What is our culture?

THE MAIN POINT (92 seconds reading time) (Above diagram by Deal and Kennedy in “Corporate Cultures.”)   Why diagnose culture? You can diagnose the culture of an organization for both personal and professional reasons. When you work for an organization, you want your personal values to align with the organization’s values – provided, of course, you know your personal values. …

Risk tolerance affects culture.

THE MAIN POINT (499 words – 100 seconds reading time) Can we measure the culture and it’s tolerance for risk? Can we diagnose our culture so we know what we have and can compare what we have to what we want? What kind of a culture do you work in? It’s very difficult to measure the culture, but is possible …

Leaders teach the culture they support.

The Main Point (93 seconds reading time)   Image: https://www.metmuseum.org/collection/the-collection-online/search/11417. The painting is by Emanuel Leutze (American, Schwäbisch Gmünd 1816–1868 Washington, D.C. How do we teach and promulgate the corporate values and all of the organizational culture? We tell the cultural stories and pass on the cultural legends out loud and we follow unwritten rules that aren’t typically spoken, much less …

The Heart of Culture

THE MAIN POINT (72 seconds reading time) Many artifacts and traits relate to your culture. None is more important than your values: the core, or heart, of the culture, around which all other artifacts and traits revolve. Today, most organizations have identified their values in some form or another (not always called values). Values are enduring, hard-to-change beliefs that focus the …

Culture: Who are we?

THE MAIN POINT (73 seconds reading time) A leader manages the organization’s culture. I’ve mentioned the differences between the organization’s identity, culture, climate, morale, and mission. One thing is clear. We must sort out our identity, culture, and mission before we can deal with strategy or structure. These concepts must be defined in any strategic planning exercise. Organizational development experts try …