Sunday, October 21, 2007

Culture is

Culture is mass behaviour. Look at 'Herd' to explain what the key mechanic of mass behaviour is - it's how we influence each other. Change the way we influence each other, what we influence each other about, and you change culture (organizational).
Link this to 'Managing without Leadership' - organisations keep performing whether they have a strong leader, a weak leader, or no leader at all. (This means leadership as traditionally defined; a position like manager or CEO.)
This is how organisations really work. Not like an organisational chart, nor even like according to a social network analysis which often a snapshot at another level. Influence comes and goes. One person is not more influential than another all the time. They are just more influential at that time.