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Publisher: © Key Associates, 2014 ISSN # 1545-8873
“If you want to find your culture, just try to change it.” – Kurt Lewin
The root term “cult” means to grow. The purpose of a culture is to preserve its members, which calls for safety, stability, and predictability. Within the culture are norms or informal rules about how people are to operate – “the way things are done around here.” These accepted practices are typically not written down, but learned by living in the culture and especially by breaking its rules.
Deal and Kennedy (1982) elaborated on the concept of Corporate Culture, first introduced by Edgar Schein. You cannot engineer change around a culture – you have to work through it. Yet you are like a fish in water – you do not see the culture you are floating in, until you try to change it, and then it reports to you your infraction. You must cultivate change, not try to over-control it.
Change efforts fail because they are not anchored in the culture. How can you architect cultural change? By working these levers:
Take a snapshot of your culture by asking outsiders and new hires to describe the culture they encountered as they entered your organization. Apply your learning to the cultural levers above and strengthen your ability to shape culture.
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