What is organizational culture?
One of the most important building blocks for a highly successful organization and an extraordinary workplace is “organizational culture”.
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.
- Culture is how organizations do things
- The values and behaviors that contribute to the unique social and psychological environment of an organization
- Organizational culture defines a jointly shared description of an organization from within
- Organizational culture is the sum of values and rituals which serve as “glue” to integrate the members of the organization
- Organizational culture is a system of shared assumptions, values, and beliefs, which governs how people behave in organizations
- Organizational culture is civilization in the workplace
- Organizational culture refers to the philosophies, attitudes, beliefs, behaviors and practices that define an organization
- Culture is the organization’s immune system
- It over simplifies the situation in large organizations to assume there is only one culture… and it’s risky for new leaders to ignore the sub-cultures
Organizational culture is like an iceberg
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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