Does Culture Indicate Performance
In a recent Forbes Magazine article which discussed the counter culture and its relevance to technical and academic performance, a Forbes contributor discussed the positive and negative aspects of using cultural experiences as an indicator of future performance in the work force. The article was written by an organizational developer who discussed a meeting he had with a business leader following a keynote address to several leaders about the importance of organizational culture on employee performance and happiness. In his article, the organizational developer compared negative counter cultures that could develop in the work place to the 1960s counter culture in the United States. The author ultimately believes that the integration of leadership standards that emphasize a positive culture will yield high performance levels on behalf of the company’s employees.
The organizational developer stated that a business leader approached him after a meeting to share his disapproval of the idea that he should integrate a positive culture into his team. The disgruntled leader stated that he should not have to be bothered with the feelings of his employees and that those who performed poorly under his leadership would be found out and removed from their positions. The organizational developer did not respect this leader as a proper leader of a business. He suggested that business like the ones being run by the disgruntled leader were ineffective and poorly run.
Although the organizational developer’s response to any dissent with his proposed plan was extreme, he was correct about the culture of an establishment bearing weight on the employees performance.
Research has shown that the way businesses are being run in the modern era is vastly different than the way they were being run two decades ago. Company culture is actually quite relevant to the success of the business and the longevity of the employees who work there. Although business owners of the 1950s were able to operate sufficient organizations without being concerned about culture, modern owners do not have the luxury.