An organization’s culture provides the most powerful source for maximizing existing resources, and building collective
commitment to any change strategy. Since our inception in 1953, we have pioneered research and systematic application in organization culture development, and have worked in this arena exclusively since. Culture development is all we do, and we understand it better than anyone. Our process allows organizations to develop a clear understanding of existing resources, many of which could be hidden in the existing culture. Then we equip people at all levels with skills for maximizing those resources and building synergy at all levels.
The online Grid Online Culture Survey is the second part of a five-step culture development process. The survey is part of initial research and diagnostics that gives leaders a clear understanding of how people experience the existing culture. A cross-section sampling of employees from all levels of authority describe the culture as reflected in behavior and norms. The descriptions center around eight core elements of culture. Each element reflects cultural norms that involve teamwork and collaboration that, together with specific ratings and comments, provide an accurate view of the culture in place.
In the workshop that follows, leaders work to collectively define the soundest culture, and compare that view with the survey’s actual culture conclusions. This comparison provides the roadmap for developing culture in ways that will close the gaps. Leaders and employees benefit from exploring culture in objective and measurable terms in an easy-to-use online format.
Why Culture Is Difficult to Study
The scope and depth of daily activities and actions in any company rest on a silent organization, making it difficult for people to see the underlying themes and patterns. Some of these reasons include:
- People often don’t understand the forces of culture or how they operate.
- Self-deception causes people see their own behavior in terms of intentions rather than the actual behavior others experience.
- Organization culture norms become so uniformly accepted that they acquire a “second-nature” quality.
- People don’t have a way to explore culture in objective terms.
The Grid Culture Development process manages each of these limitations in easy-to-understand terms that provide a clear roadmap for change.
Corporate Culture Survey
- Completed on-line, uses eight
dimensions of corporate culture:
–Goals & Objectives
–Standards of Excellence
- to bring into the open an objective view of your organization’s culture.