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CFO Insights — Culture shift: Changing beliefs, behaviors, and outcomes

Published on: Nov 03, 2016

Culture is like an iceberg. The part that can be seen above the waves reflects the isolated behaviors and outcomes that can surprise and sometimes frustrate incoming executives. The bulk of it, though, the submerged part, comprises the “shared beliefs and assumptions” that are often shaped over generations and can sometimes punch a hole through titanic corporate initiatives.

Changing organizational culture can be both a priority and a challenge. That said, the entire C-suite can play a vital role across the culture change steps.

This issue outlines some straightforward ways in which executives in general and incoming executives in particular can diagnose the prevailing culture and, when needed, ways in which they can work across the C-suite to drive cultural change.

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