How can you change something if you don't have a very clear view of what it's component parts are?
Talking about culture is like being able to talk about cars. Everyone knows what a car is, but not everyone understands enough about the component parts to make the overall system perform better. Or what parts to develop depending on what improved performance is required.
Do you require better road-holding, more comfort, faster acceleration, faster top end, better fuel economy ... each will deliver a 'higher performing car' but each will also be different and require different development work. If you're not clear on what outcomes you require, you could spend a lot of time and effort developing the wrong things. The same happens on a regular basis in business.
You get what you give ... and the best rewards are often those you don't require or expect.
Sometimes the balance in the 'give and receive' cycle, is struck in time-frames a little longer than you might think you need; but it does seem to be the case, that everything balances eventually, the more good you do, the more good comes your way.
In 2009 Elizabeth Gould presented her findings on the fascinating, always-changing mammalian brain. Since then there has been an explosion of new information coming out of the realm of neuroscience, helping us understand neural pathology such as Alzheimer's and Dementia ... if distilled and considered through a psychological lens, it also leads to a whole new awareness in and around leadership and the impact of systems, both social and deterministic, in business and change environments. It allows us to understand change in respect to the foundation elements of people, the brain!
Many years ago, I started using a phrase 'Finding the Balance' and by that i meant, we had experienced 2000 years of cultural promotion of Logic, from Syllogisms and Barbara to the mechanical world that exploded from the 1780's and the industrial revolution, our brains had been encouraged (taught) to construct our world view based on our knowledge of geometry and physics, which could mathematically explain the deterministic (1+1=2).