Issue 127 - 06 | From Macro to Uh-Oh: From
Company Concept to Employee Culture... and Back Again

By Stan Slap
Published March 18, 2015 8:00 a.m.
“Want your employees to buy a new management goal? You have to know how to sell it to them. This doesn’t mean selling to your employees; it means selling to your employee culture, which is a whole different proposition. 'Culture' is the most overused yet least understood concept in business. The difference between understanding your employees and understanding your employee culture is the difference between whether your performance goals succeed or fail.

When they form a relationship with a company, employees become a culture. A culture is a separate organism living within your company. It has its own purpose and the power to make or break any management plan – and any manager right along with it. Neither business logic nor management authority nor any compelling competitive urgency will convince an employee culture to adopt a corporate cause as if it were its own. In the killing field between company concept and employee commitment lay many a failed strategic plan.”

About Stan Slap | Stan Slap is president of the international consulting company SLAP, renowned for achieving maximum commitment in manager, employee, and customer cultures. His work has produced legendary impact for a who’s who of successful companies—the kind that don’t include “Patience” on their list of corporate values. He is the author of the New York Times bestseller Bury My Heart at Conference Room B, and his new book, Under the Hood, just hit the store shelves. He lives in San Francisco.

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