Culture is the lifeblood of an organization. It reflects the values, beliefs, and behaviors that determine how people perform and interact with each other every day. In some organizations, culture is widely discussed and understood by all. In others, it is an unspoken set of rules and norms. Culture, regardless of how it is communicated, plays an enormous role in organizations’ performance. Our recent global survey explored issues surrounding culture change and leadership development. The research demonstrates that organizations see the need to make a priority of culture to drive alignment, collaboration, and performance. Yet many acknowledge they have not effectively aligned culture and strategy. They have not identified and communicated their culture throughout their organizations. They have not integrated culture into their talent development and organizational practices.
Key findings include:
- "Driving culture change" ranks among the top three global leadership development priorities.
- "Organizational alignment and collaboration" is considered the primary driver to improve culture.
- "Communications" is the most used strategy to improve culture, followed by "leadership development" and "embedding culture change in management objectives."