Management Bug: Lack of an Identified Company Culture

A MngtBug is a problem, cause or impact in a human manager’s decision which produces an incorrect or unexpected result.
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Description

This week’s “Lack of an Identified Company Culture” is a devalued problem.

By definition, company culture refers to the beliefs and behaviors that determine how a company’s employees and management interact and handle outside business transactions. (Extracted and adapted from https://www.thebalancecareers.com/what-is-company-culture-2062000)

The term company culture was developed in the early 1980s and became widely known by the 1990s. Company culture was used to describe the character of a company.
(Extracted and adapted from https://www.investopedia.com/terms/c/corporate-culture.asp)

A company culture that is too casual, disorganized, and or even unethical in its values and practices is one lacking in direction. This lack of leadership in getting work done allows neglectful attitudes to propagate. Employees in a culture where little is expected, are likely to procrastinate and take shortcuts when they do execute their work.
(Extracted and adapted from https://yourbusiness.azcentral.com/poor-company-culture-affect-employees-4410.html).

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Company Culture is a by-product of consistent behavior.

  • Create guideposts: Make a value list and create a culture book
  • Create transparency: Share stories of enacted values following espoused values
  • Create boundaries: Discourage bad behaviors. Encourage good behaviors

(Extracted and adapted from https://management30.com/align-constraints/values-culture/)

The impact of an Identified Company Culture in your organization is much more than a paper, our a webpage, it will influence the organization as a whole.

Known Associates

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This MngtBug has been mentioned with several MngtFixes such as…

“Company Strategy Definition”,
“Company Strategy Follow-up”,
“Company Reorganization”,
“Management 3.0 Training”,
and of course “Company Values Elicitation and Definition”

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Eduardo Espinheira is a Consultant, Facilitator, Manager, Public Speaker, Creator of the Management Bugs&Fixes and the Machiavellian PM Stories

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