Want to Define Your Corporate Culture? Look At Staff Behavior
Assessing Organizational Culture
What Kind Of Behavior Matters?
For each of the 13 areas Peck suggests leaders assess, one can ask, "What is the behavior?" Decision-making, for instance... How are significant decisions made in the company? Is it collaborative, or does the boss handle it?
Peer Groups and Culture
A Need-To-Know For Leaders
One definite result of peer group membership is a better awareness of culture - and, if the leader takes action, can lead to an improved work environment. There's an old adage that people don't know what they don't know, and that includes culture. Yet, they'd better get clued in because, as Peck puts it, you can be "victimized by it, and it can be your downfall."
Identifying culture comes down to asking, "How do we behave?" When leaders observe the behaviors inside their organizations, they can begin to change those that are destructive or counterproductive and "ritualize" those which help the organization thrive.