Most simply put, organizational culture is defined by what all members of an organization have tacitly agreed to believe is true. It is a socially-constructed attribute of every organization that binds members together and strongly influences every aspect of organizational life and performance. This pervasive influence impacts how employees dress, how they perform their jobs, and defines acceptable interpersonal activities.
Culture consists of shared values and beliefs about the organization, its capabilities and what is possible in the future. It can be a performance-limiting filter or a performance-enhancing magnifier.
Organizational culture is not static. It evolves every day with the addition of new team members, the shared experiences of team success or failure, and organizational responses to competitive or market place situations. No organization is exactly the same as it was ten years ago or even 10 months ago. It is most assuredly true that either the organization is managing its culture or the culture is managing the organization.
Foxwood Associates has developed a structured Culture Transformation Process which incorporates a detailed on-line Organizational Culture Assessment Instrument (OCAI).
If the culture in your organization is getting in the way of achieving your desired objectives, Foxwood Associates can facilitate a structured process of diagnosis and transformation. Click the Contact Us tab on the left side of this screen. We’ll get back to you promptly.