In coaching conversations with executives who want to improve their leadership, we usually get around to the concept of culture. Company culture is hard to articulate. The executives often have a different view of the desired culture than the employees see in reality.

The importance of company culture, in shorthand, is to connect employees to the vision so they produce outcomes which employees and executives want.

If you are an executive of your company or aspiring to be, you should become a culture expert.

Harvard Business Review collected a series of articles in their January – February 2018 magazine that can help. I suggest this series often to my clients. Add this to your reading list!

The series includes these titles:

  • The Leader’s Guide to Corporate Culture
  • What’s Your Organization’s Cultural Profile?
  • How to Shape Your Culture
  • Convergence Matters
  • Context, Conditions, and Culture


  • Leatha Ritchie

    Leadership Development Writer and Coach at LPR Consulting

    Leatha Ritchie serves as principal consultant and owner of LPR Consulting. Leatha is a certified Gallup® Strengths Coach, facilitator of The Change Cycle™, with training in Coaching from ATD, and is certified as an assessor for Predictive Index. She has extensive experience in training and development of current and high potential leaders with an emphasis on training that accompanies coaching or mentoring. Leatha’s particular area of expertise is examining and improving new leader orientation, succession planning, and programs for good leaders to become great. It takes passion, resources, and direction to develop as a leader. Leatha’s articles and blogs bring tools, inspiration, and experience to the learner. Previous to this role Leatha served as VP Operations Leadership Strategy & Development at Bright Horizons, a leader in the early education field. Her roles as Regional Manager, Director of Regional Manager Development, and Division Vice President gave her unique talent in recognizing challenge and growing leaders to confront and managing through while improving the business. Often Leatha was tapped to assess challenging organizational situations then develop systems, resources, and provide training to improve outcome. This role took her throughout the United States, England, Scotland, Wales, Ireland, and Guam. Leatha holds a bachelor degree in history with a minor in early childhood education from Meredith College in Raleigh, North Carolina, where she also received her Master of Business Administration.