Imagine a culture where values are not imposed.

It is hard to believe that with all the talk about culture and conformance to values that there is an organization out there where people can be who they really are and not wear a “mask” at work.

That there are organizations that allow freedom of speech and expression of thought without others being affronted or offended and where compliance does not mean “corporate mind-think”.

Do we really get what we want when we impose “organizational values” onto a diverse group of human beings?

It is unimaginable that we would ever think of working for an organization where their  “HR” slogan was everyone who works here must leave their individuality at the front gate!

Yet I ask is this what we have come to expect – that when people come to work that they leave their self-identity at the doors of their enterprise?

Is this why we have so many folks disengaged at their workplace?

It is those organizations that value the differences that people naturally offer that really achieve something magical.

We all know there has to be something that provides organizational glue. Something better.

What are your experiences and thoughts, lets hear and share them.  How do we retain individuality in an organization?

Blog idea inspired by Guy Kawasaki’s book “Enchantment”


About HRMexplorer

Managing Director - Human Capital Europe and USA - My ability is to recognize ingrained assumptions and patterns of operation that aren’t productive, and offer practical, cost-effective and value-based solutions.

Posted on March 19, 2011, in HRMexplorer Blogs. Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. Hi Peter,
    You pose a very intriguing question. The word you used — imposing org. values — brings to mind an autocratic oppressive culture that would disengage employees.

    Meanwhile I don’t believe in the total “be yourself and let it fly” model for companies because it too can disengage employees. Picture personality clashes in full swing with no common bond to inspire.

    Hence my proposed solution:
    A)Org. mission and purpose
    to bond people together
    to give people a purpose to give/adapt rather than total self-focus

    B) Guidelines for behavior that foster creative exchange *and respect for diversity


    • I agree that we cannot have “no rules” I like your solution. The need to adapt and be adept is key to high performance and keeping those that you want in your business. However. what if…we all could fly!

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