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A Cultural Hypothesis –
4 Enablers of High Performing Organisations

Essential reading for high performers

Following hundreds of hours of research, interviews, and check and challenge against real-life experience, our Cultural Hypothesis highlights four key enablers of healthy, high performing organisations. It’s a valuable resource for anyone aiming to shape positive cultures that enable people and organisations to flourish.
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Learn more about the four key culture enablers

Organisations that attend to the individual purposes of their staff and explore alignment with the company wide purpose expectedly enjoy positive returns.
Psychological Safety
The healthiest and most high performing cultures recognise the value of psychological safety and prioritise understanding everyone’s experience.
Belonging is considered a temporal experience. As such, and like the other enablers, it requires considerable attention and consistency in behaviour.
Cultural Leadership
The highest performing cultures recognise and proactively invest in their leader’s capacity and capability to nurture the culture often articulated in their aspirations.
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“We want to understand how leaders and teams can positively impact culture – one that delivers for the organisation, for the people that interact with it and for wider society. We want to invite challenge, provoke debate and openly test the validity of our Hypothesis in a range of domains.”
Tim Cox, Managing Director, Management Futures

Meet the author

Dr Edd Vahid is the Head of Academy Football Operations at the Premier League. He joined the Premier League in 2022 after a successful 8 year period with one of English Football’s leading academy programmes in Southampton.

Thank you to our collaborators:

Ciran Stapleton

Head Teacher
St Joseph's Catholic High School

David Jones

Head of Personal Development
Saracens RFC

Alex Stacey

Head of People
UK Sport

Angus Gardiner

GM Professional Rugby
BNZ Crusaders

Katie Lloyd

Former Global Head of Culture
LEGO Group

Melisa Clottey

Head of Food Technical

Julia Reardon

Head of PMO - Masterplan

Andoni Bombin

Former Head of Methodology
Athletic Bilbao

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