Culture Building


It’s not about change or transformation. While it may seem like subtle shift in language, it is significant!

No one wants to be the target of change or transformation – it immediately conjures up the idea that something is wrong or needs to be fixed – which is simply not helpful. However, people do want to be part of building, nurturing, and cultivating their organizations based on their personal values, talents, and highest hopes for the future of the company.

Understanding the core values that drive employee behavior and performance, combined with how they perceive the current culture, and what they would like the culture to be at its best, is fundamental to building a thriving culture.

Spartina ensures that culture work is strongly aligned with business outcomes. Too often, culture initiatives are housed within HR and are labeled as “nice to have” vs. essential to business success. When done right, organizations not only attract and retain the best talent, they are also industry leaders who deliver results that outpace their competitors.

Organizations require intentional design – design of processes, structures, roles, as well as the design of a thriving culture. If you can name and measure it, you can manage it.

A key assessment tool we use to help you measure and manage your culture is the Culture Values Assessment (CVA), developed by the Barrett Values Centre (BVC). The CVA is a simple three-question survey to gauge:

  • Individual values, current and desired cultural values
  • Cultural alignment (or lack thereof), e.g. degree of staff connection/confidence in the company’s direction
  • Entropy, or wasted energy/productivity, as measured by the potentially limited values chosen, revealing the most desired values (antidotes, self-prescribed solutions to any trace of entropy).

Learn more in our Cultural Values Assessment case study.

Spartina can help you create
  • A Culture Strategy;
  • Engagement processes for the organization to build and foster YOUR positive culture;
  • Values assessment, baseline measurement, and identification of shared values;
  • Organization structures, systems, processes, roles, incentives aligned with the desired culture;
  • Training and development to support your positive culture; and
  • Governance and leadership alignment to support a thriving culture.