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Culture – is it a help or a hindrance?

Organisational culture is hugely important to the success and overall health of an organisation and the people who work for it. It is helpful to spend time considering why your company’s culture is the way it is, and why it is important that it stays that way or whether indeed if changes are required.

Every organisation has its own unique and distinct culture. An organisation’s culture consists of shared beliefs, expectations and values and sets the foundation for how well a team performs together.

A strong workplace culture guides the employees while giving them a sense of direction, hence improving overall team performance. It keeps your company’s core values to the forefront in all aspects of its day-to-day operations and organisational structure.

This workshop will be highly interactive and will provide a great peer learning exercise in discussing and reflecting on your own workplace culture, how you experience it yourself and perceive it to be and at the end of the workshop, evaluating how you think changes could be made, either on a personal level or within the workplace structure itself.


This workshop will cover the below discussion points:

What is organisational culture – understanding origins and evolution

Is organisational culture important and what role does culture serve?

Identifying the factors that shape and influence culture

Models for Assessing and Deciphering Culture (Schein’s Model of Organisational Culture and The Cultural Web Model by Johnson and Scholes)

Changing and strengthening organisational culture

Aligning vision, mission and goals

Managing organisational socialisation

Exploring subcultures

The relationship between culture and EDI (Equality, Diversity and Inclusion)


Learning Outcomes

Attendees of this workshop will gain a clearer understanding of what culture is and how it impacts both team and individual performance.

The relationship between culture and change.

Assessing your culture as a starting point for future change.



Who Should Attend

This programme will be of interest to any leaders within an organisation (whether they be at senior level or middle management) who are invested in helping to create a positive workplace culture. It will also be of interest to HR personnel/leaders who are involved in recruitment and employee wellbeing. The workshop will be of benefit to all employees to gain an insight into what organisational culture is and it’s importance and value in the workplace.



Course Tutor

UCD Smurfit Business School.
Picture by Shane O’Neill, Coalesce.



Our trainer, Ashley Hughes, is a driven professional with 25 years’ experience in the People Development arena working across public, private and voluntary sectors.  She has exemplary learning and development credentials offering a proven track record of success in the design and delivery of engaging learning programmes. Ashley’s specialities include soft-skill training, personality profiling workshops, leadership development, organisational effectiveness, building high performance teams, managing virtual teams, managing change and creating enabling organisational cultures.

Ashley has worked with Public Affairs Ireland for over 15 years and is the programme designer and leader for the ILM accredited Certificate in Leadership programme. As a qualified Myers Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) Practitioner, Ashley runs personality profiling workshops to raise individual self-awareness and enhance team collaboration. She attended Yale School of Management, New Haven, Connecticut, where she studied the management of virtual teams and the behavioural science of management. The insights gained have equipped her with the knowledge and skills to support people now working in virtual environments.

Ashley has also designed bespoke programmes to address specific client needs across the Public Sector.

She holds an M.Sc in Management from Trinity College and is a HETAC qualified Master Trainer. She has practitioner qualifications in MBTI and  Blanchard Situational Leadership. She has lectured in leadership at MBA level for the past 15 years at Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School.

Ashley is also certified in Unconscious Bias and Cultural Intelligence from the Cultural Intelligence Center in Michigan.



Full Course Details

Title: Understanding and Developing a Strong Organisational Culture
Date: Monday, April 25th 2022
Time: 10.00am – 1.00pm
CPD: 3CPD Hours
Method of Delivery
: Online
Fee: €325



Tailored Training 

All of our open programmes can also be run on an in-house basis. For more information, see our page on In-House Training.



Multiple Delegate Discount

3+ Delegates – 5% Discount
5+ Delegates – 10% Discount
10+ Delegates – 20% Discount

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