When you turn on the TV or check social media these days, it seems filled with nothing but bad news. Sometimes I can feel these current events linger in the back of my mind while I'm trying to work, and it will shift my mood for the day. And I thought, if that is happening to me and I'm not directly impacted, it's likely happening to other team members and perhaps on even more varying levels.
Leaders often wonder how to create team culture, and the simple answer is: you can’t. Culture is something that emerges naturally from within an organization. You can guide cultural development and try to nudge it in the right direction, but you can’t just build a new culture from scratch.
Have you ever had to hotdesk in a different part of the building? Or have you spent a day working from a regional office? If so, then you’ll know that culture can vary a lot across a single organization.
In normal circumstances, organizational culture tends to be steady and stable. Cultural changes are an evolutionary process, often unfolding over several years, with a change management project structure to guide things along.
“Culture eats strategy for breakfast,” goes the old saying. But in recent years, we’ve seen strategy go out the window as companies scramble to adapt to pandemic-related disruption. What does all this chaos mean for organizational culture?
You can tell when a company has a great culture. There's an unmistakable buzz in the office, as an energized group of people work together to do amazing things. Everybody just clicks.