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The 3 levels of a company culture

The 3 levels of a company culture

  • Artifacts - things you can see, touch, smell: Ping pong tables, happy hours, and free lunches.
  • Espoused values and beliefs - the mission statement you wrote together as a company or the code of conduct that’s in your employee handbook.
  • Basic underlying assumptions: the things people actually believe, the core layer of culture.

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What people truly believe , not always what you say or outwardly show,  is what drives a company’s culture.

Changing a company culture is about tapping into the core beliefs of each individual, understanding what their basic underlying assumptions are, and creating an environment where those can be listened to, brought together, and reacted to.

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Cognitive culture vs emotional culture
  • When people talk about corporate culture, they’re typically referring to cognitive culture: the shared intellectual values, norms, artifacts, and assumptions that serve as a guide for the group to thrive. 
  • The other critical part is what we call the group’s emotional culture: the shared affective values, norms, artifacts, and assumptions that govern which emotions people have and express at work and which ones they are better off suppressing. 

These types of culture are also transmitted differently: Cognitive culture is often conveyed verbally, whereas emotional culture tends to be conveyed through nonverbal cues.

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