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global culture work power pairs

Power Pairs™ is built on extensive global research and practice.

evolution from culture map to power pairs

The 49 Power Pairs™ are each made of two dynamics, inspired by an innovative and scientifically-backed method to manage and transform organizational culture. Culture Map, (shown left), was created by The Culture Institute in St. Gallen, Switzerland.

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The 49 Power Pairs™

All organizations, teams and individuals have elements of all seven dynamics. We distill it down to two. 


Your Anchor reveals who you are at your core.

Your Spotlight shines on the dynamic required to advance or solve your most pressing challenge, opportunity or collaborative relationship.


Paired, these two dynamics help you navigate in real time so you can be your authentic self even in a world that demands constant flexibility.  

anchor and spotlight power pairs
power pairs taxonomy of capabilites

Power Pairs™ for teams

We conduct 1:1 interviews with each member of your team and reveal each person's current Power Pair.

Our analytics reveal gaps in dynamics and make recommendations for addressing them.  

Every Spotlight contains multiple elements, and each person on the team will have specific focus areas. On the left, the Orange dynamic is broken down into some of its component parts as an example. 

Our Scientific
Advisory Group

Dr. Deirdre Kelly
Deirdre is a cognitive scientist who specializes in human decision making and UX. She applies her knowledge to find innovative solutions for complex challenges faced by individuals, teams and organizations.

Dr. Gabriel A. Silva
Dr. Gabriel A. Silva is a Professor in the Department of Bioengineering and the Department of Neurosciences at the University of California San Diego. He is the Founding Director of the Center for Engineered Natural Intelligence, and Associate Director of the Kavli Institute for Brain and Mind.

Dr. Simon Sagmeister
Simon Sagmeister is the author of Business Culture Design and creator of the Culture Map approach. He is founder and CEO of The Culture Institute, based in St. Gallen (Switzerland), and a partner at Science House in New York.

Our Mission

and Values

aqua mission power pairs
yellow curiosity power pairs
green empathy power pairs
orange agility power pairs
blue clarity power pairs
red action power pairs
purple belonging power pairs
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