April 20, 2020

How to Redesign Team Culture to Thrive Online

Culture has been defined by Schneider as ‘the way we do things around here’. I like this definition because it is simple and easily understood. I have a different definition which I think is more useful but harder to understand: ‘Organisational culture is a locally observed phenomenon projected subjectively onto a wider group of people.’….

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April 16, 2020

Here’s Why Your Office Culture Doesn’t Translate Online

Every office worker has been forced into working from home due to global lockdown. With a huge reduction of sales, disruption to supply-chains having both up and downstream impacts, and staff either working from home, laid off, or on a furlough; it is not surprising that most organisations have over-looked a very vital piece of…

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November 20, 2019

How to Overcome Key Agile Challenges

This February 2020 we are delighted to welcome Michael Sahota back to London for 2 days of transformational “Agile” Culture and Leadership (CAL1) training. As a leading trainer for the CAL1 Program through the Scrum Alliance Michael has taught over 700 graduates worldwide. His classes are controversial and unique but that’s what allows his students to…

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May 31, 2018

If We Change How Organisations Operate & What They Value, Can We Change The World?

We’re excited to announce and welcome Tessa Copper to our next AWA meetup. Tessa is the director of People and Culture at FutureLearn (a social learning platform, enabling online learning through conversation. It offers free and paid for online courses from world-leading UK and international universities, as well as organisations such as Accenture, the British…

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May 21, 2018

Overcome Common Agile Challenges with Michael Sahota’s Certified Agile Leadership Experience

Most organisations are working with agile practices but many are failing due to a number of shared and common challenges. From the Version 1 Survey we know that the most common challenges are due to: company philosophy or culture is at odds with core agile values lack of agile experience lack of management support The…

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May 10, 2018

Using Agile Principles to Develop Company Culture Part 2: Individuals and Interactions Over Processes and Tools

In this second post about applying agile principles at FutureLearn (see the first) Tessa Cooper, Director of People and Culture at FutureLearn, talks about why hiding behind email and tools makes companies less efficient and how putting time into interactions with individuals can make a company more effective. “Individuals and interactions, over processes and tools”…

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May 3, 2018

Using Agile Principles to Develop Company Culture Part 1: Introduction

In this introduction to a series of posts, Tessa Cooper, the Director of People and Culture at FutureLearn (an online training platform teaching courses in everything from coding, to languages, to Shakespeare, to genetics) discusses why she believes agile working principles can be used to develop company culture. Many of the individual principles and practices…

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February 18, 2018

How to Change Culture

There are many models for discussing Culture change that are useful in opening the conversation with leadership. Models I have found useful include: The Schneider Model Frederic Laloux model based upon spiral dynamics The Sahota model These models give us the ability to see where things are now and where we are focusing our efforts,…

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October 8, 2017

Ignore the Hierarchy!

History of Agile and Organisational Change Timeline game

Ignore the Hierarchy! Hierarchy is one of the defining cultural properties of modern civilisation. It is part of a reinforcing loop that encourages conformity and includes leadership and structure. From experience, I know that you cannot change culture directly. In the Enterprise Agility Masterclass (EAM) we use the AWA model which defines levers we can adjust,…

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