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Living Culture: A Values-driven Approach to Revitalising Your Company Culture Hardcover – 30 Nov 2000


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  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Random House Business Books (30 Nov. 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0712669590
  • ISBN-13: 978-0712669597
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 13.8 x 2.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,262,999 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Practical insights into company culture
I wrote 'Living Culture' because I wished I had found a book like it when I started out running KPMG’s global culture change process back in early 1997. In my experience, few books on the subject of culture offer practical advice or in-depth examples that help people develop their day-to-day approach to cultural issues in their own organisations. 'Living Culture' draws heavily on my experiences of bringing about culture change at KPMG, a global professional services firm, as well as my wider experience as a management consultant. Its aim is to provide readers with what they need to strengthen the culture of their own organisations: a clear framework for understanding culture, practical ideas, tools and techniques, and the learning gained from first-hand experience.

I am keen to dispel the myth that culture is a ‘touchy-feely’, mysterious thing, and for this reason, have kept the text free of the usual management jargon and focused on the practicalities of what can be done. I have also related many in-depth, real-life examples and approaches. 'Living Culture' is based on sound theory, but is presented in a readable way that I hope will make it an enjoyable as well as an informative read.

Every organisation’s culture is unique, so 'Living Culture' avoids generic, cook-book style approaches and aims to help people develop tailored solutions which will work in their own organisations. Although the book tells the story of culture change at KPMG, a global organisation with over 100,000 people, the lessons to be learned are applicable to any organisation, whether it is large or small, whether it is in business or not.

'Living Culture' will be of interest to managers and leaders everywhere, especially those involved in change, as well as management consultants, business school students and those interested in business strategy or organisational psychology. In short, 'Living Culture' is intended for anyone who wants to better understand organisational culture and how to change it.

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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 5 Jan. 2001
Format: Hardcover
Books about corporate culture are normally dense academic tomes full of incomprehensible jargon. Jan Thornbury has changed all that. She's done a brilliant job of explaining in plain English everything you need to know about managing and re-vitalising your company's culture. Using a single in-depth example to illustrate her advice, she offers the reader direct, practical methods for making your aspired business values come alive across your whole organisation. If you've ever wondered how the world's best-run companies manage to create such dynamic, winning cultures for their employees and customers, all you need to do is buy this book. Their secret is finally out.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 13 Mar. 2001
Format: Hardcover
Not just another book on dealing with difficult organisational culture. This one is inspirational because of its richness in first-hand stories. It is filled with as much enlightenment as practical suggestions.
It convincingly assures us that there is no magic needed to lead culture change; that we can make a remarkable difference and that others will thrive because of it.
This book is written as if Jan were talking to the reader. She keeps the dialogue open, relaxed and light with such deep and meaningful messages. It is as much fun to learn what went wrong as it is to be given real and helpful guides.
She makes it possible to see a way out of our usual resignation that "our real problem is this company's culture. It stops us every step of the way." She helps us know what to look at, how to stay motivated and how to make any one of our cultures better for the people both inside and outside.
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By Tim M on 10 April 2014
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Used as material for my MBA. Very useful and served as a good reference for the course. I thoroughly recommend, although perhaps not for bedtime reading.
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