Seems like I’ve been having a lot of conversations about corporate culture lately. Among the most interesting conversations on the topic was with a group of my peers who lead HR teams at some other organizations. The question that was posed to this group was “Do senior leaders understand culture?” This question led to some really interesting discussion and some follow on questions. Rather than to reveal the content of that discussion (at least not yet), I’d like to pose the questions to you to get your thoughts on the subject?
So, here are few questions for you to consider:
- Do leaders “get” culture?
- How do you know when a leader gets culture?
- Is making an investment in culture a requirement of getting it? If so, what kind of investment is required?
- How does a leader who gets culture operate differently than one who doesn’t?
I think these questions are really important to chew on. The thing I find about the discussion about culture is that it generally exists in the realm of generalities and concepts. I think we both agree on the critical important of culture, so I’d like to move our discussion more of the specifics around what culture is and what it does. In my discussion with my peers, we had unanimous agreement on one issue: that culture flows from the leader of the organization. This is why I think it’s a great place to start the discussion.
I look forward to your thoughts.