organizational culture Archives - Amie Devero

If Culture Eats Strategy, What Eats Culture?

June 7, 2022
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Everyone knows the line: “Culture eats strategy for breakfast.”  It’s usually attributed to Peter Drucker, although for the life of me I can’t find any evidence he said it.  But Drucker aside, the meaning is what matters. Without the right culture, even magnificent strategies fail.

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The Reliability Game

May 24, 2022
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Organizations desperately need reliability. Few have it. In most organizations, some people are incredibly reliable, others are not. Some are conscientious and beat deadlines. Others procrastinate. The procrastinators may be overworked, or they may be disorganized and lose track of what is […]

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The Autonomy Ladder

May 2, 2022
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While there may be oddball, hyper-controlling bosses out there, most of us don’t want to lead an organization full of people who can’t make decision, solve problems, or initiate action. That’s especially true in high-growth start-ups. If employees need non-stop handholding […]

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The Scale-Up Squeeze-Out

April 12, 2022
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There often comes a time in every high-growth start-up when new executive leadership is hired –and sometimes, they replace or displace the stalwart early team members. I’ve heard this phase called “Scale-Up” as distinct from “start-up”.
When a start-up begins, it is […]

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Are You Playing the Wrong Game?

January 31, 2022
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One of the hardest things to gauge in a new organization is what is expected. At the grandest level, we call this culture. But the broadness of the term “culture” can obscure the insidious ways it messes with us.

Here’s a different cut […]

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They Won’t Come Back to the Office

December 28, 2021
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One of my clients, Larry (not his real name), is dealing with a post-pandemic dilemma. The company he works for— let’s call it Alpha, Inc.— is a big, multinational infrastructure company.  He’s the head of a substantial engineering portion of the company, and so has […]

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Measurement Madness

May 4, 2021
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There is a well-known saying that “what gets measured gets managed”.  Depending on your source, it was first said by either physicist Lord kelvin, or Peter Drucker.

It’s generally true. After all, if you plan to run a marathon, you start by finding out what distance […]

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Personal Power Run Amok

June 18, 2019
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For most of my life, through my late twenties, I was dancer. When I was about 14 I recall being in a dance class in which the teacher—she was my idol—asked us all to do a barrel turn. I had never done that jump and was […]

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