Culture and Strategy

Culture eats strategy for breakfast.


I came across the above quote recently. It’s often attributed to Peter Drucker without citation. What it means in an organizational context is that if you want to implement a strategy that’s at odds with a group’s culture, then that strategy is likely to fail. You have to change the culture first in order for your strategy to succeed.

I think this is true on a personal level as well. In order to make a change you have to address the resistance in your head. Those little voices that tell you that the change won’t work, you can skip today on the habit you’re trying to break or build, etc…you have to find a way to shut them down.

Changing an organization’s culture – particularly a toxic culture – is hard. Quieting those toxic voices in your head is hard too – but it can be done, often slowly but surely. And the payoff is worth it.