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2019 FoCD

Good Ethics & Good Culture

Organisational culture eats strategy for breakfast.

If your organisation's culture is toxic, parachuting in a new leader can only do so much to fix the problems.

If your culture is healthy and positive, you can achieve great things.

Right now we're seeing evidence of cultural failure behind many of the crises facing banks, political parties, government agencies, statutory authorities, schools, police, emergency services, sporting clubs, and any number of big and small companies.

Time and time again, we see that cultural failure is a result of poor ethics.

A good culture is an ethical culture.

Most not-for-profit leaders aim to set - and expect the people in their organisations to practise - high standards of ethical behaviour that will protect their organisation's reputation and maintain the trust of members, clients and stakeholders.

Sometimes, though, the line between right and wrong can become blurred as we manage the day-to-day complexities of life.

How do we, as community leaders, ensure we keep to the right path and practice good ethics, and in doing so, cultivate a good organisational culture?


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