Tuesday, 5 April 2011

Culture and skills

Culture breeds expertise and skills. If you have a culture of valuing problem-finding and solving, then you will grow a skill set in your people of finding and fixing problems. If you have a culture of security and safety, you will encourage your people to develop skills related to keeping things secure and safe. If you have a culture of blame and surveillance, however, you will only encourage your people to learn to shift blame and avoid surveillance or rat out their co-workers for personal glory. Before long, you'd find your organisation feeding on itself so that some bits look successful at the expense of others. Soon after that, you need constant new hires (AKA "meat for the grinder") or you'll collapse and die.

Mokalus of Borg

PS - It's not good to be one of those corporations.
PPS - My employer is not like that.

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