Jane Mitchell on Corporate Culture [Podcast]


By Adam Turteltaub

Culture is always discussed as critically important to successful compliance and ethics programs, but what is it exactly?

“Culture is what happens when an individual’s behaviors meet an organization’s,” according to Jane Mitchell, the founder and director of JL&M, a consultancy.  In this podcast, Jane, a frequent speaker at SCCE international programs, offers a deep and sometimes provocative perspective on what culture is, what makes for a healthy culture and how to manage culture.

Listen in as she discusses:

  • The key dimensions of corporate culture
  • The question of whether the organization is supporting the behaviors it says it wants
  • The interplay between a compliant culture and an ethical one
  • How to encourage “speak up” behavior
  • Organizational justice
  • How to use employee data effectively
  • The role of the CEO and leadership in shaping culture



  1. A very important aspect of corporate culture in my view has to deal with the workforce or the workers and their relationship with the leadership of the company or organization. , considering the enormous impacts their commitment, ,efforts, and contributions has on the survival, progress and growth of the company or organization.. On that note as a business leader I very much appreciate , admire and enjoy their contributions to my job in enhancing growth and progress. . However, I am always careful not to be blown away by my admiration for them in order not to pave way for complacency/ complicity amongst us, since I perceive their activities could be influenced or infiltrated by external factors that I label as illegal or unwarranted competitors, . fanatics or even Outright enemies with no regard to laid down rules or procedures ,which could be harmful to our confidentiality, privacy and security as an organization or company and these are often the target of my fierce and stringent reactions but certainly not my cherished workforce. .. I am also very much aware that it’s only our regulatory authorities that has the mandate to prescribe what practice or act is compliant or ethical code of conduct be it modern or new or a previously existing and old practice for as long as they find it appropriate and relevant but certainly not the role of outsiders to impose or enforce any practice on their own in order to try and gain entry into the compliance profession.

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