Culture before Strategy

September 6, 2011

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Culture Trumps Strategy Every Time – 09-06-2011

Culture is the set of habits that allows a group of people to cooperate by assumption rather than by negotiation. Based on that definition, culture is not what we say, but what we do without asking.”

The preceding quote is from the latest “DFS Learning e-Blast” article, “Culture Trumps Strategy Every Time”, by Nilofer Merchant.

In this March 22, 2011 blog post on the HBR Blog Network, the author clearly articulates an argument for fostering an effective culture to drive sustainable business results over the short and long haul.

As you read this article, think about the overall culture at your company and the culture in your work area and determine how well you are contributing to a culture of trust, conflict resolution and co-ownership.

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After working on strategy for 20 years, I can say this: culture will trump strategy, every time. The best strategic idea means nothing in isolation. If the strategy conflicts with how a group of people already believe, behave or make decisions it will fail. Conversely, a culturally robust team can turn a so-so strategy into a winner. The “how” matters in how we get performance. Yes, it does.”

Read the short article to learn more!

Mike Osorio, your Dare to be Contagious! ™ strategist

www.OsorioGroup.com

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Creating an environment of trust

August 30, 2011

DISCUSSION TOPIC

12 Things We’d Tell Our Boss if We Could 08-30-2011

“I truly need frequent feedback.” Please don’t wait till the year-end performance review. I can do a better job for you if you let me know what I’m doing wrong, and what I’m doing right, on a regular basis.”

The preceding quote is from the latest “DFS Learning e-Blast” article, “12 Things We’d Tell Our Boss if We Could”, by Karen Burns.

In this June 16, 2010 article on Yahoo Finance, the author provides a series of points your subordinates might make with you if they could, and of course what you might want to say to your boss.

If you are a leader, think about whether you are leveling with your boss as well as providing an environment of trust and open dialogue for your subordinates.   As leaders we’re all bosses, and we’re all subordinates.  Read from both perspectives to get the most out of this article.

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Of course, not all employees feel free to say what they’re actually thinking. You know who you are! That’s why in today’s column, the employees of the world get to speak up. What would you say to your boss if you could say absolutely anything at all? This is your chance, people.”

Read the short article to learn more!

Mike Osorio, your Dare to be Contagious! ™ strategist

www.OsorioGroup.com

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