Where does the group culture come from? Group culture is not merely the average of all the people in the group. Several different factors determine group culture, such as:

  • The style of the group leaders
    • Extraverted, fast-paced, dominant and controlling
    • Extraverted fast-paced, charismatic and engaging
    • Introverted slower-paced, steady and supportive
    • Introverted slower-paced, conscientious and compliant
  • The most pronounced styles within the group,
    • Results-now
    • Social influence
    • Thoughtful and team
    • Accurate and rules
  • The type of work the group does,
    • Change and risk
    • New people exciting strategies
    • Methodical and steady
    • Compliant and precedent
  • The historical culture of the group,
    • Bold and persevering
    • Creative and curious
    • Fair and just
    • Honest and judgmental
  • The cohesion or tension within the group
    • Change
    • Strategic
    • Consistent
    • Accurate

These are just some of the factors that help shape group culture.Understanding the origins of the group’s culture may be necessary if you hope to change it. Some of the issues to consider.

How do people who aren’t in your personality region feel about this group culture? What are their frustrations and challenges?

How does the group listen to those in the other personality regions?

How do people in your region respond to those who don’t share their style?

How open is your culture to other styles?

How do they bring balance to your group?

Do people feel that too much time is wasted talking about rather than doing it?

Do people feel that too much time is wasted socializing?

Do people feel like they have enough structure and stability?

Do people feel that potential problems are ignored, and the analysis is undervalued?

Do people feel that they get the personal recognition they deserve?

What are the advantages and drawbacks of the culture of your group?

Call me to find out more about analyzing your group’s culture. Frank Marinko +61 (0)438771954

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