“Culture to an organisation is what personality is to an individual”
Organisational culture can appear to be one of those ‘fluffy’ terms we hear spoken about in the workplace, but which tends not be given as much ‘air time’ as ‘Business Development’, ‘Sales’, and ‘Financial Planning’, etc. I often hear business professionals say, ” I really need to focus on the ‘bread and butter’ at the moment, all that other ‘culture stuff’ frankly can wait”
A bit like a dog, dizzied by running around in circles chasing its tail, we can at times tend to ignore that which really matters and which has long term consequences, in favour of chasing the immediate and short-lived. Organisational culture is like the rails upon which a train runs. Though ensuring the comfort of passengers is of immediate importance, of even greater importance is the regular maintenance of the rails to ensure the safe and continuous running of the train. Indeed, where there exists a slight relaxing in the focus on the safety of the rails themselves, the consequences can be catastrophic for passengers – as we already know from unfortunate experiences.
These are economically challenging times: Europe is in a deep financial crisis – and the impact on organisations in the UK particularly, in terms of redundancies and reduced staff investment, is widely acknowledged. It is of course a natural human reaction of leadership to consistently focus, sometimes unknowingly, on the ‘hard’ bottom-line organisational functions which directly influence how the Profit and Loss Corporate balance sheet ‘looks and feels‘. But “what about the people”, I ask?? It is equally important to remember during these times that just like the train that needs a safe track to run on, so too do organisations totally depend on their people to ensure they emerge from through these challenging times – unscathed. Continue reading
With the forthcoming Easter celebrations (and the 11 day bank holiday kicking in this week in view of the Royal Wedding – thank you and indeed congrats Will and Kate!), I spontaneously began thinking about Religion and Belief and thought it interesting to look at the various world belief systems across board that form an essential part of who we are as ‘groups’ of people and individuals. So…
Did you know that??
- The approximate Christian world population is 2.1 billion (about one-third of the total population of the planet)
- The approximate Muslim world population is 1.5 billion
- The approximate Non-religious/Agnostic/Atheistic world population is 1.1 billion
- The approximate world population practising Sikhism is 23 million
- The approximate Buddhist world population is 376 million
- The approximate Hindu world population is 900 million
- The approximate Jewish world population is 14 million
- The approximate world population practising Neo-Paganism is 1 million
- The approximate world population practising Rastafarianism is 600,000
- The approximate world population practising Scientology is 500,000
Did you also know that the top 10 world’s most populated countries (taken from the US Census Bureau, International Data Base) ranked in order are rated thus:
- China – with a population of 1,323,591, 583 (has 1/5 of the world’s people)
- India – 1.156,897,766
- The US – 307,212,123
- Indonesia – 240,271,522
- Brazil – 198,739,269
- Pakistan – 174,578,558
- Bangladesh – 156,050,883
- Nigeria – 149,229,090
- Russia – 140,041,247
- Japan – 127,078,679
What are the implications of these statistics for…?
Just some thoughts for you to think about as we celebrate Easter; a word which itself is derived from a variety of cultural and religous traditions (Paganism, Judaism and Christianity), and which as a consequence doesn’t just symbolise the Christian celebration of the death and life of the historical man called Jesus, but which from a diversity viewpoint, pulls together the dynamism of the human spirit, regardless of particular religious beliefs, convictions or peoples…
In attempting to develop an understanding of the meaning of the concept of ‘diversity’, it is arguable to suggest that the best place to begin is by attempting an answer of the following 3 core philosophical questions: “Who am I?”, “Where am I going”?, “What does existence mean?”
Attempts to answer these questions can be traced back to a number of known philosophical thinkers: Aristotle, Thomas Aquinas, St Augustine, Rene Descartes, Immanuel Kant, John Locke, Martin Heidegger, Tielhard de Chardin, John Paul Sartre, etc – all of whom dominated the ancient, medieval and contemporary and modern philosophical periods.
But what was the common denominator running through the varied arguments each thinker posed? Arguably, I suggest it was attempting an understanding of the meaning of ‘existence’: What was it? What did it mean? Indeed, how am I connected to it?
I remember when studying philosophy at university, I was particularly interested in the theories of ‘identity’. The existentialist philosophy of Jean-Paul Sartre took my particular fancy. Continue reading