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The Culture in High-performance Organisations

High-performing organisational cultures

Every organisation has its own internal culture. An organisation’s culture encompasses the shared values, norms, and beliefs of its employees. These shared assumptions shape what actions and strategic options are considered within the organisation.

To make yours a high-performing organisation, you must ensure that a culture exists that’s conducive to high-performance.

In order to build a high-performing organisation, you need to foster a culture that will give it a competitive advantage. Your organisation’s culture should align with its strategic mission and with the external environment, while differentiating itself from competitors.

However, the culture has to be flexible in order to adapt to changing circumstances beyond the organisation. The ability to adapt quickly is crucial to maintaining an edge over rivals.

Deliberate steps toward a positive culture

All organisations have a culture. In some instances, however, a corporate culture can hinder the organisation by being too rigid, resistant to change, and by maintaining working methods that have outlived their usefulness. In high-performing organisations, managers usually take deliberate steps to influence how the culture is formed.

They can help shape a culture through their actions and words, espousing the organisation’s values, and displaying those values in their actions. Organisational culture is something that managers can guide but can never fully control.

For every aspect of the culture that you can adjust or influence, there are other aspects that are beyond your power to change. However, those factors that you do have control over can be manipulated to contribute toward your organisation’s success.

Remember, every employee in your organisation contributes to its culture. Employees should be given the tools and the encouragement to work toward both personal and organisational high performance.