All roads lead to Culture.
A company’s culture might be described as a system. A system designed to provide the tools for people to continually improve their work. The etymology of the modern “culture” has a classical origin. In English, the word “culture” is based on a term used by Cicero, in his Tusculan Disputations, wrote of a cultivation of the soul or “cultura animi”, thereby using an agricultural metaphor to describe the development of a philosophical soul, which was understood teleological as the one natural highest possible ideal for human development.
Additional keys to a successful company culture we should consider are:
• A long term philosophy – a vision.
• A commitment to the right process will produce the right results.
• Value is added to the organization thru people
• Continuously learning and solving root problems
* A long-term vision involves creating a place that provides more than a paycheck. It echoes a conviction that we all need a purpose to find momentum and continue to achieve goals.
“mille vie ducunt hominem per secula Romam”
A thousand roads lead man forever towards Rome
* Too often we think of process and results as Operational issues. The right Design processes will achieve high value-added products. The flow of the correct information is as critical as the flow of material. A long-term visions understands and links process and people together to reveal opportunities, correct them and recognize these events throughout the culture.
* Value of people is part of a long term vision. Believing in people, believing that we all work better as teams, we get the best results when we work and are judged as a team. A key meaning to the long term philosophy is the treatment of suppliers and partners. “Partner of perish” is a corner stone to a long term vision. A significant cultural trait is mutual ownership of problems and comprehending the solution maybe only found after a number of attempts and trials.
* Continuous learning solves problems and drives the Company Culture, just as there is often mutual ownership of problems, their solution require consensus and continued reflection.
All roads lead to a Companies Culture, the creation a long term vision is easy. Executing it, living it is the challenge; there will be days it’s gone to fight the very core of your being. When the vision is credible it has integrity; integrity is humility, courage and harmony-walking the talk. When the vision is credible its intent is based on trust, a behavior that respects others and a genuine caring.
– It’s the voice of life that calls us to learn.