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Straight Talk on Leadership: Solving Canada's Business Crisis by R. Douglas Williamson

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Understanding Your Organizational DNA

The truth is that the DNA of a “healthy” culture cannot be reduced to a bland set of generic qualities. As with so many other things in organizational life, the context has to be taken into account, and it must help shape the necessary framework. It is more important to have the culture aligned with the context than to have it aligned to some supposedly ideal formula.

Organizations are living, breathing and dynamic communities. As such, they suffer from the same flaws, imperfections, obsessions and biases as the people who work in them and the leaders who guide them.

The possible dysfunctions of organizational life are many and the variations endless. However, there are a few basic “pathologies” that ...

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