Company culture seems to be a widely circulated term, but one that few people clearly understand. Culture is the ‘good stuff” in an organization that makes individuals work harder, more enthusiastically, with honest direct communication, which translates into peak performance. It may be defined as: a company’s values, practices, beliefs, language or simply the way of thinking that exists in an organization. If you want to be a truly successful and innovative company, culture must be a daily focus in your organization.
An organization can have tremendous leaders and employees with great talent and still suffer from incremental decay. The realization is shocking because the weakening usually occurs over a period of time and is hidden amongst success. It may also occur when an organization is growing so fast that the focus is only on the that. While the leaders and key employees are using a great business strategy to achieve goals, the culture can trump the strategy and prevent the result that is needed.
Changing the culture within your company can be a slow process but a rewarding one. Everyone must be committed to the plan and make it a priority now. Your team, your customers and the overall company performance will benefit from the added focus.
Tools to Change Culture:
Norm Brodsky says it best when he says, “The most important job a leader has is to make sure that a culture is created within a company. What you do for your employees, how you treat employees, how you treat customers, it’s all part of culture. Money isn’t the most driving force. When you have a warm, nurturing culture people like, they’ll stay with you.”
But like changing the water in a fish tank, when you change the culture, you need to make sure you do not kill the employees by changing the temperature too quickly or leaving any residue of Windex® in the tank. So, when you change, change carefully and slowly.
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