Creating a Successful Corporate Culture-Q&A — 4 Comments

  1. Corporate cultures don’t shift overnight. It does take some effort and time. At first, people are stunned that the organization is serious about change — and don’t really trust that it will. But, gradually, little by little, transformation is possible. One doesn’t shift from meat and potatoes to a vegan diet overnight (I certainly couldn’t). Corporate culture shifts can begin in small pilot programs and spread from there. Once success is established it can be transferred to another pilot/department, then another. You get the picture.

    • Thanks for your comment Patty. Culture changes can be slow depending on how firmly rooted old habits are in an organization and how slowly leaders are to embrace and live the new values. New companies have it the easiest starting out fresh, but we’ve found many companies and leaders don’t have a great feel for their culture. It can be very different from what they thought. If leaders have suspicions it never hurts to conduct a culture assessment. From the outcome of that leaders can gain insights and decide what, if anything, needs to be done. Taking time to really define the values that are important to live by is also valuable. It’s like defining a goal. If you don’t know where you want to be, it’s hard to get there.

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