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CONTEXT AND ITS INFLUENCE ON BUSINESS CULTURE

BLOGROLL

CONTEXT AND ITS INFLUENCE ON BUSINESS CULTURE

APRIL 7/MICHAEL BAYLOR

Context is the circumstances and events that shape many aspects of the organizational culture that influence technology adoption.

A simple fluctuation in revenue to a global financial meltdown can be the impetus for a cultural shift in technological innovation. One of three responses can typically be anticipated; progress, regress or stagnate.

In other words, an organization will; 1.) Advance its IQ through the increased adoption of innovative technologies in order to improve operational efficiency or gain strategic advantage, 2.) Lower its IQ through a reduction in technology innovation, or 3.) Do nothing and remain status quo (stagnate).

The manner in which leaders respond to circumstances and events directly shapes the culture of the organization. A leadership response that consistently drives a cultural attitude of technological innovation has a stabilizing effect and measurably improves organizational IQ.

A “high IQ” society mistrusts and resents leadership that responds to circumstances and events with a “regress” or “stagnate” attitude and leadership with a lower IQ typically drives High IQ workers away and produces a culture of complacency. If this sounds like a blistering indictment of leaders that reject technological innovation, it is meant to be.

Insight

History has taught us one immutable lesson; Technological stagnation will lead to the demise of a culture.