What is Culture within organizations? Many use the term, but most are not aware of how to design it, foster it, profit from it. A culture is simply this: the cohesion between employees that are working to achieve a common goal. It consists of slang terms, agreed upon boundaries and expectations. It is undefinable, although it can be observed. It brings employees together in a pseudo-society within the organization. It is those unspoken characteristics which define the organization’s purpose and unity.
So how does one develop a culture that will benefit the organization? Most cultures are formed naturally, without effort. Where the true influence of a leadership team is with respect to cultures is primarily in the vision and mission for the organization. With an idealistic vision and mission, workers are pulled together in unison to work creatively with the goal to accomplish their organizational goals which are greater than themselves. When people are empowered by something greater than themselves, they begin to achieve projects, set goals, assist one another personally and professionally. Work becomes more than just a paycheck. It becomes a way of life.
This is why the bottom line for organizations must be only a reference, something looked at as a way to remain solvent. Profit is not solely an undesirable thing, but if the bottom line is the sole purpose for one’s organization, employees will see work for nothing more than money. Hence the culture will become about money. There is no purpose in money, no meaning. It is a means to an end, not a vision or mission that adds importance to the life of a CEO or the employees.