Wednesday, 3 February 2016


Executives spend a lot of time worrying about their companies’ products and prices, but they don’t spend nearly enough time worrying about corporate character.
A lot of them don’t believe companies even have a character, and others don’t see what difference it could possibly make.
Correlation between employee investment and performance
But is there a direct correlation between employee investment and performance? As Prof. James L. Heskett wrote in his latest book The Culture Cycle, effective culture can account for 20-30 percent of the differential in corporate performance when compared with “culturally unremarkable” competitors.
Organisational culture eats strategy for breakfast, lunch and dinner so don’t leave it unattended
Kotter and Heskett’s landmark study Corporate Culture and Performance documented results for 207 large U.S. companies in 22 different industries over an eleven-year period.
Kotter and Heskett reported that companies that managed their cultures well saw revenue increases of 682% versus 166% for the companies that did not manage their cultures well – stock price increases of 901% versus 74% – and net income increases of 756% versus 1%.
Corporate culture is an incredibly powerful factor
Corporate culture is an incredibly powerful factor in a company’s long-term success. No matter how good your strategy is, when it comes down to it, people always make the differenceAs Peter Drucker so wisely stated, “Culture eats strategy for breakfast.”

Corporate Culture - Infographic

Top 4 corporate culture infographics

Culture is eating what it kills – such as strategy, change management, innovation, operational efficiency, lean process and even including vision and mission.
How to cultivate organisational culture?
Corporate culture is a hard thing to get right. It’s a moving target that means something different to everyone.
It grows and evolves over time and is the result of action and reaction. It is the lingering effect of every interaction. How to cultivate organisational culture?


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