Meet 61 Experts Shaping How We Understand Workplace Culture
Shawn Murphy | October 14, 2019
6 min read
When you think of your workplace culture, what descriptions come to mind? Do those descriptors support business growth? What words describe how the culture helps facilitate great work from employees? If your culture inhibits both organizational and employee growth, then a culture of mediocracy settles in.
The tricky reality with culture is it’s difficult to articulate a common definition of the current reality. Initiate conversations about what needs to change and you’ll hear myriad variations. What’s more, culture change takes time, money, and many founders and executives lose patience with the pace of it. Yet, we know from decades of research that culture is central to many desirable business outcomes: growth, profit, and innovation, for starters.
Certainly, there is no shortage of experts with an opinion and methods to shape and change workplace culture. (Full disclosure: I’m one of those experts with an opinion and methods.)
If there are so many leaders in the space, why aren’t more workplace cultures extraordinary?
As long as humans are involved in the “doing of” work, culture change will be messy
Change triggers our fear response and not all of us respond positively
Culture is context and context is extremely nuanced
The influencers of culture, social trends, technology advancements, and global and local economy and political trends, are always evolving
While the realities of changing a culture come with an arsenal of challenges, there is hope. There have been significant advancements in academic research, highly visible CEOs successfully showing new ways to partner with employees, and practitioners and consultants sharing their solutions and insights about more effective culture change solutions.
The next three posts from me will feature a list of people leading the way to a more modern approach to culture change. The three posts will feature one list each. The list is categorized by CEOs, academic practitioners, and practitioners and consultants.
The list is comprehensive, but imperfect. Because of the quality and quantity of people helping improve organizational life, I can’t go into detail on every person. Those featured below are some of my personal favorites and also have unique, specialized input into the discipline of changing workplace culture. My goal, though, is not perfection. Rather, it is to point you in the direction of people who might help you deepen your understanding of how to change your company or team’s culture.
Let’s get to work.
Featured Academic Practitioners
Teresa Amabile: How life outside of work influences performance at work
Kim S. Cameron: How virtuous practices and transformational leadership shape culture
By Shawn Murphy, Director of Organizational Development and Workplace Trends and
Author of Work Tribes: The Surprising Secret to Breakthrough Performance, Astonishing Results, and Keeping Teams Together