Culture/Values

Your workplace is a community.   Communities live or die on the structure provided by culture, principles, and values.   An organization is further bounded by its goals — clearly stated, or not.  Finally, we all bring our personal stuff into the office with us.

The work of management is to align these elements of life at work, in a healthy way.  Too much alignment yields a static hothouse, like a cult.  Too little alignment, and you have entropy.  Chaos and conformity both kill innovation and creativity.

To find a balance, start with understanding how culture and values operate in your workplace.  And by knowing yourself, your own operating principles, and understanding how you align with your organization.