Last week, in Can Radically Different Cultures Produce Equally Great Results?, I posed the question: If measured by financial performance, can dramatically different organizations be equally successful?I n this short series about culture development, we’ll take a look at how sound business principles and cultural patterns often collide within an organization’s walls.
How can opposing cultures both succeed?
In many ways, it doesn’t seem fair that both charitable and churlish cultures can thrive.
It’s easy to embrace the benevolent culture created by Sid Rich (we’ll call it Company South, “S” for Sid) as profiled in the first article in this series.
His company deserves to be successful.
Wouldn’t it be great if that was the company you worked for?
Strive not to be a success, but rather to be of value. ~ Albert Einstein
What if you’re stuck on the other side of the tracks?
Contrarily, when you look across the aisle at the rough and tumble world of Company North (“N” for Nasty), highlighted by temper tantrums, public floggings and a petulant devotion to spending a dime on anything, we’re either glad we’re not working there … or wishing we didn’t.
Some powerful lessons are evident as we compare and contrast these companies, their styles and culture, although some lessons are not very inviting.