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Changing Corporate Culture With Cultural Nudging

Changing Corporate Culture With Cultural Nudging

What is Cultural Nudging Cultural nudging is a concept where we can alter people's behaviour in a predictable way without forbidding them to choose other options. It is used a lot in architecture where you want people to move in a specific way and pace in a building....

Why Business Leaders shouldn’t run Countries

Why Business Leaders shouldn’t run Countries

We often hear the argument that a country should be run like a business. We hear that politicians are talentless and that they have no knowledge about the real life. The people who are standing on the side shouting this are usually people who are (or claim to be)...

How much cultural Intelligence do you have?

How much cultural Intelligence do you have?

Look carefully at the image above. What do you pay attention to first, the different colours or the similar shapes? If you see the different colours first it means that you have a preference for looking for differences before you see similarities. If, however, you see...

I just say things as they are…

I just say things as they are…

"I just say things as they are" is a phrase you might hear quite often. Maybe even without paying attention to it. If you - as we do in Gugin work with leadership development, conflict reconciliation and cultural identities you DO pay attention to phrases like that....

Can you do too much for your employees?

Can you do too much for your employees?

We raise the question because we did a large survey for a client last month that gave some surprising results - results that will require some further research - for sure, but we will disclose the conclusions with you in this article. We have anonymised the name and...

How creative are you? And how do you turn it into innovation?

How creative are you? And how do you turn it into innovation?

We often hear about the need for being creative. We even have a so-called creative class. It is usually people ( all dressed in black ) working in the advertising industry. They claim they have unique skills when it comes to creativity and they are excellent at luring...

Cross-Cultural Team Development in the Southern French Alps

Cross-Cultural Team Development in the Southern French Alps

Develop your team's intercultural competencies in one of Europe's largest nature reserves, Parc National du Mercantour. We can learn so much from nature and we want you to use wild nature as inspiration for your own and your team's development. For many years, Gugin...

Why leaving Facebook is the right thing to do

Why leaving Facebook is the right thing to do

Why leaving Facebook is the right thing to do This article is about why I closed my Facebook account 2 months ago and why I feel it is one of the best decisions I have made in a very long time I actually started writing this article before Facebook fell down from the...

Artificial Intelligence :: How not to destroy your company culture

Artificial Intelligence :: How not to destroy your company culture

This article is about how artificial intelligence will affect company cultures. What happens when the hero in the organisation is no longer a senior person but a computer? What happens when your boss tells you that he trust the computer more than he trusts you? What...

Cultural fit or Skills? What is most important when hiring people?

Cultural fit or Skills? What is most important when hiring people?

Cultural fit or skills – what is most important when you hire people? You will probably say both, but which one comes first? Do you start by looking for people who culturally fit into your organisation or do you start by looking for specific skills for a specific job?

Be Global in anything you do everywhere ​in the world

Be Global in anything you do everywhere ​in the world

It seems Hamlet is not alone with his whim. Born from a genius mind four centuries ago, it still holds true to describe one of the most difficult processes for any human being: Decision Making. It can be as complex as a multinational acquisition or as simple as what...

United Airlines corporate culture – a patient to be examined

United Airlines corporate culture – a patient to be examined

The United Airlines corporate culture exposed When a Kentucky physician was dragged off a United Airlines plane it naturally created headlines around the world as it was an incomprehensible act, which didn't make sense to anybody. If it had been a violent passenger or...

Fear as a Management tool? – Take the Survey

Fear as a Management tool? – Take the Survey

How often do you use fear to motivate? In the Gugin Research Team, we are about to start researching on how, when and why we as managers use fear as a management tool. Our preliminary research shows that some use it often, others never but almost everyone we have...

Cultural Audit – Get the truth about your organisation

Cultural Audit – Get the truth about your organisation

Cultural Audit - Discover the truth about your organisation Introduction Cultural audit is the process where we describe all the aspects of a particular organisational culture. Gugin has developed and refined a comprehensive framework that gives us all the insight we...

Which Rules are you ready to break to be considered a Leader?

I gave my students in “Leadership across Cultures” the exam question: “Which rules and norms will you break in order to be considered a leader?” This article covers some of the findings and delivers a glimpse of what future employers can expect from ambitious american students

How to successfully screw up a business meeting

How to successfully screw up a business meeting

It happens all the time - we screw up a business meeting. We have an important business meeting coming up (first meeting with mother-in-law included) and we need it go well. We are well-prepared. We know all the numbers forward and backwards, we have our sales pitches...

How a bank discovered that banking wasn’t its core competence

How a bank discovered that banking wasn’t its core competence

This article is about what can happen when you look at your company's culture and core competencies with an open mind. It is also about having the courage as a leader to make drastic decisions in order to leverage your company's culture in the very best way. A...

There is one thing worse than bad leadership

There is one thing worse than bad leadership

We are good at reducing bad leadership Most leaders and managers are well aware that the quality of their performance has a huge influence on the people they manage or lead. This is also why organisational feedback systems are so valuable because they indicate how and...

Don’t Compromise – solve Dilemmas a more intelligent way

Don’t Compromise – solve Dilemmas a more intelligent way

Politicians use it all the time, Business executives use it, Parents use it too - the word; compromise. We learn to compromise because we are told this is what we have to do when different values or interests collide. And we are proud when we have managed to seek a...

RSS Gugins Blog posts

  • Cultural Dilemma 1: The Owner’s Daughter 20. May, 2022
    As leaders we are faced with dilemmas all the time. if you have a high level of Cultural intelligence you will reconcile them successfully The post Cultural Dilemma 1: The Owner’s Daughter appeared first on Gugin.
    Finn Majlergaard
  • Cultural Diversity is the key to Success for Global Companies 16. May, 2022
    Taking advantage of cultural diversity is propable the biggest hidden resource in business today. Gugin has helped hundreds of companies around the world becoming better The post Cultural Diversity is the key to Success for Global Companies appeared first on Gugin.
    Finn Majlergaard
  • Leadership Keynote Speaker by Dr Finn Majlergaard 3. May, 2022
    Leadership keynote speaker, Dr Finn Majlergaard delivers thought-provoking global leadership speeches and workshops all over the world, based on 25 years of experience with 600+ companies. Anyone can copy your product but no one can copy your culture. Learn to become the best in leadership The post Leadership Keynote Speaker by Dr Finn Majlergaard appeared […]
    Finn Majlergaard
  • When Innovation dies it is too late to change 3. May, 2022
    Becoming innovative is difficult - staying innovative is harder - and when it fades it is almost always too late to change the culture The post When Innovation dies it is too late to change appeared first on Gugin.
    Finn Majlergaard
  • Intercultural Leadership – Challenges and Opportunities 2. May, 2022
    Cross Cultural Management is challenging to most managers. This article outlines 3 of the challenges and suggests how you can deal with them The post Intercultural Leadership – Challenges and Opportunities appeared first on Gugin.
    Finn Majlergaard
  • The Nobel peace Prize to Europe – A Warning 30. April, 2022
    The post The Nobel peace Prize to Europe – A Warning appeared first on Gugin.
    Finn Majlergaard
  • When we accept behaviour today we wouldn’t accept before 29. April, 2022
    The post When we accept behaviour today we wouldn’t accept before appeared first on Gugin.
    Finn Majlergaard
  • Organisational Culture Nudging – an intelligent way to change behaviour 26. April, 2022
    The post Organisational Culture Nudging – an intelligent way to change behaviour appeared first on Gugin.
    Finn Majlergaard
  • Cultural Intelligence, what is it and how do you develop it? 24. April, 2022
    The post Cultural Intelligence, what is it and how do you develop it? appeared first on Gugin.
    Finn Majlergaard
  • Cultural diversity in the workplace 24. April, 2022
    Learn how important it is to benefit financially and strategically from the cultural diversity in the workplace. The post Cultural diversity in the workplace appeared first on Gugin.
    Finn Majlergaard

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