Inspired Organizational Cultures


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Table of Contents

Section I: Discover Your Organization’s Cultural DNA
Section II: Journey Through Your History Together
Section III: Learn from Your Past, the Greats, and Each Other
Section IV: Nourish Your Organization’s Culture
Section V: Act as Your Organization’s Finest Cultural Ambassador
Section VI: Spread Your Organization’s Culture & DNA Through Stories
Section VII: Leverage Your Organization’s Culture & DNA
Section VIII: Design Your Future Together
Section IX: Grow Together


Inspired Organizational Cultures


Discover Your DNA, Engage Your People, and Design Your Future

by Kimberly Wiefling

Inspired Organizational Cultures with a foreword by Dr. Edgar Schein (, shares how inspired, and inspiring, organizations flourish. Making the sometimes invisible concept of culture tangible and visible, its 140 bite-sized quotes take you on a journey to the roots of your history, define behaviors and practices that will engage your people, and reveal how to design a future together that fulfills your highest purpose.

Discover the treasures of your organization’s DNA without being trapped by your past. Explore what matters most: that priceless yet intangible essence called “organizational culture,” the invisible water in which you and your colleagues swim. You will emerge as a “DNA & Cultural Ambassador,” with a deeper understanding of your culture, your people, and your distinct identity as an organization.

Author Kimberly Wiefling wrote Inspired Organizational Cultures to demystify the elusive concept of organizational culture. Kimberly continues to do the work that she does best: enabling individuals, teams, and organizations to achieve what seems impossible but is merely difficult. Her deep experience working with globalizing Japanese companies worldwide makes this book highly relevant to anyone who is determined to build effective teams across borders and boundaries of every kind.

A physicist by education, Kimberly realized long ago the limits of technology devoid of human skills—the so-called “touchy feely” aspects of working in teams, so vital to success and so frequently overlooked. Her unique perspective, background as a technologist, and decades of real-world business leadership and project management experience keep the often intangible issue of culture relevant amidst the demands of products, services, technology, and business results.

A co-founder of Silicon Valley Alliances, Kimberly has worked globally with people from every corporate function and from over fifty different countries, and her guidance on building and strengthening an organization’s culture includes that global awareness. Her commitment to seeing beyond country culture to the common ground that we all share as human beings is evident in the wisdom she shares in this book. She’s passionate about making a meaningful difference by working with organizations, individuals, and teams committed to solving the problems of Our World—profitably and thus sustainably—and this latest book serves that greater purpose. Learn more about her work at

Inspired Organizational Cultures is part of the THiNKaha series, whose slim and handy books contain 140 well-thought-out AHAmessages. Increase your online influence by picking up AHAthat, and easily share quotes from this book on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, and Google+ via this link:

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About the Author


Kimberly Wiefling
Kimberly Wiefling


Kimberly Wiefling is the founder of Wiefling Consulting, and co-founder of Silicon Valley Alliances. She helps individuals, teams and organizations overcome the most predictable and avoidable causes of failure, human beings, through her highly engaging, experiential, interactive “Learning Laboratories”, enabling them to fix things that will damage and destroy their company, and survive in a world of disruptive change. She lives in Silicon Valley, and has worked all over the US, Europe and Asia. Her superpower is bringing people together across borders and boundaries of every kind to achieve what seems “impossible”, but is merely difficult. Her first book, Scrappy Project Management, was also published in Japanese. She has edited and co-authored 8 other books and dozens of blogs. Her latest is “Turning Ideas Into Impact – Insights from 16 SV Consultants”. Her amazing mentor, Dr. Edgar Schein, wrote the foreword to her company culture workbook, “Inspired Organizational Cultures”. Kimberly strongly believes that companies doing business across borders and boundaries of every kind are a powerful force for peace in Our World. She is committed to supporting purpose-driven organizations in attracting high-quality investors and the best people through the competitive advantage of a healthy organizational culture. Her big dream is that, one day, both investments and workers will preferentially flow to these kinds of organizations instead of the soul-sucking variety, and the sick, twisted, dysfunctional organizations of Our World will wither and die for lack of financial resources and the talented people they’ve driven away to more life-affirming workplaces . . . for a better world.

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