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How we look at culture

Leaders set the tone within an organization. Therefore, in finding great leaders and helping them become the best possible version of themselves, we at Egon Zehnder have always worked at the very heart of organizational culture. There are many ways of describing organizational culture, but a simple definition of it is “The way things are done around here”. We believe that the best way to examine culture is by looking closely at the behaviors exhibited in an organization. In high-performing organizations, the members believe in a shared vision, which leads to shared beliefs and expectations. These in turn produce behavioral norms (or socially created standards about what constitutes appropriate or inappropriate attitudes and behaviors), that powerfully shape the behavior of individuals and groups. Looking at culture this way, it allows to measure, manage and change it.

Culture is a critical driver of success

Research and experience have taught us that alignment of strategy, structure, and culture – along with a clarity of purpose and values – is a powerful driver of success. There is a clear correlation between organizational culture and a firm’s performance (e. g. in terms of financial standing, market valuation, reputation, etc.). Understanding cultural norms is crucial to understanding, aligning and/or changing the organization as well as hiring and integrating new members.

How we can help you

Egon Zehnder’s Culture Profile is a light and versatile tool designed to help discover and unlock the true potential of culture. The tool can serve our clients in many ways and in many different situations, including:

  • Executive Search | Exploring the culture alignment between candidates and organizations
  • Executive Assessment | Discovering cultural preferences and contribution of the executive
  • Team & Organizational Culture Change | Aligning and working towards a desired culture
  • Merger & Acquisition (M&A) | Understanding and uniting two different cultures

Egon Zehnder has collaborated with Prof. Charles O’Reilly (Stanford Graduate School of Business) and his team to create the Egon Zehnder Culture Profile. It is based on the Organizational Culture Profile (OCP), a scientifically validated self-report tool developed by his research team in 1991 and updated since. The OCP is well established in academic circles and has been validated and used across industries to help clients with a range of cultural challenges. We have created a proprietary version of the tool for our practice, without compromising on the validity or scientific robustness.

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Culture Consultants

Greig Schneider

Greig Schneider

Boston

Global Lead

Greig Schneider, based in Boston, leads the firm’s Leadership Advisory practice. He was Egon Zehnder’s U. S. Managing Partner from 2010 to 2016 and… Read more

Bhawana Malhotra

Bhawana Malhotra

Singapore

Global Lead

Bhawana Malhotra, based in Singapore, has deep expertise in health care and guides clients in the health, consumer, and technology sectors. Read more

Dom Loehnis

Dom Loehnis

London

Dom Loehnis, based in London, works closely with media companies, including broadcasters, publishers, and information services… Read more

Hilke Öry

Hilke Öry

Amsterdam

Hilke holds an MBA from INSEAD and a BA in Mathematics from a leading US University, Dartmouth College. Read more

Isabelle Claus

Isabelle Claus

Brussels

Isabelle Claus is active in Egon Zehnder’s Industrial and Human Resources practices. Based in Brussels, she is a trusted advisor to clients on… Read more

Moritz von Campenhausen

Moritz von Campenhausen

Hamburg

Moritz von Campenhausen joined Egon Zehnder in 2009 as consultant in the Hamburg office. He is widely experienced in helping individual executives… Read more

Marc Erzberger

Marc Erzberger

Geneva

Marc Erzberger, Egon Zehnder’s office leader in Geneva, is a trusted advisor to companies in the consumer, commodities, private equity… Read more

Peter Flueckiger

Peter Flueckiger

Zurich

Peter Flückiger leads the Global Chemical and Process Industries segment of Egon Zehnder’s Industrial Practice. He also advises clients in the… Read more

Anke Weidling

Anke Weidling

Berlin

Anke Weidling is a Senior Expert in Egon Zehnder’s Beyond Leadership Solutions team. As a long-standing consultant, executive trainer and management… Read more

Friedrich Kuhn

Friedrich Kuhn

Berlin

Based in Berlin, Friedrich Kuhn plays a key role in Egon Zehnder’s Health and CEO practices. He developed the Egon Zehnder Transformational Leadership… Read more

Wolfhart Pentz

Wolfhart Pentz

Berlin

Wolfhart Pentz, based in Berlin, is Director of Egon Zehnder’s Leadership Solutions team in Germany and is deeply experienced in leadership coaching… Read more

Rafaella Mazzoli

Rafaella Mazzoli

Milan, Rome

Rafaella Mazzoli works with consumer clients and has deep expertise in retail, fashion, and luxury. Based in Milan, she is active in Egon Zehnder’s… Read more

Stephan Buchner

Stephan Buchner

Munich

Stephan Buchner, based in Munich, advises national and international clients in the consumer, retail, apparel and fashion, and media and sports… Read more

Clemens Fahrbach

Clemens Fahrbach

Munich

Clemens Fahrbach is a Senior Expert with Egon Zehnder’s Leadership Solutions team. His work focuses on leadership development… Read more

Jaroslav Nemec

Jaroslav Nemec

Prague

Jaroslav (Jarda) Němec, is an active member of Egon Zehnder’s Global Financial Officers, Technology and Communications, and Industrial practices. Read more

Salvatore De Rienzo

Salvatore De Rienzo

Rome, Milan

Salvatore De Rienzo, based in Milan and Rome, is a trusted advisor in Egon Zehnder’s CEO Succession and Board Consulting practices. Read more


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