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Schein’s 3 Levels of Culture

Edgar Schein’s model of organisational culture originated in the 1980s. Schein identified three distinct levels: artifacts and behaviours, espoused values and deep underlying assumptions. In this video we look at how you might evaluate your current business based on Schein’s three levels and then what you might do to reinforce the values in your business.

Watch the video to get the background information on Schein’s three levels of culture,  Keen Learner’s values and starting point and feel free to request the templates I am happy to share.

1. First consider your company values – here is an example:

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2. Use the template to evaluate the surface manifestations of culture in your business

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3. Use the template to evaluate the Espoused Values in your business

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4. Use the template to evaluate the Deep Cultural Assumptions in your business.  If you struggle with this then you might want to consider watching the Morgan Cultural Metaphor video

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Please do share your experiences with Schein’s models in the comments below.  I am building a portfolio of small business case studies and would love to include examples of what has worked well for you.

PS – If you need further help then give me a call on 07962 626604 to arrange a Skype session with me.

PPS – This exercise forms part of a series of workshops on Company Culture

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