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How Many Cultures Does Your Company Have? Do They Work Together?

Culture continues to be a buzz word in corporate America. Employer brand, talent acquisition, and retention are on the top of most leaders’ minds. Why is culture so hard? Let’s face it, culture is an evolution and it’s almost impossible to have one culture within small, medium, and large organizations, regardless of industry. CEOs typically don’t think like accountants, sales divisions certainly don’t think like compliance/administrative groups, and technology gurus clearly don’t think like human resources. Because everyone can’t have the same mindset, thoughts, and views about how a company should work, we all have subcultures at work. Influencing all mindsets to focus on a common goal and aligning strengths to collectively work together even with different mindsets is where the magic is at.

I believe culture and subcultures are continually evolving. Perception and reality of an organization’s culture as the years pass is actually quite common. I’m fortunate to work with many fine organizations that continue to invest in overall culture every day. As I continue to isolate the difference makers, it appears that the organizations that have a sustainable competitive advantage don’t try to squash subcultures. They actually embrace differences and are very good at soaring with strengths as a unified team.

If there is one thing I have learned the hard way it is that perception and reality vary greatly from person to person. Continual alignment of mission, values, transparent communication, and behavior is a never-ending commitment required to change or keep culture.

What are your thoughts about the culture discussion?



Chris Carlson, Managing Director
Chris is an experienced executive in the staffing industry. She has developed operational analyses, implemented programs /compensation plans, and has assisted hundreds of firms streamline processes and upgrade the competencies of their workforce. Finding innovative ways to generate new business, isolate top talent, and build teams is her passion. She has designed and executed many successful strategic marketing /recruiting plans and promotions. Chris began her career at Aureus Group, a full-service professional recruiting firm, in 1994 and currently serves as the Managing Director of Aureus Group specializing in the Finance and Accounting, Information Systems, and Executive Leadership roles in all industries including; Healthcare Administration, Banking, Finance, Insurance, Commercial Services, and Manufacturing. In addition, Chris is a Certified Professional Consultant, and has an Executive Masters of Business Administration degree from the University of Nebraska at Omaha.



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