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Corporate culture can have a lot to do with who you want to work for and who you want to buy from.  Think about the difference between shopping at Walmart, Costco, Target or even Nordstroms.  They even feel and sound different when you walk in.  I don’t want to talk here about which is better but to point out that they are obviously very different.  The same is true between cars companies, plastic manufacturers and even universities. 

So what makes them so different?  I think there are a number of dimensions but here are just a few. 

  1. Leadership – does the company have strong visionary leadership or is it more of a competency, technocrat leadership? 
  2. Risk Taking and Change – does the company reward and encourage risk taking or punish it?
  3. Work Styles – is this a competitive, cooperative or collaborative environment?  Do you work in teams or alone?
  4. Results – is performance measured and rewarded or not measured at all?
  5. Norms and Work Rules – What are the companies formal and informal work rules, and how are the followed?
  6. History – Where is the company located or founded?  What are the values of the community?
  7. Decision-Making – How are decision made, who is involved?
  8. Ideosyncracies – What are the odd and unusual traditions and rituals in this organization? All companies have a few.
  9. Motivations of Leadership Team – The top leadership is driven by a lot of different things.  It’s not just all money and profit. 

I’m sure there are more.  It’s a little like a personality test.  Every time you read articles that seem to lump all business together or words like Big Oil or Big Pharma, take them with a grain of salt.  Each of this companies is very different.  People aren’t robots and neither are companies.

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