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August 27, 2012


Ed Baldwin

We could all gain from developing some simple tools to assess our ability and commitment to building a great culture. Most of the tools out there are complex, expensive not tremendously more telling than this litmus test. Good stuff KD.

Glenn S. Phillips

I'm calling contradiction! The veto power should only come if the culture is already great and you trust that culture to maintain itself.

But your premise was about BUILDING a great culture, which suggests the culture is not great yet. So, do you give people the veto power during the building, when many may not be interested in change (regardless of their stated public comments)?

Frank Zupan

Interesting idea which presupposes that the "HR/Talent Pro" can tell the difference between good culture and a hole in the ground. My own observations and anecdotal evidence suggest otherwise...


It's pretty safe to assume that if the CEO understands culture, the HR Leader understands culture even more. Can't imagine a CEO who understands culture that would tolerate a HR Leader that doesn't. Now, if your CEO doesn't understand culture you may have a HR Leader that doesn't by definition, but again hard to imagine their understanding being less than the CEO. I guess your CEO could not expect, and therefore not hold HR accountable, for culture leadership. But that sounds a little dinosaur to me at this point. Maybe I'm wrong...

Ryan Zupancic

My two cents... I think I am with Glenn... Is your organization's culture worth protecting if the CEO doesn't understand it? Unless the guy was just installed as CEO, like it or not he already shapes the culture. Requesting explicit veto power seems to suggest you don't already have the ability to influence him from a bad decision. If that is the situation, I think you need some other work done before worrying about some litmus test. If you arent sitting at the table, I doubt this question will help you get there.


Why only the HR/talent pro would have veto power? I worked in a place where any team member could veto, even if they would not work closely to the candidate.

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