What is Your Cultural Shadow?

Blog Posts - Nov 5, 2014

Think Shift
Leadership & Culture

Every company’s culture has strengths, which the company does well. However, sometimes those strengths unintentionally cast shadows, weaknesses that appear as a result – we call these cultural shadows.

Even working in tandem with the strengths of an organization’s culture, these shadows can still negatively affect the organization’s culture and employees. Over the next few months, Think Shift will highlight some common cultural shadows and how best to address them.

Below are some examples of the cultural strengths and shadows that we’ll cover:

Culture Strength

Related Shadows

Cooperative, team-oriented culture The inability to say no
Collegial, friendly work enviroment Fear of conflict
Strong executive team Employees needing permissions to act
Desire to accommodate everyone's interests Lack of clarity around goals/mission/culture
Accommodating leadership Unaligned executive team
Stable, tenured workforce Resistance to change
Loyalty-based culture Entitled employees
Distributed management style Poor communication/miscommunication
Empowered senior leadership team Factions among departmental functions

Interested? To learn more about how to address these cultural strengths and shadows, or to discuss a cultural strength or shadow that was not listed here, contact our team at [email protected].