Organizational culture is a foundation for every successful local business here in our part of New Jersey. It is the one constant that unites everyone in the company and it gives rise to mission, core values, guiding principles, clear goals and objectives. Yet culture can be complicated and if it is not managed well. It can contribute to mixed results. This is because culture is an array of behaviors and norms that are in continuous motion throughout the environment. Commonality and sharing are the factors that unite the culture. It is through the sharing and the creation of the norms that solidify the workforce for purpose and productivity.
Because culture is, in essence, the personality of the company, it is easy to see difference when looking at industry. Companies like Burger King and White Castle sell similar products and have similar services, yet the personalities of the businesses are as unique as the people they employ.
The stronger the culture is across departments, the more stable the company. Within Dale Carnegie Training, pride and passion are key aspects of assessing the culture of any organization. It is important as well to look at how communication and employee engagement meld for purpose and goal completion.
The six ingredients of a successful culture include:
- Solid leadership
- Engaged teams
- Clear communication
- Purposeful mission and guiding principles
- Constant assessment for change
- Opportunity for everyone
Helping employees and offering solid guidance and vision will promote the core Carnegie Principle of winning friends and influencing people. It is all about an open environment where contributions are not only welcomed but encouraged each and every day. When individuals become professional resources for each other, great things can happen. It is a key strategy as well to offer a life and job balance where home and time away are important aspects of work performance.
In a cultural environment where there is telling versus selling, and change comes from orders “above”: the message usually is not a positive one for employees striving for success.
Culture should be considered a team sport that is driven by good people. Leaders who believe in this definition will truly enjoy success.
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