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Organizational Culture


You may have heard a quote like "culture trumps strategy" or "culture eats strategy for lunch". Institutional culture is critical to understanding the context within which we lead as well how we lead. The January -February 2018 issue of the Harvard Business Review (pages 43 to 57) has an excellent section on organizational culture. Here is a quote from the introduction with a minor rewrite by me:

"Strategy and culture are among the primary levers at a top leader's disposal in their

never-ending quest to maintain organizational viability and effectiveness. Strategy offers

a formal logic for the organization's goals and orients people around them. Culture

expresses goals through values and beliefs, and guides activity through shared

assumptions and group norms."

Two sections within the series of articles deal with defining culture and then present a topography of eight culture styles. You may find the articles interesting to help understand your own institution's current culture and then how to approach evolving that culture.

While culture may not completely trump strategy, understanding both is a necessary pre-condition to leading your institution to address the important issues it faces.

All the best!!!!!


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