The Culture to Succeed

Organizational Culture is a very important part of every company and is made up of the shared values, beliefs and assumptions that determine how people should behave and interact, how decisions should be reached and how work activities should be carried out.

Organizational culture is a complex subject as it deals with human interaction.  Factors such as history, management structure and type of industry can influence the culture of an organization.

The Cultural Web, a model designed by Johnson and Scholes to represent the taken-for granted assumptions of an organization, helps managers and leaders to focus on how the various assumptions may influence the strategic plans of the organization and identify blockages as well as facilitators of change within the existing structure that may enabling better planning and effective drivers of change to be implemented.

The Cultural Web Model

In the modern age, leaders are required not only to be able to manage processes but also to develop individuals and teams, motivate them and lead them to fulfil their full potential.

Leaders that understand and recognize the culture of their organization will be best placed to ensure that their strategies result in success.  They will be able to review their leadership styles to suit the norms and values of their organization and in doing so, minimize resistance to change and ensure a culture of company-wide learning is present.

At SK AeroSafety, we take all the cultural dimensions seriously, and we strive to give managers, leaders and all within the business the training they require to become more sensitive to how cultural aspects may impact on the success of our organization and our teams’ performance.  For example, as part of their continual development, Team Leaders routinely engage in management training, enabling them to better understand leadership styles and how to adopt the correct style for a given scenario, according to several factors such as work type, people and the situation.