The Organizational Business Culture is what facilitates growth and development or suppresses and undermines it. The organizational culture is made up of the beliefs and assumptions of the collective. It affects how people are treated in general and ‘people of (perceived) difference’ in particular.
What keeps the organizational culture in place is how leaders; people in power, use or abuse that power, how much they lead, how much they control, lift people up, or push them down to ‘keep them in their place’. Obviously this has a lot to do with perceived pecking order. The more threatened a person (manager) feels, the more ‘authority’ they will crave. The more competitiveness in the environment, the less likely they will be to share vital information because they will want the upper hand; will want to give the impression they are more knowledgeable, more intelligent, more…. whatever.
The smaller and less adequate a person feels the more they will have to put others down (denigrate & suppress) to feel ‘superior’ and the more they will treat people in lower ranks as though they are ‘lesser beings’. If this is ‘the way it has always been done’ and is deemed acceptable, newcomers will be taught to do this too. Having worked in large and small organizations I know this happens in most organizations to a greater or lesser degree. See the Individual Rub for more information about how our perceptions about the world operate, and how it affects us in what we say, feel and do.
The organizational culture is like a living organism, it changes over time as people come and go. However, just like a living organism, a lot of what happens is a result of what goes on underground, below conscious awareness of the individuals in the group. What goes on in Your Collective ORGANIZATIONAL STORY works on a similar concept to the individual story. It drives how people talk to each other, how they treat each other, and what they do to each other. It underpins all rules of engagement – inside and outside the organization.
Can you imagine what it would be like to have visionary leaders who are able to bring out the best in everyone? To have a workforce that are happy, engaged, and love the work they do? Who feel motivated and inspired to do what they can each day, who vie to do more, better because it stimulates them, energizes them, and makes them feel fantastic! To have staff who feel management values their input, ideas and effort? To have employees with high morale who feel generous, tolerant and supportive toward each other?
Pipe dream? Maybe. But I think it is possible, if not in its entirety, at least in part. I would rather be a bit off the mark than not try at all and miss out on all the good stuff, wouldn’t you?
[We are social animals and our survival depends on our being accepted into the group, so this is a very strong ‘directive’, however, if the group think is not ‘good’, it should be challenged, not so? If there is a better way, surely it should be considered and not pooh-poohed just because it is not ‘the way it has been done in the past ’?]
My dream is that we as humans will move to a place where we are no longer fear-driven, but rather inspiration-driven.
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