Is your organisational culture thriving or troubled?

How do you determine whether your organisational culture is in good shape? Why does this matter? I believe that people create successful organisations. When conditions are created for people to be valued, productive and involved, organisations stand more chance of thriving and succeeding.

Table 1, below, contrasts indicators of troubled organisational culture with indicators of thriving organisational culture. Where do you rate your organisation?

Using the Table individually

The continuum in the middle column provides the spectrum to assess personal or organisational perspectives in relation to each feature? A lower score indicates a closer association with troubled organisations and a higher score is indicative of a closer association with thriving organisational culture. Whatever your role in your organisation you can use the table as a survey to evaluate your perspective on the shape of your organisational culture and consider the fit with your organisation’s vision and values, philosophy and policies, and current practice.

Using the Table as a group exercise

It may be a useful exercise to discuss this in groups if the conditions are such that people are positioned well to share their perspectives safely. Does the outcome indicate a more troubled or thriving position? Is this satisfactory for you personally or for your organisation? Are there areas for refinement and change? Are there similar or different perspectives being expressed? How is this meaningful and what possibilities are evoked?

An important point to note

It is important to note that these features are not presented as complete or definitive lists with discrete, clearly defined lines of difference. The intention is to provide some distinctions to assist organizations and staff to consider their positioning across a range of areas of practice and evaluate this. They are intended to spark discussion and reflection. There are multiple possible places to stand and multiple perspectives and these can be dynamic and context dependent.

Adventurous Conversations Ltd work with organisations to develop values driven, people centred, relational and collaborative culture and relationships. Call, email or book Click here to go to our contact page if we can assist you or your organisation to turn the tide towards more thriving relational organisational culture.

Indicators are drawn from Blog Features of neoliberal and relational organisational approaches. Table 1. Wendy Talbot. Adventurous Conversations Ltd, 21 October 2017 Click here to go to Blog ‘Features of neoliberal and relational organisational approaches’ .

Click here for a PDF version of this post Blog entry 21 October 2017 Indicators of organisational culture

Table 1: Indicators of troubled and thriving organisational culture
Indicators of troubled organisational culture

—-Spectrum—-

Indicators of thriving organisational culture
Excessive stress

1    2   3    4    5

Productive stress
Conflict

1    2   3    4    5

Harmony
Demoralisation

1    2   3    4    5

Morality
Self-blame

1    2   3    4    5

Self-responsibility
Lack of confidence

1    2   3    4    5

Confidence
Poor health

1    2   3    4    5

Good health
Exhaustion

1    2   3    4    5

Energy
Loss of enthusiasm

1    2   3    4    5

Enthusiasm
Resentment

1    2   3    4    5

Appreciation
Despair

1    2   3    4    5

Hope
Minimal contribution

1    2   3    4    5

Maximum contribution
High staff turnover

1    2   3    4    5

Low staff turnover
Lack of commitment

1    2   3    4    5

Maximum Commitment
Secrecy

1    2   3    4    5

Transparency
Isolation

1    2   3    4    5

Connection
Low productivity

1    2   3    4    5

High productivity
Absenteeism

1    2   3    4    5

Attendance
Customer dissatisfaction

1    2   3    4    5

Customer satisfaction
Customer disengagement

1    2   3    4    5

Customer engagement
Apathy

1    2   3    4    5

Passion
Ethical compromise

1    2   3    4    5

Ethical sensitivity
Disempowered

1    2   3    4    5

Empowered

Table developed by Wendy Talbot PhD, October 2017

 

WE'RE EXCITED TO HEAR FROM YOU

ADDRESS
PO Box 754, Thames
3540, New Zealand
CALL WENDY
PHONE: 027 604 9605

FOLLOW US

SUBSCRIBE NEWSLETTER

LET'S GET STARTED. CONTACT US

  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.

© 2018 ADVENTUROUS CONVERSATIONS - All rights reserved. | Website Powered by Geek Free