Acquisition Integration Strategies Part 1

Posted on December 3, 2019 By Dr. Nancie Evans { no comments }

This blog is a chapter from my doctoral dissertation which was published in 2002. My research studied the integration of two firms involved in a joint-venture buyout, specifically Sprint Corporation’s buyout of the PCS business from its cable partners. It is important to note that PCS had operated as an independent company with no active […]

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Leaders, through their words and actions, send messages as to the right and expected way to interact and do things.

Leaders and Culture

Posted on October 18, 2019 By Dr. Nancie Evans { no comments }

Culture is created by shared experience, but it is the leader who initiates this process by acting out his or her beliefs, values, and assumptions in the behaviors he or she demonstrates and the practices he or she uses. Anyone who has worked with a very good leader or a really bad one can clearly […]

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Corporate Culture Performance Dilemma

The Culture-Performance Dilemma

Posted on August 20, 2019 By Dr. Nancie Evans { no comments }

If you are a manager at any level in an organization, you need to care about culture. Specifically, you need to understand how your words and actions are affecting the values, beliefs and assumptions of the people within your sphere of influence, and particularly those who report to you. This goes well beyond behaving in […]

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Conducting Culture Due Diligence

Conducting Culture Due Diligence

Posted on July 25, 2019 By Dr. Nancie Evans { no comments }

Every acquisition an organization makes, no matter how large or small, has a culture that defines the way things are done around here. This is deeply embedded in its DNA and affects all aspects of organizational life. It is anchored in a set of unconscious and taken-for-granted beliefs and assumptions about the expected and best […]

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A Leader's Sphere of Influence

Lesson 4: Who Are Your Leaders?

Posted on June 24, 2019 By Dr. Nancie Evans { no comments }

Culture is created by shared experience, but it is the leader who initiates this process by acting out his or her beliefs, values, and assumptions in the behaviors he or she demonstrates and the practices he or she uses. So far, we have focused on senior leaders due to the power they have to drive […]

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Encouraging words for leaders who are trying to change their culture for the better.

Lesson 3: The Leader’s Culture Change Toolkit

Posted on May 28, 2019 By Dr. Nancie Evans { no comments }

Most leaders already have the fundamental skills required to effectively lead culture change. They are terrific problem solvers and action-oriented. When faced with a challenge, they shift into solution mode relying on personal experience and the advice of trusted colleagues and subject matter experts to identify the best approach for the situation. They search their […]

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Lesson #2: Engaging Leaders, Changing Culture

Posted on March 14, 2019 By Dr. Nancie Evans { no comments }

This article is a draft chapter in Dr. Nancie Evans’ upcoming book, Changing Culture: 30 Years of Lessons Learned. Comments, questions and suggestions are gratefully appreciated. Happy reading! In an ideal world, senior leaders fully embrace the challenge of changing culture. As explained previously, this means role modeling the expected behaviors, reinforcing them in day-to-day […]

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Culture Change - Senior Leaders Must Lead The Way

Culture Change: Senior Leaders Must Lead The Way

Posted on February 22, 2019 By Dr. Nancie Evans { no comments }

Culture Change: 30 Years of Lessons Learned It’s been a long time coming, 11 years and multiple drafts, but I’m excited to announce that my book is finally looking like it is going to be completed. Yay! In my book, I share the many things I’ve learned over 30+ years of searching for the answer […]

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Man pushing rock up hill as an example of how difficult organizational culture change can be.

When It Comes to Culture, Change Management Isn’t Enough

Posted on February 6, 2019 By Dr. Nancie Evans { no comments }

Changing culture requires effective change management but change management is rarely if ever, enough to achieve meaningful and sustainable culture change. Imagine an entrepreneurial organization that values speed, creativity and innovation. Embedded in its culture is the belief that success depends on the ability to unleash the potential of individuals, be agile and take risks. […]

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How To Assimilate Remote Workers Into Your Company’s Culture

Posted on January 10, 2019 By Dr. Nancie Evans { no comments }

More and more, companies are turning to remote workers to help boost their revenue. According to a report from SurePayroll, 86 percent of employees say they hit “maximum productivity” when they work alone, and two-thirds of managers say remote employees are by far the most productive. Not only that, but remote workers reduce a company’s […]

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Losing Faith In Company Culture – How Google Lost Its Way

Posted on January 2, 2019 By Dr. Nancie Evans { no comments }

Google was once the beacon for how a company should operate. Thoughts of Google’s culture often included things like innovation, risk-taking, and a fun, people-oriented place to work. Today, however, long-time employees are losing faith in the company, believing that Google has lost its soul with exponential growth. According to Steven Yegge, a former Google […]

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From Innovation to Stagnation: Has Apple Forgotten Its Core Values

Posted on December 27, 2018 By Dr. Nancie Evans { no comments }

Once a leader in technological advancement, it seems today that Apple is in a corporate downturn. Where innovation was once rampant, now it seems to have turned to stagnation. What has caused this change in conditions for the industry-giant? Has Apple forgotten its core values? Apple’s Woes Apple used to be the brand associated most […]

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Culture Change: What and Why

Posted on December 17, 2018 By Dr. Nancie Evans { no comments }

Culture is something that permeates and affects every aspect of a company. It is more than values, more than people, more than their behavior and more than their relationships. A company’s culture is about its underlying beliefs and assumptions that guide action and that are learned and shared by members of groups as they strive […]

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Managing Company Culture in a Growing Brand

Posted on December 4, 2018 By Dr. Nancie Evans { no comments }

The goal of any brand is to experience continual growth. But, how does this expansion affect the inner workings of the brand and the company itself? How can you make sure that your company’s culture, or ethos, can survive rapid growth? Or can you? Fortunately, there are steps you can take to ensure your culture […]

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The Power of Culture Camps

Posted on November 7, 2018 By Dr. Nancie Evans { no comments }

Culture camps are a fairly new phenomenon in the world of corporate culture. They offer leaders the unique chance to learn about how different groups have developed—and maintained—extremely successful company cultures. The Zappos Model One of the leaders in this new cultural arena is Zappos. One of the web’s leading online clothing and shoe retailers, […]

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Creating A Culture Champions Network

Posted on October 29, 2018 By Dr. Nancie Evans { no comments }

Defining a company’s culture can be tricky. Actually changing that culture can be even tougher. One effective way to drive internal change, however, is through what is known as “culture champions.” Here is our helpful guide on creating a culture champions network. What Exactly are “Champions Networks?” Just like every single company is different, so […]

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employee churn

How To Reduce Employee Churn

Posted on September 20, 2018 By Dr. Nancie Evans { no comments }

Employee churn (or turnover, as it is also known) is something that almost every business experiences. When employees leave, it can be costly for your business. It takes time and money to find and train replacements, and it can take a while for new people to fully get the hang of things. That’s why it’s […]

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Mergers & Acquisitions – The Case for Culture

Posted on September 14, 2018 By Dr. Nancie Evans { no comments }

In 2015 a global Fortune 100 company asked us to conduct research to determine if including culture in merger and acquisition due diligence and integration activities would be a worthwhile investment. Interviews were conducted with seven of its leaders involved in both large and small acquisitions in five regions of the world. We probed to […]

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How To Use A Network Of Practices To Shape And Change Culture

Posted on September 11, 2018 By Dr. Nancie Evans { no comments }

Creating a culture by design is not easy, however, it is possible with the potential to achieve concrete results in a matter of months and not years as popularly believed. We’ve seen numerous examples in all sizes of companies across a wide range of industries and sectors that support this statement. In some cases, the […]

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Creating A Culture Of Transparency: Disclosing Sensitive Information

Posted on August 31, 2018 By Dr. Nancie Evans { no comments }

Disclosing Sensitive Information There is a wide range of reasons that leaders give to justify delays in sharing information with employees and others. This includes minimizing the risk of leaks to outside parties such as competitors, financial analysts and others who may use the information in a way that is harmful to the organization. The […]

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How To Create A Company Culture Of Transparency

Posted on August 27, 2018 By Dr. Nancie Evans { no comments }

Transparency is a quality we value in others, but especially our leaders. It is essential to establishing and maintaining credibility and trust, which in turn contributes to positive relationships, collaboration, idea generation and the sharing of knowledge. In organizations that value transparency, there is an understanding that information can and will be shared. Further, when […]

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Announcing Our New Website!

Posted on August 22, 2018 By Dr. Nancie Evans { no comments }

We at Culture-Strategy Fit are excited to announce our new and improved website at After months of hard work, designing and redesigning, we have successfully created an informative, user-friendly site that highlights all our culture-based business products and services. Why Is A Company’s Culture So Important? Culture creates the capacity to achieve great things. […]

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Role of Leaders on Company Culture

The Amplifying Effect of Leaders on Company Culture

Posted on August 13, 2018 By Dr. Nancie Evans { no comments }

Leadership is the primary driving force behind company culture. In a thoughtful piece for the Harvard Business Review, Jim Whitehurst, the CEO of Red Hat, one of the leading providers of enterprise IT products and solutions, argues that changing a company’s culture isn’t easy, but involves changing how the employees of that company behave and […]

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How To Improve Your Company’s Culture In 6 Simple Steps

Posted on June 18, 2018 By Dr. Nancie Evans { no comments }

You can’t overestimate the importance of your company’s culture. The problem for companies with a bad culture, however, is that it’s a very difficult thing to change. Here are 6 simple ways to dramatically improve your company’s culture. Articulate Your Company’s Vision A company’s leaders must clearly understand its vision before staff can see how […]

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Why Do Employees Leave Companies With Great Cultures

Why Employees Leave Companies With Great Cultures

Posted on June 8, 2018 By Dr. Nancie Evans { no comments }

Corporate culture is one of those topics that has recently floated down from the business world’s ethereal zeitgeist to finally take its rightful place among other equally-important strategic issues in practical, real-world company conversations. Today, however, many C-level executives have found themselves wondering, “Why do employees leave companies with great company cultures?” A company’s culture […]

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The Importance Of Corporate Culture

The Importance Of Culture In M&A

Posted on June 8, 2018 By Dr. Nancie Evans { no comments }

Failure to address corporate culture is the key barrier in up to 85 percent of failed M&A transactions. Similarly, more than half of the respondents in a recent survey by IntraLinks said that corporate culture is the most important factor leading to deal success. These examples demonstrate that problems arise when two companies merge but […]

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The Chocolate Factory Culture Change Simulation

Posted on June 3, 2018 By Dr. Nancie Evans { no comments }

Companies today more than ever are faced with rapidly changing environments – new competitors, evolving customer expectations, changing demographics, emerging technology – all of which are working together to create more and more pressure on results.  Many companies are discovering that their successful playbooks of the past are no longer working resulting in changes to […]

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How C-Suite Executives Can Begin to Change Their Company's Culture Today

How You Can Improve Your Company’s Culture Today

Posted on April 12, 2018 By Dr. Nancie Evans { no comments }

Over the past decade, the business world has finally come around to acknowledging the importance of company culture. Businesses of all sizes are placing a premium on how their employees, managers, and executives communicate and experience their work. More importantly, businesses are examining how to improve this communication and culture. Many companies, however, still fail […]

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Company Culture for Airlines

The Business World’s Strongest Corporate Cultures

Posted on April 5, 2018 By Dr. Nancie Evans { no comments }

Your company’s culture is more than just your mission statement. It’s who you are, what you stand for, and, most importantly, why you do what you do. Every company, both big and small, has a culture. Some do it better than others. Here are five examples of brands with a positive company culture to show […]

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where to next for the CEO and company culture

Where to Next for the CEO & Culture?

Posted on February 27, 2018 By Dr. Nancie Evans { no comments }

A recent article in BOF, How Gucci’s Company Culture Fuels Business Success, about how the CEO of the company, Marco Bizzarri, has used culture to drive an impressive business turnaround speaks clearly to what every CEO needs to be doing about culture in 2018. Every CEO needs to be wading deeply into their company’s culture […]

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Where to Next for the CHRO & Culture? 5 Things Every CHRO Should be Doing in 2018

Posted on January 15, 2018 By Dr. Nancie Evans { no comments }

The new year brings with it a time to reflect on what’s ahead and what we need to accomplish. For CHRO’s and other HR leaders, this will be a tough year. Not only is the external environment more competitive, dynamic, and complex, but inappropriate or disrespectful behavior and inequitable practices are less and less acceptable. […]

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Additional Problems with the Use of Benchmarks

Additional Problems with the Use of Benchmarks

Posted on June 22, 2017 By Dr. Nancie Evans { no comments }

This is the third and final part of our series about why companies should be careful with benchmarks. Effective Cultures are Contextually Appropriate An organization’s performance is affected by the extent its culture is contextually appropriate and aligned to strategy. A contextually appropriate culture acknowledges the importance of industry, but also reflects market dynamics, societal […]

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The Problem with Industry Benchmarks

The Problem with Industry Benchmarks

Posted on June 22, 2017 By Dr. Nancie Evans { no comments }

The bottom-line is benchmarks and benchmarking, while not necessary, can be helpful when used as a starting point for a deeper exploration of culture and its implications for strategy and performance. Specifically, a framework of culture attributes provides a common language and structure. This allows people to share perspectives and make explicit the underlying beliefs, […]

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Culture Benchmarks- A Dangerous Practice

Culture Benchmarks: A Dangerous Practice

Posted on June 15, 2017 By Dr. Nancie Evans { no comments }

While many culture survey providers use industry benchmarks, this is a dangerous practice that can cause leaders to make decisions based on incomplete or misleading information. The premise behind benchmarks is that there is such a thing as the best or right culture (good versus bad) which simply is not true. A more appropriate and […]

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Strategies for Shaping Culture Part 3

Strategies for Shaping Culture Part 3

Posted on June 8, 2017 By Dr. Nancie Evans { no comments }

In our prior two Strategies for Shaping Culture blogs we discussed three strategies that lay the foundation for shaping culture for future success and two strategies that accelerate it. This leaves the question of how to sustain changes to culture so that early attempts don’t fizzle out. This blog discusses six ways to support, embed […]

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Strategies for Shaping Culture Part 2

Strategies for Shaping Culture Part 2

Posted on June 1, 2017 By Dr. Nancie Evans { no comments }

In our previous blog, we talked about three strategies to start the process of shaping culture proactively to deliver strategy and goals. The first strategy, Create a Future Focus described the need to paint a picture of the future culture and how it will support long term success. The second strategy, Assess Your Culture, described […]

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3 Strategies for Shaping Culture

3 Strategies for Shaping Culture

Posted on May 30, 2017 By Dr. Nancie Evans { no comments }

Building on culture strengths and making the culture changes required to execute strategy and achieve an organization’s goals are complex tasks. This demands the ownership, action, and accountability of business leaders in partnership with Human Resources. Culture is ‘sticky’ so focusing on one approach such as communication or leadership workshops is rarely sufficient to sustain […]

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Increase Effectiveness of M&A Integration

Increase Effectiveness of M&A Integration

Posted on May 23, 2017 By Dr. Nancie Evans { no comments }

Statistically speaking, more than half of all mergers lose value for their combined companies. We will let MBAs ruminate on their case studies because we know the reason why so many mergers are not as successful as they should be; there is a culture clash. According to a study by Marsh Mercer Kroll, 50% of […]

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