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The Cultural Web - Aligning your organization's culture with strategy - Strategy Skills Training from MindTools

The Cultural Web - Aligning your organization's culture with strategy - Strategy Skills Training from MindTools
Aligning your Organization's Culture with Strategy © iStockphotoRidofranz Many aspects of organizations are interconnected. What is the first thing that pops in your mind when you hear the term corporate culture? A great many people refer to the classic phrase coined by the McKinsey organization, that culture is "how we do things around here". And while that may be true, there are so many elements that go into determining what you do and why, that this definition only scratches the surface. Whether you can define it or not, you know that culture exists. Culture often becomes the focus of attention during periods of organizational change – when companies merge and their cultures clash, for example, or when growth and other strategic change mean that the existing culture becomes inappropriate, and hinders rather than supports progress. So, for all its elusiveness, corporate culture can have a huge impact on an organization's work environment and output. Elements of the Cultural Web 1. Stories

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The TOWS Matrix - Going Beyond SWOT Analysis - Strategy Skills Training from MindTools Developing Strategic Options From an External-Internal Analysis © iStockphotoNormunds TOWS Analysis is a variant of the classic business tool, SWOT Analysis. TOWS and SWOT are acronyms for different arrangements of the words Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats. By analyzing the external environment (threats and opportunities), and your internal environment (weaknesses and strengths), you can use these techniques to think about the strategy of your whole organization, a department or a team.

Deal and Kennedy's Cultural Model - from MindTools.com Understanding Rites and Rituals in Corporate Culture © iStockphotohatman12 Corporate culture is one of the key drivers for the success – or failure – of an organization. A good, well-aligned culture can propel it to success. How to Change Your Culture: You Can Transform Your Culture With Conscious Steps Changing your organizational culture is the toughest task you will ever take on. Your organizational culture was formed over years of interaction between the participants in the organization. Changing the accepted organizational culture can feel like rolling rocks uphill. Organizational cultures form for a reason. Perhaps the current culture matches the style and comfort zone of the company founder.

MISSION STATEMENTS Examples of Famous Mission StatementsThe following are samples and examples of statements used by famous companies - can you identify which company created which? "We will prepare and sell quick service food to fulfil our guest's needs more accurately, quickly, courteously, and in a cleaner environment than our competitors. We will conduct all our business affairs ethically, and with the best employees in the mid-south. We will continue to grow profitably and responsibly, and provide career advancement opportunities for every willing member of our organization." "To make the world's information universally accessible and useful" "To experience the joy of advancing and applying technology for the benefit of the public"

Managing the Library's Corporate Culture for Organizational Efficiency, Productivity and Enhanced Service, Samuel Olu Adeyoyin Introduction Corporate culture is a key component in the achievement of an organization's mission and strategies, the improvement of organizational effectiveness, and the management of change. Culture is rooted in deeply-held beliefs. It reflects what has worked in the past. It is a pattern of shared beliefs, attitudes, assumptions and values, which may not have been explicitly articulated.

Understanding Organisational Culture Interest in organisational culture began in the early '80s when management gurus such as Tom Peters began to focus on culture as a differentiator of successful organisations. In the past twenty-odd years interest in culture has increased as case studies have identified a strong link between organisational culture and its performance. In this article I discuss: • What is organisational culture?• Why is culture important?• Different types of culture• Methods for diagnosing organisational culture• Changing organisational culture

Management & Strategy Gurus and Masters - the Complete A to Z Guide The complete A to Z Guide A point of clarification before you start your journey with the gurus and masters: a Guru is a person who is very knowledgeable and teaches a particular strategy. A Master is a practitioner of the art of strategy in life and in business. Management & Strategy Gurus Main Guru's Index Igor Ansoff What Is Corporate Culture? I’m a Mac, and I’m a PC “I’m a Mac, and I’m a PC” is the first line from a set of advertisements produced for Apple. Two guys stand in front of a white screen, a step or two apart. The one pretending to be an Apple Macintosh computer looks a lot like you’d expect the typical Apple computer user to look: casual, young, and cool; he’s not stressed but certainly alert and thoughtful. He hasn’t had a haircut in a while, but the situation isn’t out of control.

Build an Organization Based on Values Want the background about why values are important in an organization? See the impact that identifying organizational values can have. Values are traits or qualities that are considered worthwhile; they represent an individual’s highest priorities and deeply held driving forces. Value statements are grounded in values and define how people want to behave with each other in the organization.

Value Proposition Examples: the Good, the Bad, the Ugly « b2b marketing Continuing from my last post, writing a strong value proposition is critical to communicati ng how your product or service is relevant to your customer segment. Now, there’s the easy way and the right way to write a value prop. The easy way is to craft one in half a day that is written well and sounds good, but that doesn’t include any specifics.

Best Business Books 2014: Organizational Culture Richard Sheridan Joy, Inc.: How We Built a Workplace People Love (Portfolio/Penguin, 2013) Malachi O’Connor and Barry Dornfeld The Moment You Can’t Ignore: When Big Trouble Leads to a Great Future (PublicAffairs, 2014) Dave Eggers The Circle (Knopf, 2013) Increasingly, business consultants, scholars, and executives are coming to the conclusion that culture is the prime driver of organizational performance. Despite the prevalence of that point of view, however, there’s little agreement about what culture is or what it entails. You can’t see it, touch it, or measure it, yet culture is said to explain why some companies fare better than others.

Build a Strategic Framework Through Strategic Planning Both people and organizations need to establish a strategic framework for significant success. This framework consists of: Your organization's success and your personal success depend on how well you define and live by each of these important concepts. In fact: Companies whose employees understand the mission and goals enjoy a 29% greater return than other firms (Watson Wyatt Work Study).U.S. workers want their work to make a difference, but 75% do not think their company's mission statement has become the way they do business (Workplace 2000 Employee Insight Survey). Read more to find out how to develop a successful strategic framework for your organization and yourself.

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