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  • James Creelman

    Couple of comments re the myths.

    1. I don;t think Drucker was saying that culture is more important than strategy, just that the former is always more powerful than the latter. Both are, of course, equally important,

    2. That you say that smart leaders will not let this happen suggests that the statement is not a myth. if it were a myth, leaders would not have to do anything. Also it is not about a ‘bad’ culture, but an inappropriate culture. A strong culture can be inappropriate, but might not be seen as bad.

    3. Again leaders have to make sure this doesn’t happen and so must identify the cultural elements that must be removed or refocused.

    4. Agree wit this, especially that culture should be defined in tangible, measurable ways. Most values statements are worthless because of this.

    5. Fully agree with this myth.

    • Lisa Jackson

      James, great perspectives. I see myths in this case as mind sets that are often unexamined, and thus create unconscious action. I also hear this phrase bantered about too often without really considering what it means. Thanks for adding to the discussion!

  • Daniel

    ”as if one could exist without the other”

    Definitely culture may very well exist without strategy. Is an inherent attribute of groups of people.

    To have a strategy the first condition is to have an organization (that is a group + working together + a common goal).

    Therefore while strategy cannot exist without culture, culture is fine and well without strategy.

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