Thursday, June 6, 2019

Employee involvement and motivation is essential

A healthy organizational culture is highly important to the success of executing the strategy well, which consequently leads to the success of a company. While I think that senior leadership should be held accountable for understanding all aspects of the company’s culture, I also believe that it should not stop there, that all employees working in an organization should be equally held accountable for understanding the company’s culture, and they should be asked to sign an understanding, and agree that they will adhere to that culture while employed in the company.

Thompson, Peteraf, Gamble, and Strickland (2018) points out that changing an unhealthy culture is extremely difficult, but it is possible, and the sooner it is done the better the outcome. In addition, having the right leadership to spearhead these efforts is extremely important to instill new behaviors and practices that will enable “first-rate strategy execution” (pg. 359).

Once an organization recognizes that they have an unhealthy culture, one of the first steps that need to be taken at the start of the process is to identify the problems in the present culture that are affecting the success of the strategy execution. The next step would be to clearly identify what behaviors/work practices should be implemented in the new culture and then propose a good argument for why the culture needs to change. Lastly, the implementation of these new traits and norms that will form the new culture (Thompson, Peteraf, Gamble, and Strickland, 2018).

I think you did a great job of recognizing that employee involvement and motivation is essential to the success of strategy execution. I further agree that management and leadership must remain committed and focused on the traits and qualities that are needed in a healthy culture. Change is never easy, and changing an unhealthy culture can be cumbersome, but with the right leaders, it can be done.


References:

Thompson, A., Peteraf, M., Gamble, J., and Strickland, A. J. (2018). Crafting & executing strategy: The quest for competitive advantage, concepts and cases (21st ed.). New York, NY: McGraw Hill Education.

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