The People Make The Company

A growing company is in essence a team of individuals of varying skills who come from different cultures, creating a unique company culture by working together.

This beehive of individuals shapes the assumptions, beliefs and values of the organization, apart from the surface-level elements like branding, company benefits, hierarchy and the various HR policies.

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The Cultural Life Cycle of Organizations

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Various people working together in an organization form groups that develop unique thought patterns and behaviour.

Internal interaction in many such groups can be collaborative, task-oriented or just a broad focus on the primary goal.

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As new people join the organization, the company culture further evolves, leading to new challenges related to scalability, communication, decision-making and the various work-flow patterns.

As the internal integration clashes with the various external factors, the innovative and fast-moving qualities often turn into frozen, bureaucratic systems.

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Culture is an ever-evolving, emergent occurrence. Leaders often take employees of off-site gatherings, read a book, or try to rewrite the company’s values and vision.

It will only be an eye-wash if it does not impact the employee's daily experience at work or if the leaders are not adaptive to employees needs.

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Thinking of company culture as traffic, the leader needs to intentionally guide and shape the environment in which the culture evolves.

Example: Just talking about a flexible working environment isn’t enough if the lower-level employees are not given the discretion or choice.

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