17 Oct Company Culture
Author: Yolande Van Heerden
You may have heard the phrase “Company Culture” on many occasions, but what does it actually mean? Is it just another buzz phrase that businesses us to make it seem like they have it all figured out or are there some real value in promoting a specific Company Culture?
Professional business couches and motivators emphasise the need to develop a Company Culture that is true to what the business stands for. A common definition is that an organization’s culture is a deeply embedded set of beliefs and values that determine, to a great extent, how individual employees react to various situations. To therefor employ people that share the same set of beliefs and values are key in driving business performance in the right direction.
What are beliefs and values and do they change or stay the same? I my opinion, beliefs are assumptions we hold to be true. When we use our beliefs to make decisions, we are assuming the causal relationships of the past, which led to the belief, will also apply in the future. They arise from learned experiences, resulting from the cultural and environmental situations we have faced in the past.
Values are not based on information from the past and they are not contextual, they are universal. Values are intimately related to our needs, whatever is important to us or what is missing from our lives. When we use our values to make decisions we focus on what is important to us and what we need to feel a sense of well-being.
This leads me to the conclusion that because individual beliefs and values are in fact dynamic over time, Company Culture should not be resistant to change. The one certainty we have is that our lives are ever changing. Change cannot be one-sided or forced upon anyone and can only be fully implemented if embraced by all affected. To change Company Culture from a set of meaningless buzz words on paper to heartfelt value adding passions, are not achieved easily. It can only be successful if the heart of the creator is in it.
At SNC we go to great lengths to find team members that share our core values of excellence, success and commitment. This is how we define these values:
- Unequivocal excellence in all aspects of the company:
Always deliver products and services of exceptional quality that add value to all involved for the long term.
- Success in all outcomes:
Totally focus your thoughts, energy and attention on the successful outcome of whatever you are doing.
- Commitment to being all you can be:
Give yourself and everything you commit to 100% until you succeed.
We live, sleep and breath our core values, because our mentor Andrew Phillips, wears his heart on his sleeve and we therefore embrace his passion and vision whole heartedly. Around here Company Culture is not just a buzz word, but a belief and value system that creates a buzzzzzzzzzzzz.