What is your company culture like?

August 5, 2012

Yes we are making lists again!

Make two lists.

In one list the elements of company cultures that you have experienced and liked.

In the other list elements of company cultures that you experienced and did not like.

So you may not have liked the bureaucratic approach in one organization, in another you valued their focus on training and development for example.

When you are done, circle those issues in BOTH lists that you feel honestly reflect YOUR company culture now!

This will help you reflect on the reality of your company culture and what you need to sustain and where you need to improve. There is a third list you can then create, what you WANT your company culture to be like, this will help define the goal you wish to achieve.

Of course this is just a starting point, employee satisfaction surveys are a powerful way to gain an insight to company culture.

Denis Leonard has a degree in construction engineering an M.B.A. and a Ph.D. in quality management. Denis is a Fellow of the American Society for Quality, a Certified Quality Manager, Auditor, and Six Sigma Black Belt. He has been an Examiner for the Baldrige National Quality Award Board of Examiners a Judge on the International Team Excellence Competition and a Lead Judge on the National Housing Quality Award. A former Professor of Quality at the University of Wisconsin, he has experience as a quality manager in the home building industry as well as construction engineer, site manager, and in training, auditing, and consulting with expertise in strategic and operational quality improvement initiatives. His work has achieved national quality, environmental, and safety management awards for clients. 

Denis is co-author of The Executive Guide to Understanding and Implementing the Baldrige Criteria: Improve Revenue and Create Organizational Excellence.