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What is organizational culture

What is organizational culture?

One of the most important building blocks for a highly successful organization and an extraordinary workplace is “organizational culture”.

 

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The importance of culture in organizations

The most important thing about culture is that it’s the only sustainable point of difference for any organization. Anyone can copy a company’s strategy, but nobody can copy their culture. But what is organizational culture?

Culture is driven by leadership. How leaders behave, what they say, and what they value drives culture.

Organizational culture is like an iceberg

At its worst, corporate culture can be a drag on productivity and performance. At its best, it is an emotional energizer.

Corporate culture is like an iceberg, with most of its weight and bulk below the surface. Don’t leave the organizational iceberg unattended!

 

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Torben Rick Torben Rick

Experienced senior executive, both at a strategic and operational level, with strong track record in developing, driving and managing business improvement, development and change management. International experience from management positions in Denmark, Germany and Switzerland

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2 comments on “What is organizational culture

January 5, 2015 8:51 pm

John E. Smith

Hi, Torben:

Very useful and clear infographic. I especially like the comment tucked in near the bottom about the mistake I see all too often: Assuming that you are only dealing with one culture.

Any culture that thrives will have sub-cultures, mini-groups, branches, and we fail when we think that any one strategy will work for all. That’s why solutions which offer only one approach do not do well, at least in my experience.

Thanks for sharing – I always find value in your posts.

John

January 5, 2015 8:57 pm

Torben Rick

Thanks John – Good point!

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