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What is corporate culture?

Wednesday, January 22, 2014 - Nathan Walasek

I’m in San Antonio Texas as I write this assisting a very successful company on how to identify, understand and harness the ‘culture’ of their business. So let me ask you, can a company culture exist without planning or strategy?

Absolutely it can. Culture occurs from repeated behavior. Behaviors are dictated by unconscious motivations of the leaders. These behaviors over time create a feeling that becomes the culture. Every business has a culture and so does every family. Some families hug and kiss each other every time they greet each other. Other families are run more like a business where very little affection is shown. Both families can be successful but their cultures are completely different.

So if a culture can exist without planning or strategy, where does it come from? It comes from our unconscious motivations. Corporate culture comes from the natural motivations of its leaders. Family culture is created by the parents.

To understand the power of your unconscious motivations is like releasing a genie from inside its bottle. You can actually acknowledge, harness and strengthen your culture by understanding and discussing with your team the very motivations that created it.

I invite you to learn more about company culture and the motivations that drive it at our 2nd annual Servant Leadership Summit coming up January 31st. Dave Skogen (chairman of Festival Foods) and I will delve into this idea of culture, what it is, how can I grow mine. Joining us will be Jim Hunter (author of The Servant-an international bestselling book), and Tom Thibodeau who will talk about Servant Leadership: what is it and how do I get it in my game. Bring your organization to new heights at this year’s Servant Leadership Summit!

Joe Kiedinger

ACTION PLAN: There are a few remaining spots available! Hope to see you there.