We want this book to be actually useful. During the last six months we’ve spent many three-hour lunches talking about the biggest challenges we want to attack, read endless books and articles and formed our own view on what they are and how to solve some of them.
To make our views more sound we asked our friends on Facebook to list things the biggest problems in organizational cultures today. This is what they came up with:
- Stress (your own, co-worker’s, customer’s)
- Too much pressure
- Too little time
- Business before culture
- Differences in understanding what work is and how it “should be”
- Communication problems (not knowing who does what and why)
- Bad quality of work
- Low appreciation in the workplace/community
- Unrealistic expectations
- Wrong people (bad hires)
- Fear of failure
- Lack of tolerance for working in an uncertain environment (everything can’t be planned if the information is not available)
- Decision-making - Scandinavian über-democracy is not always a good thing
- Lack of trust and transparency
- Fear of speaking out in public
- Playing “too busy” so one cannot look into their own work practices
- Speed: structures move so much slower than people or their needs & wants
- Communication is a problem, yes, but not necessarily the lack of it - doing things in too big teams lead to too many meetings where one to three participants speak and the rest just go through their endless emails
We also asked what makes a great company culture. Got two answers. It seems we have a lot of work to do.
We know it’s really easy to come up with things that are wrong. Much harder to actually say how to do it right (there may not be best practices that work in any organization). We figured the easiest way to approach this is to first recognize the problems or blocks. Then find the best ways to actually build a good culture.
We’re especially interested in finding small action steps that anyone in the organization can take to make the culture and their work better. Luckily there are hundreds of good examples and stories ourt there (and we’d love to hear yours as well)!
What would you like to read more about? What are the most common problems you encounter? How have you solved them?