This course is designed to help create and maintain a sustainable organisational culture.
“Why should I care about future generations? What have they ever done for me?” – attributed to acting icon Woody Allan.
The notion of sustainability has been with us for some time. Management thinkers such as Drucker, Deming, Handy, Weisbord, McGregor, Senge, Pratt and many others have written great works on this topic.
The need for humans to seek ways to make our lives, our institutions and our planet sustainable for future generations is paramount, and the role of the organisation in achieving sustainability is crucial.
It is time now to make sustainability a serious focus in organisations. At the very least the notion of sustainability must be supported, reinforced, rewarded and, above all, measured.
So what is the bottom line of creating and maintaining a sustainable organisational culture?
In fact there are three bottom lines. Steven Covey urged us to think win/win, however having a sustainable organisational culture is about win/win/win.
- It is good for the individual, particularly for those who believe that human beings are on a lifelong quest for meaning.
- It is good for the organisation. We know that when people are engaged, they will strive to be more productive and aligned to the achievement of the vision, mission and values of the organisation (meaning and purpose).
- It is good for society. The more organisations pursue improvements in their culture by becoming more socially responsible, the more they will contribute to sustainability for current and future generations.
- Measuring the culture of the organisation
- Measuring the contribution made by the key people in the organisation towards the achievement of a sustainable culture.