Friday, December 29, 2006

Why Change Business Culture? 3rd in series
4 Reasons to check your culture! Click here for PDF file

John has just made a major decision and finalized the purchase of the company. He had been the sales manager for several years and asked the family ownership if he could eventually buy in.

Now the whole ship is his and he has some very different objectives than the former family owners. It does not take John long to realize he needs to make some significant changes in order to meet his goals.

As we look at the former culture, the family was comfortable and had a nice profitable business was paid for. John now finds himself with a culture that will hold him back rather than move him forward. After all, he now has a large payment to make each month after buying the business.

Obviously there will be many changes in the company as John moves forward; the challenge is determining what culture he needs to create and how to create it.

Take this challenge; ....More...
Business Culture Creation 2nd in series
Where does business culture come from? Click here for PDF

Jerry is a new hire with the BBB Company. It’s the end of his first week and he is confused. The way they function here is so different from the larger conglomerate he interned at.

There they deliberated on everything from the type of toilet paper to use to the next big customer they wanted to target. These deliberations included research, spread sheets and people defending their take on the issue.

At this newer start-up company they rarely have a sit down meeting! The lines of authority are blurry at best and decisions are made in minutes, some times with discussions that seem more like arguments.

Jerry finds himself frightened by the lack of structure yet intrigued by the fast pace and the willingness of leadership to accept mistakes.

He is experiencing two very different cultures! Neither is right or wrong, they just are!

So where does culture come from? ...more...
Business Culture 1st in a series
Where management stops and Leadership begins. Click here for a PDF File

In the past month I’ve had multiple conversations about business culture with organizations wanting to alter or change their current culture.

These organizations felt so strongly about this potential change they are willing to invest substantial assets to make it happen. So what is culture all about?

Have you ever heard two people in the same profession talk about where they work; one expounding how great a place it is to work and how people are lined up trying to get in? The other indicating they feel like a cog in a wheel and wish they could find another place to work. These views are most likely the results of the two different business cultures!

Imagine working at Microsoft or Apple in their beginning years and what that would have been like. Now imagine working for a company today that is 20 some years behind in technology and thinking. You’ve just experienced two very different cultures!

With that in mind is it any wonder companies that want top performance are talking about and examining their own culture!

As I began working on this article ...More...