is your culture transforming or deforming people?

Organizational culture is currently a hot topic and it should be in my opinion. Much is being written about the challenges of developing a healthy organizational culture, but I am not sure that I am seeing much change.

Organizational culture is important, of course, because it has been shown to have a direct impact upon organizational performance. Another reason that is incredibly important to me, is the lasting effects that the organizational culture has upon the people of the organization.

Think about how the elements impact everything from the shape of the land to the health of plants. As you well know, plants growing in healthy soil and receiving the nutrients they need grow tall, lush, strong, and bear good fruit. Plants growing in poor soil, with poor nutrients, and in harsh conditions are seldom fruitful, their growth is stunted, and they are deformed to various degrees.

That is what your organizational culture is doing to people. It is either a culture that is growing people and transforming them into better versions of themselves, or it is stunting their growth and causing them to become deformed versions of themselves.

Something to consider, your organizational culture is either transforming or deforming the people of the organization. Which is your doing?