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CONTEXT AND ITS INFLUENCE ON BUSINESS CULTURE


CONTEXT AND ITS INFLUENCE ON BUSINESS CULTURE

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.

INSIGHTS

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

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