How many times have you looked at the vision statement or mission statement or any other statement of a company’s culture and thought how hollow it seems? How many times have people outside your organization thought the same thing about yours? Worse still, how many times have people inside your organization thought it?
It’s easy to get caught up in financial statements and annual reports, and lose touch with the fundamentals of your organization. You can be lulled into thinking all is well because you have the necessary pieces in place when, in fact, there is a real undercurrent of dissatisfaction poisoning your well.
Harvard Business Review recently published an article entitled 5 Questions to Ask About Corporate Culture to Get Beyond the Usual Meaningless Blather, and it is a very useful eye-opener. The five questions they pose are:
- Is your talent strategy rooted in your business strategy?
- Does your company work as distinctively as it competes?
- Can you capture what it means to be a member of your organization?
- Is your culture built for learning as well as performance?
- Can your culture maintain its zest for change and renewal, even when the company stumbles?
You could save yourself some nasty surprises by reflecting on each of these questions and how they might be answered within your organization. Your time is valuable, and this is a very good use of it.
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