WE HAVE HEARD THE STORY FROM PETER DRUCKER- CULTURE EATS STRATEGY FOR BREAKFAST AND ORG CHARTS FOR LUNCH
I am a firm believer that a company's culture is foundational and it's unique identifier. It can also be confusing depending upon what someone thinks is the definition of company culture.
For me, it starts with the Mission, Vision, Values. If they are written correctly for your company, the foundation is there. The hard part is making sure it comes to life through action.
Getting culture right will make or break companies. Humans need a connection and purpose to their work. More and more candidates can see the culture of a company through a simple Google search. There is no way to fake culture today. Glassdoor, Facebook, Twitter, and all other social sites share everything on companies through the eyes of customers and associates. Those of us that know it will win. Culture also has to be ever evolving. For instance, where I am today as the CHRO, the culture for the longest time was focused on being a family environment and being philanthropic. Very inspirational. However, we were smart enough to know that our culture is a living and breathing piece of who we are as a company. We knew that, in order to be great, we needed to ensure our communities, associates, vendors, and customers had a similar perspective. With that, we made sure we paid the right attention to service, trust, diversity, and involvement for all in the communities we work and live. To ensure we were moving in the right direction, we measure our success through our values. Having daily reminders through social media is a report card in real time. If you need help with culture, I encourage you to send me a note. I would be happy to chat and share. I encourage you to read the article on culture below.