How culture drives strategy

All my career, I've observed culture driving strategy, and now someone has EXPLAINED!

Harvard Business Review: Build a Corporate Culture that Works, 2024-July/August by Erin Meyer

Ever since Peter Drucker famously declared that “culture eats strategy for breakfast,” there has been a widespread understanding that managing corporate culture is key to business success. Yet few companies articulate their corporate culture in such a way that the words become an organizational reality that guides employee behavior. Which raises the question: If culture eats strategy for breakfast, how should you be cooking it?

I have been studying culture in organizations in my roles as a professor and as an adviser to businesses for the past 20 years. I have looked at companies that have struggled to build cultures that shape the behavior of their employees—and at a few that seem to have cracked the code. In this article I draw on that experience to offer six simple guidelines to help managers who are confronting the challenges of culture building.

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Satell Book Recommendations

Digital Tonto: 11 Books that will Make You a Better Communicator, 2024-May-26 by Greg Satell

  • How Minds Change by David McRaney
  • Supercommunicators by Charles Duhigg
  • Influence by Robert Cialdini
  • Magic Words by Jonah Berger
  • The Righteous Mind by Jonathan Haidt
  • Marshall McLuhan: You Know Nothing of My Work! by Douglas Coupland
  • Ludwig Wittgenstein: The Duty of Genius by Ray Monk
  • The Doctor's Plague by Sherwin Nuland
  • Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman by Richard Feynman
  • Blueprint for Revolution by Srdja Popovic'
  • Cascades by Greg Satell

 


On Recognizing and Exiting our Reality Tunnels... Joan Westenberg

I've been aware of "reality tunnels" (a new twist on 'tunnel vision') for a long time, but I love the way Westenberg expresses this challenge and how to overcome it. Don't let all you currently know confine all you can know!

@Westenberg: On Reality Tunnels, 24-May-13 by Joan Westenberg

The most important thing is to be aware of our reality tunnels. To remember that how we see things is not necessarily how they are. Our tunnel is just one of many.

Meditation, travel, reading widely, and talking to people with different tunnels can help us stretch our perspective. It may feel uncomfortable, because it pushes against the edges of our tunnel. But that's how we grow.

The world is big and complex. There is more than one way to look at it. The more we can expand our reality tunnel—or even step outside it once in a while—the better we can understand each other and make sense of it all.