Addendum to building a great company culture

One thing that really resonated with me during the culture talk we had yesterday that I forgot to add to my last post was something that I really disagreed with. It happened when one of the moderators of the conversation was comparing his company culture to a family.

It sounds like a great idea in theory to have a comfy hugable family to work with all the time. However, the problem arises when the ‘parents’ (aka the founders/leaders) consider their employees their ‘children’. It was even more surprising how many people nodded in agreement. Really? Who wants to be considered a child who needs to be disciplined and talked down to all the time.

Employees are partners. They are the reason your company exists. How do you expect to have them buy-in when you consider them the lowest common denominator. It’s my opinion that employees are the reasons for success, and management should be there to support their work.

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2 responses to “Addendum to building a great company culture

  1. ashlystewart

    Hmm. I see your point, but what about parents who do value their children and support them to be active participants in conversations? I know some pretty awesome parents who don’t talk down to their children.. maybe this is the family model that could work. So I get the metaphor, but I do agree with you and think family is the wrong analogy to use here. I support the partnership model over domination- can you think of a better analogy?

    PS. Who is writing which blogs? Sometimes I can tell, sometimes I cannot.

  2. That’s the beauty of collaboration, isn’t it? 🙂

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