Stop Blaming Your Culture

When a new leader’s strategy puts the culture of a company at risk, the culture will trump the strategy, almost every time.  There are good reasons for this.  Every company’s identity — the body of capabilities and practices that distinguish it and make it effective — is grounded in the way people think and behave. When your strategy and culture clash visibly, more likely than not, the culture is trying to tell you something about your own leadership philosophy. But many leaders overlook this message.  They blame the company’s culture for the resistance they encounter.  This leads them to remove key leaders and old practices, restructure operations, and set in place new rewards and promotions. This approach is costly, disruptive,...

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