Culture Defines Your Company – Top Leaders Know to Establish Your Culture
When we ask experienced leaders what matters most, 7-out-of-10 say “Establish your culture.” Companies can be defined by their leaders, by their products, by their services, by their industry, or even by their performance, but workplace culture touches everything.
The Definition of Workplace Culture
Corporate culture is the environment that pervades and defines each and every working day. Corporate culture is the way things truly get done on a day-to-day basis. Corporate culture is the way employees think, behave, and work and includes the known and unspoken values and assumptions that drive key practices and behaviors.
Think of culture as the orienting point of a company’s internal compass — the collective attitude, assumptions, purpose, and behaviors of a company’s workforce. It is a company’s true north.
A Healthy Culture Creates the Foundation for Success
Generally, if employees agree with and authentically participate in the culture, employees are happy and engaged. If your workforce is out of sync with the way work gets done, they are less engaged and less productive. Some may even act as saboteurs.
Is Culture Just HR-Soft Stuff?
For those of you who are charged with achieving specific goals around an organization’s financials, does this sound a bit soft? Well it may sound that way. But here are some facts that should persuade you to take corporate culture very seriously:
Indeed, culture matters.
Three Leadership Tips to Establish Your Culture
Based upon data from assessing corporate cultures, here are three tips on how to enhance and establish your culture so it supports increased performance and accelerates your strategy:
The Bottom Line
When you establish your culture — your true north — your people and your organization are on the road to success.
To learn more about how to establish your culture for high performance, download The 3 Levels of a High Performance Culture To Get Right
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