Culture and Communication

A Good Organizational Culture Knows No Boundaries.

The strong and positive aspect of organizational culture most critical to success across regions generally include

-empowering employees

-having a team orientation

-having a clear strategic direction and intent

-possessing a strong and recognizable vision

Though there are similarities when comparing regions in terms of organizational culture and effectiveness, there are also some differences. Overall, the study confirms that having a strong, productive organizational culture is associated with increased sales growth, profitability, employee satisfaction, and overall organizational performance regardless of where the organization is physically located.

A vital Necessity for Good management — Communication

One often comes across statements such as, “I tried my best, but they did not co-operate and, how can I work if he is not able to appreciate my point of view?” In such situations, the fault is with those who complain. An effective person is one who gets his message across to others with minimum possibility of misunderstanding. However, if a gap between what a person wants to convey and what the other person wants to understand is large, then the effectiveness of the person who is sending the communication is low.

Effective communication is a very important process in every aspect of life. Nearly seventy percent of our active hours are spent in communication: either verbally, or listening, reading or writing. Communication,thus, is the capacity of an individual or a group to convey ideas and feelings to another individual or a group to evolve a desired response. Often in business, the mere act of sending a memorandum or delivering a speech is ordered to constitute communication. However, an effective communication is only brought about if it evokes the desired response or stimulus.

If one looks at Indian organizations today, it would appear that communication is given secondary importance, and most of the managements do not handle communication with employees particularly well.

For the last few years, marketing reports and newspaper articles have whipped up much excitement by predicting a day when desktop and portable computers, telephones, facsimile machines, cable television, CD ROM, audio receivers, and other devices in the office and home would all be connected globally. Now partially this is being achieved.

For the long term, the widely touted personal communications services got a big boost. In this vision of worldwide wireless communications individuals anywhere, indoors, or out, can make or receive calls on a pocket handset. Meanwhile, in the more traditional business of long haul optical-fiber systems, several advances were made.

Today’s business environment is changing.  The average work day is longer and people are more mobile than ever before as businesses try to compete in a global marketplace. Work has become an activity, not a place. We commonly work on airplanes, in hotel rooms or at home. And while we travel, we need to stay in touch with people and exchange information. Outsourcing is becoming more common for many corporate services. Employees, customers and outside vendors often form virtual corporations to compete for specific projects independent of the location. Computing is also becoming a collaborative process, more often than not, done by groups rather than individuals.

These trend is not limited to business only. Consumers are also turning to technology like never before. They are looking for convenience through remote access of bank accounts, voice messaging, mobile paging, and home access to video shopping service, as they struggle to regain personal time in their daily lives.

This is when your network of peers will come to your rescue as you can take their advice. It also helps you stay abreast of the latest issues in your field. Keep in touch with college mates, mingle during conferences and functions and join a professional networking site.

No job is secure forever, the business landscape is changing constantly and if you don’t want to be a dinosaur you’ll have to upgrade your skills regularly. You need to stay at par with colleagues and others vying for your job. Don’t expect past accomplishments to suffice. Learn constantly especially from your mistakes. If a senior corrects you, don’t sulk or complain. You’ll not only exasperate your boss, but end up repeating your mistake.

If you believe you are the only one who can do the job right, back your conviction with accomplishments. Before you jump at the chance to be promoted, ask yourself, am I prepared for it? A promotion not only means more professional responsibilities but also change in personal life.

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