We all know that the right culture is essential for an organisation’s success. But organisational culture is abstract, it’s intangible, it’s a gut feeling. Right?

It doesn’t have to be. Culture is very concrete. That’s why I developed the Culture Canvas. No fluffiness, no vague values: Culture becomes as easy as filling in a piece of paper – easy to understand for everyone, concrete to work with, and tangible to change.

Research shows that a good culture leads among other things to higher productivity, more happiness, higher engagement and less sick-leaves. But deep down, we know what amazing things we’re capable of when we feel valued, listened to, and safe.

Use the Culture Canvas today to support your organisation’s goals and the people around you to do their best work.

Why use it

Analyse your culture

Write down your observations under each category. Finish off by summarising your observations, and voilà analysing your organisation's culture becomes as easy as filling in a piece of paper.

Understand its impact

Understand how your culture affects the organisation and its people. Which parts of your culture are helping you and which are limiting you in doing your best work?

Start build the right culture

How would you like your organisation to be in the future? Start build a culture that supports both the organisation’s goals and its people to do their best work.

How to use it

  1. Sit together with a team
  2. Anywhere in between 2-10 people is fine! If you are more, break up the group into smaller ones.

  3. Fill in the Culture Canvas
  4. Individually, fill in the sections of the canvas, except for beliefs & values. There are no wrong answers and you can start anywhere you want. The questions are there to trigger you, but feel free to fill in what you think fits best!

  5. Summarise your observations
  6. Done filling in the boxes? Start identifying common themes and write them under beliefs & values

  7. Share with each other
  8. Share your canvasses with each other. What are similarities and differences? What do you say you do and what do you really do? Which parts of your culture are helping you and which are limiting you in doing your best work?

  9. Decide the next steps
  10. To start build a culture that supports both the organisation’s goals and its people to do their best work, define and write down together which are the three next steps to take, when to have them take place, and who is responsible for them.

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Need help?

The Culture Canvas is designed by Marc Vollebregt, an independant Culture Facilitotor, making working together work.

Having difficulties filling in the Culture Canvas with your team? Want to have a better analysis, a deeper dialogue or more concrete outcomes? Reach out to know more about how Marc can help you!

Do you have a question, feedback or an idea you would like to share? Let him know.

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