Layers of Culture

I was working on a section of a course I am preparing for Mid-Atlantic Christian University to be taught this fall — you can find more information at — This was the first time I have added a voice-over sound file to a presentation that I uploaded to So, I thought I’d share it with you as this week’s post.   Transcript Like an iceberg, you cannot fully understand an organization’s culture unless…

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From Ideal to Real: How to Close the Values Gap

Values are deeply held beliefs about ultimate desired outcomes and how to achieve them. We all have them; unfortunately, what we say we value often does not match what our behavior says we value. This is the difference between ideal values and real values. The one we use to justify and explain our behavior; the other actually drives our behavior. Not only individuals, but also organizations often proclaim one set of values while their behavior…

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Should I Leave? (Part III)

What should you do? You decide you have done all the things suggested in my previous two posts and are still convinced that the problem runs deeper than self-knowledge, interpersonal knowledge, or organizational knowledge.* Clearly, the time to move on may have arrived. One question remains: “Will staying with this organization require you to violate your own core values?” If the answer is “yes,” you should move on as soon as is ethically and practically…

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Should I Leave? (Part II)

“If the organization I am trying to lead does not share my core values, should I leave?” In addition to doing a self-check on the principles I talked about in my last post, I would also recommend you do some research that will inform your decision. In particular, you should check your self-knowledge, your interpersonal knowledge, and your organizational knowledge. Self-Knowledge I’m talking here about checking your self-awareness. This is hard to do when you’re…

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Should I Leave? (Part I)

“I am a committed individual, passionate about life and about doing something significant. But I am experiencing some roadblocks where I work. I think my core personal values are not shared by the organizational leadership with whom I work. What should I do? Do you think I should leave?” I was recently asked this very question. It made me think and think hard. How would you respond? What to do if your core values are…

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  • Proverbs 15:23 October 22, 2021
    “A person finds joy in giving an apt reply— and how good is a timely word!”
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