Magazine article Talent Development

Create an Engaging Culture for Greater Impact: How to Get Leaders to Support a Company's Culture

Magazine article Talent Development

Create an Engaging Culture for Greater Impact: How to Get Leaders to Support a Company's Culture

Article excerpt

An organization's culture reflects the values, beliefs, and behaviors that determine how people perform and interact with one another every day. But what if the culture your company currently has is not the culture you want and need? What if, instead of fostering collaboration for success, your company rewards employees for competing against each other or driving an individual agenda? Can a culture actually be changed? And if so, what are the benefits of doing so?

A recent Korn Ferry Hay Group survey of 7,500 executives from across the globe asked respondents what would drive them to improve their company's culture. The leading answer was to "improve organizational alignment and collaboration" (41 percent) followed by "improve organizational performance" (29 percent) and "address low employee morale/engagement" (10 percent).

Unfortunately, research finds the alignment between strategy and culture is more often the exception than the rule. In a 2014 Korn Ferry global survey, 72 percent of respondents agreed that culture is extremely important to organizational performance. But only 32 percent said their culture aligns with their business strategy. This gap uncovers an opportunity for organizations to drive alignment between culture and strategy, breaking down unproductive ways of working, entrenched behaviors, entitlements, and unnecessary bureaucracy.

The starting point for alignment between culture and business strategy is mission, purpose, and planning. …

Search by... Author
Show... All Results Primary Sources Peer-reviewed

Oops!

An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.