Building a strong culture for big impact
After facing significant cultural and operational challenges, the Australian Olympic Committee undertook a deep review focused on governance reform, culture and people development, greater transparency in decision making, a refresh of organisational values, increased accountability measures and a range of initiatives designed to better align behaviour, systems and processes of the organisation.
The result was a transformation. “When you have staff and our member sports describing us as a completely different place and a new organisation, that is gratifying,” the Committee’s CEO noted.
This case study will focus on how this was achieved, including:
- How clarity of purpose can lead to high performance
- Simple steps to embed values and improve staff engagement
- Working on culture with large and temporary volunteers/ teams
- Culture needs to be continually worked on to be strong
Amie Wallis is the Chief of People and Culture at the Australian Olympic Committee. Amie has more than 20 years’ experience in human resources, change management and transformation across a number of industries including professional services, banking and finance, logistics, technology, and sport.
In addition, Amie is passionate about supporting sustainability and is a board director of the Sports Environment Alliance.
Amie has had success in leadership and specialist positions at the AOC, NAB, IBM, Victoria Racing Club, and KPMG, all with a key focus on partnering with internal and external stakeholders to deliver on purpose, strategy, culture and, commercial realisation.