Understanding What Really Matters about Organizational Culture: A Conversation with Gerry McDonough, CEO of LeadFirst

November 14, 2016
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According to Deloitte’s 2015 Global Human Capital Trends survey, organizational culture issues are now the number one challenge companies face around the world. The survey found that more than half of respondents say their organizations have either a poor program or no program at all to measure and improve culture. As coaches, we very often find leading culture to be a core challenge faced by the leaders we are coaching. We further find that leaders often operate with assumptions about culture that turn out to be inaccurate. In this week’s episode, guest host Randy Chittum will talk with Gerry McDonough, CEO of LeadFirst, a human capital consulting firm in DC. In this conversation, we will learn from LeadFirst’s culture studies now spanning more than thirty years, with almost 650 cultures studied and developed. Another key topic for discussion will be the impact of culture on performance and if there are cultural factors that indicate a greater likelihood of success.

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Episode Directory

December 2016

November 2016

  • 11/28/2016: What It Really Means to Lead Culture with Gary Corless Listen Now
  • 11/21/2016: How Unconscious Bias Shapes and is Shaped by Culture with Jackie Cranford Listen Now
  • 11/14/2016: Understanding What Really Matters about Organizational Culture: A Conversation with Gerry McDonough, CEO of LeadFirst Listen Now

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