Workplace culture can be hard to describe. Like fish in water, we are all impacted by culture. But can you articulate the water in which you swim?

By discussing and defining your Unwritten Ground Rules as a team (based on the research of Steve Simpson), we can help you strengthen your workplace culture and transform your culture.


$3900 CAD which includes; a) initial consult, b) 4-hour team training session, c) written culture report, and d) implementation coaching session.


This process requires authentic team-based conversations about culture, which can only be done effectively in-person (not online).

We are located in Vancouver, Canada, and provide in-person training across North America.


Peter Drucker famously stated that “culture eats strategy for breakfast.” 

We may develop policies, procedures, handbooks and guidelines to control and manage behaviour, but the culture of a team determines “how we do things around here.”

Unwritten Ground Rules, a term first coined by researcher Steve Simpson, constitutes an organisations culture. They represent the deep-seated values, beliefs and behaviours of a group of people. And remarkably, they are rarely talked about openly. 

This training will enable your team to discuss, define and examine your Unwritten Ground Rules together. The process is effective in helping teams clarify their existing culture, leading to long-term change. 

Could it be time to invest in the health of your team by more intentionally defining and shaping your culture?


Step 1:
  • Initial consult to discuss the particulars of your team.
Step 2: 
  • 3.5 hour training and facilitation session to help your team define and clarify their Unwritten Ground Rules:
    • Understand how culture impacts behaviour in a workplace setting;
    • Identify existing Unwritten Ground Rules as a team by using “around here” statements; 
    • Introduce invitation and challenge matrix to support honest and respectful conversations;
    • Celebrate positive Unwritten Ground Rules and re-frame negative Unwritten Ground Rules (see example PDF below). 
Step 3: 
  • Written report outlining the team’s current and future Unwritten Ground Rules, including next actions.
Step 4:
  • Follow-up coaching to support the team leader or manager to identify and implement culture change.