Corporate Culture and Strategy Must Be Aligned to Grow the Business

corporate culture and strategy must be aligned to grow

If you really want high growth and high performance, your corporate culture and strategy must be aligned to grow the business. The combination is powerful.  Our organizational alignment research found that companies who do it well grow 58% faster and 72% more profitable and engage employees 16.8-to-1.

While we have our preference of work environments, at LSA Global, we do not believe that there are “good” or “bad” cultures. We believe that there are “aligned” and “unaligned” corporate cultures. An aligned corporate culture helps strategy execution. An unaligned corporate culture inhibits strategy execution.

Most executives agree that a sound strategic plan is imperative. No real argument there. Where we do run into skeptics is when we maintain that the success of even a well-crafted strategy is doubtful if the organization’s culture is not in alignment with the business plan. It’s not just about what needs to get done, it’s about how you do it.  Your corporate culture and strategy must be aligned to grow.

We at LSA define culture as how things truly get accomplished in an organization. It is how people think, behave and work. This includes the known and unspoken values that drive key business practices and behaviors—especially in leaders who are the role models and in the employees they hire and promote. Culture also represents what a new employee needs to learn to be “accepted” as a full-fledged member of the team and what makes the company “feel and act” like its unique self. When people behave in ways that are off the grid of a company’s cultural norms, they become very visible in their out-of-sync non-conformance.

An aligned corporate culture just makes everything easier…changes are met with less resistance, productivity tools are implemented faster, and employees interact more harmoniously. It is said that when strategy and culture are well aligned, there can be productivity gains by as much as two hours per day per employee.

And here are more numbers for those who still mistakenly believe that culture is “soft HR-type stuff” that can be ignored because it does not have a quantifiable impact on performance.

  • A Harvard Business School research report talked about how an effective culture can account for up to 50% of the difference in performance between organizations in the same business.
  • Our proprietary organizational alignment research shows that cultural factors account for 40% of the difference between high- and low-growth companies.

These facts should be a powerful motivator to set out to define and create an organizational culture that fits your company and provides the platform for your strategy to thrive.

Think carefully about whether your culture may be getting in the way of peak performance. Here are five high performance culture warning signs:

  • There is an ambiguous definition of success or failure at the company, team or individual level
  • Non-improving low performers are allowed to “stick around” for too long
  • People are unclear if “the way” they are being asked to operate creates success
  • Performance metrics are perceived as confusing, conflicting, unfair or unbalanced
  • There is an untimely or restricted flow of information across the company

If you notice any of the high performance culture warning signs listed above in your organization, it is high time you invest in improving and aligning your culture with your business strategy.

To learn more about why corporate culture and strategy must be aligned to grow the business and how to make it happen, download High Performance Corporate Culture Whitepaper

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I’ve been associated with LSA for the last 8 years and have found them to be an extremely professional, well managed full service training organization. Since working with LSA, I’ve participated in a number of solutions ranging from Performance Management to Assertiveness Training – I’ve found that the quality of the resources is superior. They are well prepared and have definitely done a considerable amount of pre-work in order to customize our culture and business into the total learning experience – making it most beneficial for our employees.

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