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What is the culture at your office?

One of the most important jobs of a leader is the creation of the organization’s culture. Research has shown that in order for organizations to be competitive in today’s environment, strategy must be executed effectively. For strategy to be executed effectively, leadership must be strong in creating a culture that supports the vision and mission of the organization. A workplace culture that promotes good strategy execution allows for the meshing of shared values, beliefs, principles, and traditions that support an organization’s operating style, norms, attitudes, and work atmosphere. The workplace culture is important because it influences actions and approaches to conducting business.

Leaders can influence and shape the culture of the organization in order for the organization to be successful. Strong company cultures promote goal attainment and organizational success. These company cultures have deeply rooted widely shared values, behavioral norms, and operating behaviors. This type of culture insists that its values and principles be reflected in the decisions and actions by individual employees. On the contrary, weak company cultures plague businesses with dysfunction and difficulty reaching goals. These cultures lack values and principles that are consistently and widely shared. Weak organizational cultures have few or no traditions, beliefs, values, common bonds, or behavioral norms.

When the culture matches the execution of the strategy, employees’ focus is on the important aspects of the strategy and how it can lead to goal attainment. Research has shown that culture induced peer pressure is effective in getting personnel to do things in a manner that helps good strategy execution. A company culture that is consistent with the requirements for good strategy execution can often energize employees, deepen their commitment to the vision/mission of the organization, and enhance worker productivity.

So how can leaders create a workplace culture that allows for effective strategy execution? First, leaders can replace key executives who are not supporting needed organizational and cultural change. Next, leaders should promote employees who serve as role models for the type of culture that would allow for optimal performance. Then, leaders should screen all new hires carefully for the right fit with the workplace culture. Finally, leaders should mandate that all employees attend culture training and be compensated and recognized for effective contributions to the shaping of the desired culture.

Do you want to be an effective leader who creates workplace culture that allows for workers to be focused and in agreement with the goals? Follow these tips for creating an environment that allows for great strategy execution:

1. Be aware of what is going on in the organization and in the industry

2. Make an effort to hire people who fit the desired culture

3. Treat employees as valued partners

4. Use empowerment to create a fully engaged workforce

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Thompson, Peteraf, Gamble, Stickland. (2012). Crafting and executing strategy. Irwin: McGraw-Hill.

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