Monday, 7 February 2011

Corporate Culture: How Does YOUR Organization Rate?

It's the one thing we all love to hate, that 9-5 routine that we put ourselves through five days a week - our job!

Whether you work in the corporate world, for a non-governmental organization or inside a government bureaucracy, you've seen the good, the bad and the ugly of the corporate culture.  And the health or dysfunction of your workplace can seriously affect your own resilience - improving or damaging your own personal health and immunity.  

How Does Your Organization's Corporate Culture Rate?

If you'd like to find out how your organization's corporate culture rates, here's how you can find out - the link below will take you to an online assessment tool I've developed in conjunction with my forthcoming book, Resilience Culture, and I'd love to have your opinion of this tool:

Of course, this only applies to you if you're working in an organization of reasonable size.  While there's no upper limit on size, the lower threshold is probably about 30 people: an organization smaller than that won't have the same cultural dynamics.  

NOTE: When you use the tool, make sure you keep track of your responses so you can add them up later.  We'll send you the response key later this week so you can see how your company or organization fared.  The last question gives you a space to suggest any questions you feel should be on a survey like this. 

From the Ridiculous...

Here's a short, hilarious and all too true video about the collective insanity of the office and the mysterious language of corporate-speak:

To the Sublime...

However, we don't want to dump on the corporate world too much, because there are, in fact, visionary leaders who have built phenomenally successful and highly functional corporate cultures.  One such leader is the legendary Herb Kelleher, former CEO of Southwest Airlines:

There you have it.  The environment you subject yourself to on a daily basis can have a profound effect on every level of your being.  If it's a healthy environment, it will challenge you, help you grow, connect you with great people, give you pride in what you're doing and allow you to contribute meaningfully to the lives of others, while remunerating you fairly.  

On the other hand, if the environment is emotionally toxic, if it's plagued with the evils of political correctness, careerism, incompetent leadership and micro-management, then the opposite will happen: you'll feel stressed, disempowered, demoralized and perhaps even physically ill.  

So part of evaluating your own personal resilience is taking stock of the "cultural resilience" of your workplace, and then putting in place measures to protect yourself or to find yourself an environment in which you can thrive.

Thanks in advance for your help in refining the assessment tool!!!!


~ Dr. Symeon Rodger

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