Culture is the sixth supporting pattern according to Conner. He says that culture is the shared beliefs, assumptions, and behaviors that are acquired over time by those within an organization. He says that winners recognize that culture is an essential element to running a business and that changes can be assimilated into the culture.
So how does culture affect daily business operations? According to Conner they can affect culture overtly through goals, organizational structure, physical facilities, formal policies and procedures or covertly through informal ground rules, unofficial guidelines, or "the way things are around here." These ways of operating can help to define how people behave in organizations as well as can restrict new ways of doing things.
In order to truly align your culture with your decision to change Conner says that you need to develop behaviors, beliefs, and assumptions which are consistent with the new change. Resilient organizations deliberately create a culture that best serves their needs. Also a key way to enhancing resilience in an organization is to actively manage the organizational culture and that requires resolve from top management and a long term view of things.
In order for change to be implemented the organization's cultural traits must be congruent with the new decisions driving the change otherwise the culture will win over the change. In order for the change to be accepted the cultural behaviors, beliefs, and assumptions must evolve to take into account the needs of the change.
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Monica Thakrar has over 18 years experience in business focused mainly on strategy, change management, leadership development, training and coaching resulting in successful implementations of large scale transformation programs.