Business Leadership: What Type of Culture Are You Promoting?
by petrosianii, Window Shopper
- Created: June 23, 2010, 6:10 am
I learned a hard lesson yesterday, after talking sternly (staff says 'condescendingly') to two of my staff. There may be a distinct difference between corporate decision-making and microbusiness decision-making. Yesterday's argumentd lead me to wonder whether the principles of large, burueacratic leadership found in corporations actually works in smaller organizations.
I'm leaning towards no ...
In corporate life, dictatorial or authoritarian decision-making is often the norm. The free, democratic flow of ideas isn't usually encouraged. Harsh, abrupt, stern - what could be construed as 'demeaning' - ordering about occurs frequently. And employees just 'grin and bear it' b/c, well, they have to.
But I'm no sure this works in a microbusiness environment. It certainly doesn't work in our firm.
So, recent events have led me as director to think seriously about our corporate culture. This involves questions about how we want our staff to be treated; consultative vs. bureacratic decision-making; spelling out codes for 'demeaning or offensive speech'; etc.
What is your company's culture and ethos with respect to how it treats its staff?
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