Culture – What is Culture?

Every organisation has it, many have a culture they don’t want, many know the culture they want but don’t know how to get it. But what is it?. Culture is what makes us who we are. It is the accumulation of shared values, beliefs, experiences etc. Culture develops over time, simply stated it is a way of doing and being, better stated it is our way of doing and being. “The way we do things around here.”

Culture is important because it shapes the Why, What and How of what we do.

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Culture starts with our beliefs and assumptions, our values. We act a certain way because we believe a certain thing. Our core values and beliefs drive us forward. These beliefs develop our Norms. The behaviours, the way we do things and these together are reflected in our signs, symbols, ceremonies, celebrations, songs  and rewards.