A strategy that is at odds with a company’s culture is doomed. Culture trumps strategy every time – culture eats strategy for breakfast
Corporate culture is an incredibly powerful factor in a company’s long-term success. No matter how good a strategy is, when it comes down to it, people always make the difference.
It can be intimidating and frustrating, often leaving leaders dodging it, neglecting it, or discounting it.
Because so many companies are run by people whose expertise is heavily skewed to the rational, financial, and legal side of the equation, culture is often subordinated, misunderstood, or unappropriated.
Too often a company’s strategy, imposed from above, is at odds with the ingrained practices and attitudes of its culture. Leaders may underestimate how much a strategy’s effectiveness depends on cultural alignment.
The relationship between culture and strategy
So what is the relationship between culture and strategy:
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