Perspectives on being a TCK (third culture kid)

If you’re a regular reader you know I’m absolutely fascinated by perspective. And there’s nothing quite like the perspective of a TCK (third culture kid). Haven’t heard that term before?  A third culture kid ‘is a person who has spent a significant part of his or her developmental years outside the parents’ culture’ according to […]

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Givers take all: The hidden dimension of corporate culture

The quotes below are from McKinsey & Co –  read the full article here. “After the tragic events of 9/11, a team of Harvard psychologists quietly “invaded” the US intelligence system. The team, led by Richard Hackman, wanted to determine what makes intelligence units effective. By surveying, interviewing, and observing hundreds of analysts across 64 […]

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Resources on culture, change & creativity, from an interview with Mozambican musician Wazimbo

In this month’s Rock.Paper.Scissors’ newsletter I interview Mozambican treasure, the musician Wazimbo & get his thoughts on culture, change & creativity.  (That’s him above.)  In this second blog post, I’ve included some resources related to the themes in our interview, including creativity, change, advice & more. Read the entire newsletter here or download a hard copy […]

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Culture, change & creativity, an interview with Mozambican musician Wazimbo

In this month’s Rock.Paper.Scissors’ newsletter I interview Mozambican treasure, the musician Wazimbo & get his thoughts on culture, change & creativity.  (That’s he & I above.)  Stay tuned for the next blog post where I’ll share some resources related to those themes, both serious & tongue in cheek. Read the entire newsletter here or download a […]

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Results of ‘What % of the time is the leading scorer on the winning World Cup team? And what does it have to do with organizational culture?!?’

Last week I wrote a post about ‘What percent of the time is the leading scorer on the winning World Cup team? And what does it have to do with organizational culture?!?,’  Spoiler alert! Now for the results…. (Didn’t get a chance to cast your interactive vote?  Simply head over there now before reading the […]

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What percent of the time is the leading scorer on the winning World Cup team? And what does it have to do with organizational culture?!?

A while back I was fortunate to take part in Dave Ulrich’s day long workshop for the Institute of Human Resource Management, in Nairobi.  One of the most interesting bits was his take on organizational culture. But first, some sports trivia compliments of Dave (note: if you’re not a sports fan like me, hang in there, […]

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‘A Maasai without their culture is like a zebra without its strips’ says my Maasai friend

‘A Maasai without their culture is like a zebra without its stripes,’ said Leteipa, our Maasai guide in the Mara for the last couple of days. The Mara (as the Maasai Mara) is known to locals here in Kenya is some 16,000 square kilometers.  Loads of space for learning, musing & having a blast.  I […]

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What is culture? 5 ways people from different countries learn differently (& 5 ways we all learn the same)

There will always misinterpretations of culture (like the photo above). I’ve done training & development work in Canada, the U.S., India, the Philippines, the Arctic, Japan, Mexico, Kenya, Saskatchewan, Uganda, Tanzania, Brazil, Spain, France, China and soon, Egypt with workshop participants from more than 80 countries. Currently I’m living & working in Kenya. As a […]

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Storytelling as a culture builder – 3 funny resources to help you get storytelling

Storytelling is an underused strategic tool for building and maintaining great organizations.  In my last two posts I covered 9 tips to help you get storytelling and three resources to help you get going. Now for three funny resources to tickle your storytelling funny bone: 1.  Listen to how this feisty grandma, a former nurse, […]

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Storytelling as a culture builder – 3 resources to help you get storytelling

Storytelling is a strategic tool for building organizational culture, managing change, teambuilding and more.  In my last post I covered 9 tips to help you get storytelling. Here are three resources to assist you in your storytelling journey: Check out Springboard, the classic book by Stephen Denning, considered the grand-daddy of using storytelling as an […]

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