Culture Audits

Get a handle on your culture—before it starts handling you.

Culture has an impact on everything inside your organization, so even if you’re not ready for a full-on culture design project, you need to have a good enough understanding of your culture patterns to make sure they are fully supporting your efforts in areas like employee engagement, office moves, or mergers and acquisitions. 

Our Culture Audits provide a quick but thorough analysis of your culture and how it is impacting these areas.

The process for each audit is roughly the same, and takes 2-3 weeks: 


  1. Document/Data Review. We start by analyzing any available existing culture/engagement data, plus a review of culture artifact documents (culture code, core values, etc.), relevant strategy documents, and anything that documents your current /recent programs related to the issue at hand (engagement, mergers, etc.).

  2. Discovery Meeting. We will facilitate a group conversation (preferably in person, but a zoom videoconference is also an option) with up to 20 employees for 90 minutes. This discussion will focus on bringing out important issues and challenges you’re currently facing.

  3. Culture Patterns Meeting. Our second group meeting (with the same group) will be 2 hours, and will dive deeper into organizational culture, focusing on four key areas: collaboration, transparency, agility, and innovation. These are four of the eight Culture Markers in our culture model, and they are always the ones we start with. The conversation will seek to illuminate patterns within and among the four markers.

  4. Follow-Up Interviews. Once the two discovery meetings are complete, we will conduct up to 6 individual interviews to follow up on the issues and get a more complete picture.

  5. Audit Report. Our final report includes the following sections:

  • Context.

  • Culture Pattern Insights.

  • Cross-Cutting Issues.

  • Recommendations.

  • Culture/Engagement Audit

  • Culture and Office Space Audit

  • Culture and Merger/Acquisition Compatibility Audit