...There is a lot to be said for providing a shared context, shared values and a common set of behavioural guidelines. However...it is critical to ensure that the limitations of the culture are acknowledged.
Paradoxically, it is only when these limitations are recognized that the corporate culture is most effective. [Bold in the original.]
Here are 3 of Allon's 5 examples of behaviours that a corporate culture cannot change:
- When a culture prefers discretion to transparency, discretion will reign.
- When age dictates seniority, younger managers will not be respected.
- Where loyalty to boss reigns supreme, team work in the western sense will falter.
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