A Powerful Corporate Culture Can Propel a Strategy Forward
A powerful corporate culture may indeed be difficult to change but, if you want to boost business and people performance, it may be just what you need to do. A powerful culture is difficult to build and even harder to replicate. Corporate culture has been misconstrued recently to mean everything from being a “happy” or “fun” work environment to a great place to work. We define a strong corporate culture differently.
A Powerful Corporate Culture Defined
We believe culture drives the majority of behavior at an organization. Your workplace culture symbolizes the heartbeat of your company. It represents the set of norms, values, underlying assumptions and practices that guide workforce behavior and it is unique to every company.
More simply, culture is the way business gets done on a day-to-day basis.
A Powerful Corporate Culture Accounts for 40% of the Difference
Our organizational alignment research found that culture accounts for 40% of the difference between high and low performance in terms of revenues, profits, customers, leadership effectiveness and employee engagement.
Can a Workplace Culture Be Too Powerful?
The short answer is Yes! The longer answer is it depends. We measure culture on three levels. For two of the three levels it is difficult to make the culture too powerful. For the other level, too strong of a culture can spell disaster.
A leader applying the wrong amount of pressure in the wrong ways can render an entire organization ineffective. Great leaders know when and where to apply performance pressure to get the most out of their people.
The Four Steps to Create a Powerful Corporate Culture that Is Aligned with Your Strategy
1. Define the Desired Culture
2. Assess the Current Culture
3. Create a Plan to Close the Key Culture Gaps
4. Close the Key Culture Gaps
If you want to learn more about the different levels of a powerful corporate culture, download 3 Levels of a High Performance Culture Strategy
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