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“Culture eats strategy for breakfast.”  So said Peter Drucker, world-renowned management consultant and leadership guru.

But what comes first: the culture or the strategy?

In today’s fast-paced modern business environment, most leaders consider strategy to be central to the DNA of a successful organisation.  However, as Drucker so eloquently states, strategy doesn’t work if the culture behind it is wrong: without great corporate culture there is no strategy and no company.

According to the Harvard Business Review, there are six core components that make for a great corporate culture:

  1. Vision
  2. Values
  3. Practices
  4. People
  5. Narrative
  6. Place

And of these the most complex – and emotional – has to be people, which, as we all know, are without doubt a company’s greatest asset. It is of interest too that values, practices and narrative are all ultimately lived and implemented by people as well. Fundamentally, people are the culture and, sadly, in 2014 we still see a lack of focus and attention on this area.

Perhaps now is the time to think about your organisation’s own culture and whether it is in need of a full-scale health check? In the interim, consider the following quick indicator:

Culture info2

Most high performing clients we work with have a culture based on trust, transparency and innovation.

So, if the health of your team or business is not what you need it to be, we can help you perform the right diagnosis and develop the prescription and plan of action to return it to full fitness and move from surviving to thriving.

Think Marks & Spencer.  The ailing stalwart of the UK high street was transformed following the appointment of Stuart Rose as chief executive in 2004.  Rose challenged many things, including its culture, and success followed.  An area being addressed once more by current CEO Marc Bolland.

The message then is clear – health check your culture and in turn you will safeguard your strategy.

If you would like to find out more about our culture health check contact us at connect@space2be.co or 020 7666 3070.