Business Culture

Two models of business culture are presented below. One business operating style is not necessarily better than another. Each style has its advantages and disadvantages and can only be judged within the particular circumstances faced by the organization.


Interpersonal Interaction Model

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Risk & Feedback Model

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Understanding Culture

  1. Who sets the style and pace?
    What kind of Role Model are they?
    "Do as we do" or "Do as we say?"
  2. What behavior is rewarded, condemned or ignored?
    Is feedback constant, intermittent, at job completion, or never?
    Are improper or unethical practices condoned through silence?
  3. What information is shared? (needed vs. desired information)
    Is upward information flow constrained? (Do you really know?)
  4. How is superior performance encouraged?
    What type of performance appraisal system is used?
    How are the best qualified people recruited?
    Is training and development offered to everyone?
  5. Are values backed up by time and money?
  6. What is the relative importance of
    - bottom line results?
    - saving face?
    - power building?
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Transformative Networking connecting change leaders to enable self-organized grassroots change.
http://groups.google.com/group/transformative-networking

Next Steps While still conceptual, transformative networking offers the possibility of leading change through the networking of those already interested or involved in similar initiatives, effectively tearing down existing silos of practice that exist across disciplines and fields of work.  The next step is to develop a proof of concept built on the theoretical underpinnings above, possibly using Google Wave as the collaboration platform.  Included will be identifying the minimal structure and governance required to enable self-organization within the network while not constraining what might emerge.  Join this initiative and help create the future of organizing - networking communities of interest.
http://groups.google.com/group/transformative-networking    

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