Human Resources: Are You Cultured?

January 14, 2019       The NonProfit Times      

Culture can mean any of a number of concepts – from understanding opera to how you relate to others in a workplace environment. Office culture can impact productivity and performance or it can be a motivational tool.

According to Gail Perry, CFRE, during her presentation “Culture Eats Strategy For Breakfast” at the Bridge To Integrated Marketing Conference in National Harbor, Md., resistance to change within an organization include temporary fads, poor communication, changes to routines, exhaustion and saturation.

    Perry cited Thomas Shelden Griggs, Ph.D., of Griggs Leadership, in his four levels of created and maintained interaction based on culture:

  • Personal: Individual thoughts, feelings and attitudes;
  • Interpersonal: Getting people one at a time involved in the effort;
  • Group/Cultural: These are shared values, myths, language, behaviors and history; and,
  • Institutional: Known practices, policies and procedures.
    She listed interactions and questions for getting people in the culture to communicate. They are:

  • What would be possible if we could … ;
  • What are your biggest questions about … ;
  • Agree to disagree without shame or blame;
  • Get the naysayers on your side;
  • “Try on” ideas;
  • Both/And thinking; and,
  • Did you get want you wanted?