Corporate Cultures: Bottom-up change is best.
Corporate cultures have deep roots, and have been built and perpetuated over years. No leader can change a culture from the top-down by commanding change. A culture shift must be built from the bottom up, focusing on the thousand little actions, habits and traditions that sustain the culture, and shifting mindsets of the keepers of the culture one event at a time.
Here is a link to a great article from Booz and Company that supports our viewpoint.
It is hard work to stick to a true bottom-up cultural mindset change; it takes lots of “blocking and tackling,” too. To work best, it has to be the idea of those culture keepers to make the change themselves, with your gentle husbanding of the process.
Clearly corporations are catching on to this, because demand for Bovo-Tighe services jumped quite a bit during the recent recession, which we can only ascribe to our hard-earned reputation as excellent “process husbanders!“