Articles—Company Culture Basics
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A company's culture is its personality. It tells people how to do their work. It takes its signals from leaders. It underlies motivation, morale, creativity, and marketplace success. How do you lead it?
Because the company culture influences everything and everyone in it, a well-developed company culture creates positive changes across the board. Managers who have developed their company culture report improvements in many areas, including:
The speed of culture change depends on size, commitment, and resources. Many results are visible immediately.
The costs of building a more productive culture are quite small, mostly time. Here are the elements of culture change, their costs, some benefits, and a quiz on your existing culture related expenses.
This highly motivated midwest management team began their culture change overnight.
People's imaginations inspire their behavior. They will act positively when they see themselves positively, when leaders set a positive stage.
"There is no event in a vacuum." Every event, every action, every problem, comes from a situation, from a context. To understand an event or a problem, you should examine the situation that led to it.
In a "good" work culture people can fulfill their desires around the tasks. This is a workplace with high morale and motivation—and thus high productivity.
For many employees what goes on in their head is not what they show through their actions. This split between thought and behavior is stressful and very unproductive.
Engaging employees' spirit of independence can be highly motivating, as this story shows.
Laws and Principles of Culture
Company cultures have two halves, the Human and the Operations. The key to building a more engaged and productive workplace, is balancing these—balancing what we do with how we do it.
Company cultures have five distinct parts or levels. In a highly developed work culture, these parts are in balance
Company cultures do not develop with the familiar analyze-plan-direct process used for operational issues. They develop with an evolutionary process. Here are the principles of evolution.
When you change a culture you change a general system. These are some characteristics of general systems.
Studies might actually make things worse. Action is essential. The results are deeply gratifying.
A short list.
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