Organizational Culture Eats Strategy for Breakfast

A lot of organizations fail to achieve their primary and secondary goals. Many people associate this failure to the lack of strategy or execution in case the strategy is there.  But, is the lack of organizational culture equally responsible for organizations failing to achieve their targets? There is no denying of the fact that strategy is highly important but the culture is equally important if not more.

Unfortunately, most business leaders undermine the importance of developing a great or right kind of culture in their organizations. As a result, organizations tend to create a working atmosphere where it becomes difficult to implement even the most brilliant of strategies or planes leading to their ultimate downfall.
Every organization has a strong culture but whether it is a good or bad one is totally another story. It is also possible that all the members of organization are not on the same side of the spectrum. Some of the examples of negative culture include greed, gossip, scrounge and emotionally unhealthy people etc.

7 Steps to Improve Your Organizational Culture:
Following lines explain a 7 step process to improve your organizational culture.

  • Recognize Your Weaknesses:

    The first and foremost step towards creating an exemplary organizational culture is to recognize your mistakes. You need to be smart enough to know what is happening around you and what your employees are doing. In simple words, if you want to become a successful and inspirational leader, you need to understand who you are and what are your strengths and weaknesses.

  • Hiring the Right People:

    Hiring the right people should be your second step if you want to improve your organizational culture. But, who the right people are and how to spot them? In fact, you need a lot of time to determine who is right for your organization and who is not. Right people won’t need any laws to act responsibly. On the other hand, bad people will always find ways around the laws.

  • Equipping Employees:

    Equipping employees is third and one of the most important steps of creating a good organizational culture. It seems to be a very simple task to accomplish but in reality, it is not. You actually need to provide all the resources to your employees so that they may perform all types of jobs rather than equipping them only for doing day to day activities.

  • Setting Expectations:

    The next step is to set realistic and achievable goals and expectations. In fact, if you don’t set expectations for your employees, they themselves or someone else will, creating a vacuum in which your expectations will differ from that of your employees. Therefore, you have to set expectations for them and truly empower them to do the work you are asking them to do.

    • Get Out of the Way:

      This is the most difficult thing for business leaders to do because every leader has a certain level of ego. However, you have to set your ego aside and really get out of the way of your employees. It is important for you to set boundaries for your employees within which they can operate independently to accomplish the tasks you have assigned them satisfactorily.

    • Show Appreciation:

      Even the smallest of things such as appreciating your employees for their good work really matter when you are striving to create a great organizational culture. Similarly, you should always give credit to your employees for team success instead of taking all the recognition yourself.

    • Let People Go:

      It sounds very strange that you should let your hard working or star performers go. In fact, this is the final challenge or step you need to take in your leadership career. You should fire or lay off people when required despite the fact that it is a very hard thing to do for most of the people. The key thing you need to remember is that you should sacrifice many for the one not one for the many.

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