What is an organisation’s culture?

A few posts ago, I discussed how Culture eats process for breakfast, but what is “culture”?

At the time, I had the simple approach of “what was there before”. However, and from experience, that is difficult to figure and codify! Where does one start? Who do you ask? What are the parameters for this “organisational culture”? And then, how do you evolve it?

Well I found a partial answer at “Three Bell Curves“, where you can download a document titled “Business Culture Decoded”. In that document, the author describes three bell curves (of course) that helps you understand where lies the culture of your organisation as well as how you can look at its improvement. The author also admits that this is not an easy thing to do, but since culture trumps process, if you change the culture, you will affect the process and, hopefully, get better results!

Vanity and Social Media Metrics

Let’s face it, if you have an active presence in social media, there is at least a bit of vanity in it! Your goal might be altruistic, but you feel you have something to say, to contribute to society, to make a change – and being read feels good!

Whether you are a company or an individual, you certainly like to know how your message is getting through, but how do you measure it?

Forbes has a nice article that describes  “7 Meaningless Metrics That Only Feed Your Ego” (capitalizations theirs…) – which could also be called “How to feel good about your online presence”.

Metrics are useful for any process, be it software/system development (my particular specialty) or marketing – you can’t track and govern what you can’t measure. You need, however, to be fully cognizant of what you need to measure to ensure you meet your goals (governance), and what you want to measure for other purposes (e.g., vanity). The former is essential to be able to make the right decisions to move forward, the latter is nice to have  to feel good – who does not like to have their ego boosted from time to time…

The end of an era and the prospect of new opportunities

It’s the end of an era…

At the beginning of August, after coming back from vacation, I was advised that my position at IBM was eliminated. I had been with IBM for the last 15 and a half years, through two acquisitions – the longest I have been with any company (as my LinkedIn profile accessible from the side-bar can attest). It has been a roller-coaster ride over the last few years, but I generally enjoyed my time with IBM and, especially with all the great and amazing people I have had the chance to meet.

Since then, I’ve gone through the usual loss stages and I last week I started to actively look for new opportunities. The first thing I noticed is how hard it is to write a résumé when you haven’t had to do one in over 15 years! I’m now thinking that a job search is a full-time job!

This is also a good time to revisit my strength and what I want to do with my career going forward. I still have many things to think about in that regards. I do love technology, so it will definitely still play a role in my future. And perhaps I’ll have more time to blog…

Wish me luck!