Roger Harrison, Diagnosing Organizational Culture, defines workplace culture as “those aspects that give a group a particular climate or feel. Culture is to an organization what personality is to an individual. It is that distinctive constellation of beliefs, values, work styles, and relationships that distinguish one organization from another.”
The word, "archetype" has its origins in ancient Greek. The root word, archein, means "original or old", and typos, means "pattern, model or type". It is believed that if we took all of the possible workplace cultures, they would fall primarily into one of these archetypal cultures:
POSITIVES OF A CULTURE OF POWER
POSITIVES OF A CULTURE OF ROLE
POSITIVES OF A CULTURE OF ACHIEVEMENT
POSITIVES OF A CULTURE OF SUPPORT
So, as you can see, none of these archetypal cultures is very alluring in its pure state. We have so much work to do in developing intentional workplace cultures that effectively support the work we do, increase employee satisfaction and effectiveness and attract and retain top talent.
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