High Performance Culture – Set Your Company Apart

Management guru Peter Drucker once said: “The only difference between one organization and another is the performance of its people.”

This got me thinking about what it takes to establish a high performance culture in business today. Like any culture, a high performance culture cannot be imposed from above. It can only be encouraged to develop from the attitudes and actions of the employees. To achieve a high performance culture, companies must actively engage their employees in the company through shared values that unite the employees in executing the company mission.

The value to a company for succeeding in this effort is substantial. Various Gallup studies have reported that positively engaged work teams have higher productivity and profitability, better safety and attendance records, and higher retention. They also drive innovation in their organization. I can’t name any better measures of high performance than those!

Whilst you can’t impose a high performance culture, you can encourage the three critical factors necessary to realize that culture. These factors are:

1) Engaged Employees
2) Shared Values
3) United in Executing the Company Mission

I’ll be discussing these factors over the next few posts. Chime in with any critical factors to a high performance culture you think I’ve overlooked.

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