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Quotes On Organizational Culture Essay


Culture Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old culture quotes, culture sayings, and culture proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.


Preservation of one's own culture does not require contempt or disrespect for other cultures.

Cesar Chavez

A nation's culture resides in the hearts and in the soul of its people.

Mahatma Gandhi

Why is it that, as a culture, we are more comfortable seeing two men holding guns than holding hands?     

Ernest Gaines

If you want to change the culture, you will have to start by changing the organization.     

Mary Douglas

Society or culture or whatever you might want to call it, has created us all solely and wholly for the purpose of maintaining its continuity and status quo.     

U. G. Krishnamurti

Culture is the arts elevated to a set of beliefs.     

Thomas Wolfe

No culture can live if it attempts to be exclusive.     

Mahatma Gandhi

When a tradition gathers enough strength to go on for centuries, you don't just turn it off one day.     

Chinua Achebe

Tradition is the illusion of permanence.     

Woody Allen

Tradition is a guide and not a jailer.     

W. Somerset Maugham

Tradition does not mean that the living are dead, it means that the dead are living.

Gilbert K. Chesterton

I like the tradition of ordinary men in extraordinary circumstances and how they react to events which force them to be heroic in a way that is not in their natures.     

Rob Lowe

Youth culture now really looks back and embraces the past, but keeps it contemporary but not sticking to one particular style.     

Alexander McQueen

Pop culture is a reflection of social change, not a cause of social change.

John Podhoretz

Culture is a way of coping with the world by defining it in detail.

Malcolm Bradbury

I just think that some version of the past in our culture is going to rise up and become dominant.

What is more important: Strategy or organizational culture

Culture eats strategy for breakfast

a phrase originated by Peter Drucker and made famous by Mark Fields, President at Ford, is an absolute reality! Any company disconnecting the two are putting their success at risk.

However, while many studies show there is a direct correlation between a healthy, productive culture and a company’s bottom line, the majority of companies spend little time thinking, let alone doing anything about, this topic – even when they’re spending lots of time thinking about their business strategy.

Strategy, capabilities and culture need to be aligned

There is a powerful triumvirate in corporate transformations – Strategy, capabilities and culture. All three need to be designed together, aligned and enabling of each other to create true organizational transformation.

Organizational culture eats strategy for breakfast, lunch and dinner so don’t leave it unattended

Strategy, capabilities and culture leadership is about a series of related choices about “where we going to play”, “how are we going to win and differentiate”, “what capabilities need to be in place to execute”, “what are the cultural imperatives to enable differentiation and execution”?

Organizational culture eats strategy for breakfast, lunch and dinner so don’t leave it unattended

Given strategy is typically viewed from a 3-5 year time horizon and refreshed every few years, capabilities and culture also need to be reviewed at the same time and as one process.

This does not mean changing the values of the company, it means in the context of the strategy, business model, brand positioning … what capabilities are required and what are the critical few cultural capabilities required to enable and drive success?

How to cultivate organisational culture?

Corporate culture is a hard thing to get right. It’s a moving target that means something different to everyone. It grows and evolves over time and is the result of action and reaction. It is the lingering effect of every interaction.

Don’t forget culture when drafting corporate strategies

Culture change is complex and most efforts fail to meet expectations. This is in part because it is often approached separately from strategy and capabilities and becomes an “HR Thing”, and/or it is approached too broadly.

Culture eats strategy for breakfast … unfortunately a message that is all too often forgotten when drafting corporate strategies.

The thing I have learned at IBM is that culture is everything – Louis V. Gerstner, Jr. former CEO IBM

Strategy or culture

Maintaining cultural coherence across a companies portfolio should be an essential factor when determining a corporate strategy.

No culture, however strong, can overcome poor choices when it comes to corporate strategy. The impact of culture on a companies success is only as good as its strategy is sound.

Don’t let culture eat strategy for breakfast. Have them feed each other.

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Corporate Strategy, Organizational Complacency, Organizational Culture