The right people & actions create a culture for great performance

The right people & actions create a culture for great performance. Pic: emmaws4s/Pixabay.

For any organisation to meet its goals, it needs to have an organisational culture which fits those and its vision.

But what is ‘organisational culture’?

Management experts talk about it like the wind – you can’t see it, but you can see and feel its effects, so it’s crucial to the success of your organisation.

The simplest real-world definition is ‘How we do things round here.’ Whether that be if meetings are formal and minuted, as in hierarchical US corporations, or casual chats between co-workers, as in typical start-ups worldwide.

Creating culture

What creates an organisation’s culture was looked at by Dutch social psychologist Geert Hofstede in the 1980s.

Previously it had been assumed that the culture was what management decided it should be. What Hofstede discovered by classifying the cultures of multiple national divisions of Shell was that in reality the culture in each national division was a combination of the values espoused by Shell top management and the values staff in each nation brought to work with them as part of their national culture.

He went on to classify them by the levels of power distance, uncertainty avoidance, individualism v collectivism, masculinity v femininity and Long versus short-term orientation.

Similarly, Deal & Kennedy used how quickly people received feedback and the level of uncertainty in an organisation’s activities to define four different organisation culture types deriving from those factors – Tough guy/macho, Bet-your-company, work hard/play hard and process.

Right people

From these models you can see that if your company is in a high-risk sector, having people whose personality doesn’t fit is going to hold you back.

And ones whose behaviours in various scenarios wouldn’t fit what you need would work not only against their colleagues but also against your company’s aims and goals.

That’s why it’s vital to be able to find people whose personality and behaviours are right not just for the role involved but also to fit the organisational culture you need to succeed in your sector.

When you have the right people doing the right things the right way you’re able to create an organisational culture aligned with your business goals – helping you achieve them.

At eTalent we use short bespoke online psychometric assessments driven by AI technology to help you find the right people to create the culture you need to succeed. And reduce churn costs later.

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