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What Drains Your Company Culture?

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At Dion Leadership we spend a lot of time observing organizational culture and studying how different cultural norms affect individual performance and collective business results.

We define culture as the “Way of Life” within an organization.

It is the shared meanings, beliefs, assumptions, and norms that create common ways of viewing and solving problems.

On the one hand, we know that high performance cultures are built on trust, integrity, and competence. These cultures are characterized by:

  • Growth and profitability that surpass their competitors
  • Unparalleled innovation
  • An ability to attract and retain top talent

Unfortunately, there are also organizational cultures fueled by mistrust, resentment, and self-preservation. When coming across these situations, we’ve noticed that the company is commonly plagued with missed financial targets, disappointed customers, high turnover, and an inability to execute.

Cultures are created, healthy or not, through a series of behaviors that define what the organization believes.  With focus and intentionality, you can create a thriving culture that enables long-term organizational success. We have defined a set of “Culture Creators” for you to consider. These elements, working in concert, create your organization’s culture reality.

CULTURE CREATORS

We’re intensely interested in the unique individual behaviors that impact both leadership effectiveness and the broader organizational culture. In support of this work, we were intrigued when our long-term content partner Wiley published
The Invisible Drain on Your Company’s Culture.

In this ebook, Mark Scullard, a Ph.D. psychologist and senior director of product innovation for Wiley’s Workplace Learning Solutions division, poses that there is one root cause that drains organizational culture: individual insecurity.

It’s a fascinating read. Mark traces the spread of dysfunctional behaviors at work to the self-doubts that beset each of us. He also outlines a solution to help organizations move toward cultural improvement. You will learn:

  • What insecurity looks like in the workplace and the associated costs
  • How self-awareness tools, such as DiSC, can help us understand the hidden psychological factors that drive our insecurities
  • What you can do to address insecurity’s drain on your company culture

Having worked closely with Mark over the last decade, we know he is a keen observer of human behavior, and his insights always seem right on target. If you find this ebook as helpful as we do, you can learn more by listening to Mark speak about it in a 45-minute recorded webinar. 

We are committed to providing you with ongoing insights about individual, team, and organizational behavior to help you improve your business results.  The Dion Leadership team can help you formulate and execute strategies that make lasting change in your organization’s culture.

Steve Dion

Founder & CEO

Steve has dedicated his career to understanding and improving organizational cultures through the creation and deployment of innovative assessment, leadership, and team development programs.

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