Styles of Organisational Culture

Earlier we broke down the items that help teach us about our company’s organisational culture and create a culture that allows us to achieve our objectives through solid values and a positive reputation.

Read more about this in our article: Discover how to create your company’s culture

According to Carolyn Taylor, expert in organisational culture, there are five cultural archetypes within companies, which she discusses in her book “Walking the Talk”:

  1. Achievement culture: that in which people, teams and the organisation as a whole are expected to fulfil their commitments, honouring their words impeccably.

Some benefits of this culture include a rise in the organisation’s overall performance, and a lowered risk of performance objectives not being met.

  1. Customer-Centric culture: that which places the focus on understanding the expectations and addressing the needs of the different stakeholders.

Some benefits of this culture include promptness reporting and responding to customer needs, and simplified processes.

  1. One-Team culture: shapes shared values, beliefs and practices in which the common good comes before individual or group preferences and interests.

Some benefits of this culture include quick detection of best practices within teams, which in turn expedites better performance and collaboration between teams. There is synergy.

  1. Innovative culture: this type of culture values entrepreneurship, challenging the status quo, creativity and learning.

Some benefits of this culture include product innovation and attracting non-conventional individuals with original ideas.

  1. People-First culture: in this system of shared values, people are encouraged and supported in a particular way: attention is given to their development, safety, respect, balance and diversity.

Some benefits of this culture include better performance from each employee, compliance with policies, and smooth, high-quality communication.

Now that you are familiar with these archetypes, this would be a good opportunity to start to take action and generate a culture adapted to the needs of your organisation and your environment, foster a unique philosophy where employees feel identified, and work on projecting this reputation in order to gain a competitive edge.