Corporate culture, social change and attractive conference venues

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  • 14. July 2014

Nordic conference venue in 2014

As CTT Certified Consultants, we have been working together with the Barrett Values Centre for 15 years. With its corporate values assessment, CTT developed a tool that renders values and corporate cultures measurable in a pragmatic form.

Every two years, a worldwide CTT congress is held, which, in addition to new features and application examples for the tools, also offers interesting guest speakers on various topics and room for exchanging experiences with an international perspective.

The 2012 meeting was held in Cape Town, South Africa, and beside Richard Barrett included Raj Sisodia as a key note speaker, representative of “Conscious Capitalism” as a much discussed topic in the United States and author of “Firms of Endearment”. From my point of view, the two representatives of different groups that had demonstrated for democracy and social change on Cairo’s Tahir Square in 2011 and presented their successes and setbacks in a very lively manner and closely related to the topic of values and cultural change were the highlight.

At the 2014 meeting near Stockholm, Sweden, where the motto was “Building a values-driven society”, the 160 participants came from five continents, and approximately one half of them were company representatives (change managers, HR representatives, etc.), and the other half were consultants who are working with the tools.

My personal highlight there was the project report by Liz Murphy, titled “The Power of Perils of Using Measurement in Organizational Culture Development”, a report about a worldwide corporate culture change project by the globally active Old Mutual insurance group (> 50,000 employees).

The 2016 International Conference will probably take place September 28 – 30 in Toronto, Canada.