Escape Velocity for Cultural Gravity

Your company has a culture.  It’s the values and beliefs that cause certain behaviors.  For example, if people are routinely late for meetings or if there is a stampede to leave precisely at five o’clock, that’s the culture.  If people prefer to send each other emails instead of talking, or if performance reviews are always late, that’s the culture too.

Cultures are strong.  They are often difficult to change because they have a gravity that makes behaviors become habits — even for new people just entering the culture.  If you intend to change your culture, the biggest force you’ll need to overcome is the old culture’s gravity.  Your change effort will need the power to attain escape velocity.

What parts of your culture do you want to change?

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