Where you ought to be

One thing I like about the competing value framework is that it puts the emphasis on intentional choices when it comes to culture.

You can foster an environment that focuses on results and delivery, and that means you will probably have to forgo the type of company where people work together in harmony. You can prefer to take decisions at the highest levels of the hierarchy and ensure that everything is checked by a manager before it is ready for the public, and that means you will probably not get a lot of new ideas or retain people that seek a purpose in what they do.

Clearly, things can change over time, and extremely successful companies find ways to position towards the center of the matrix. But choices play a key role in defining culture. Whether they are intentional or the product of habits, just do not be surprise when you’ll find yourself exactly where you ought to be.

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