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The Glue That Holds An Organization Together

Hi there. Russell Stratton, president and leadership champion with Bluegem Learning. I work with organizations just like yours to develop great managers who can build engagement and develop individual and team performance.

This month's topic is organizational culture and today specifically I'd like to address what makes organizational culture so important.

Author Peter Drucker wrote, "organizational culture eats strategy for breakfast, lunch, and dinner and shouldn't be left unattended."

You can think of organizational culture like the glue that holds everything together.

For example, imagine for a moment that you're building a model kit when you were a child, perhaps you're building an aircraft for example...

You lay out all the individual pieces. You carefully put it together and wind up with this perfect model. BUT... you hadn't glued it all together. The slightest impact would send that shattering over the table and you'd have to start all over again.

However, if you'd glued your polices in place, then you found that your kit was robust enough that it will be able to withstand a fair amount of wear and tear.

Our organizations are exactly the same.

We can have the best strategy, a clear vision, we can have the right leadership in place. We can have high quality employees or great products, great processes that bring that product or service to market. But if we don't have a culture within the organization that keeps the team motivated and inspired, then the slightest impact externally can have our organization start to fragment.

This is why it's so incredibly important to spend time focusing on what our culture actually is and ensure that we intentionally develop the culture in our organization that we want.

If we just allow our culture to emerge from among the weeds without intention, then we risk winding up with a culture than can actually work against us and prevent us from reaching our goals.

In our next vlog, I'll be going into detail about the single most important component of developing a winning culture... identifying the team's purpose.

In the meantime, head on over and register for our upcoming Lunch & Learn on the topic... Culture Eats Strategy For Lunch, happening on November 26 at the Downtown Central Library In Calgary.

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