Win at All Costs Culture
Winning matters. Everybody loves a winner. Whether competing at sports or at the “game” of business, the goal is to win. But at what cost? Does a win at all costs culture make sense? How much are you willing to sacrifice to win? Your integrity, your reputation, your livelihood, your freedom?
The Influence of Culture
Culture in sports or culture in business can be a strong influence either for good or for evil. Think of culture as how things truly get done in an organization. It shows in the way people think, behave, and work. Corporate culture includes both the known and unspoken corporate values and assumptions that drive key business practices and behaviors.
Healthy workplace cultures strive to treat their employees and their customers well. When a culture slips into negative values, it becomes toxic and a toxic culture is rarely sustainable or fulfilling.
In fact, according to a recent New York Times article, “this sport was nearly consumed by doping. In the 1980s and 1990s and deep into this century, one champion after another fell away.” Eventually Lance Armstrong faced the consequences: he was barred for life from competing and stripped of his seven titles.
Rep. Peter DeFazio, D-Oregon, chairman of the House Transportation Committee, said the documents detail “some of the earliest and most fundamental errors in the decisions that went into the fatally flawed aircraft.” He and others have accused the company of putting profit over safety.
As a leader, you need to assess your organizational culture to see if the workplace culture you have defined and shaped at your organization is helping or hindering the company’s ability to succeed. A healthy corporate culture will help you to execute and simplify your business strategy and your ability to attract, engage, and retain the talent you need in order to thrive.
The Bottom Line
A win at all costs culture at work is rarely sustainable. Are your leaders promoting the behaviors that drive your strategy and your people forward in a way that makes sense? The choice is up to you.
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