Purposeful Talent Development: A sticky culture keeps people

Knowing where you are on the nine key dimensions of culture will also aid your efforts to help team members learn for the long term.

A friend’s stepdad said spaghetti would stick to the wall when it was done cooking. And it did! So sticky spaghetti equals “done.” (She has a picture of a long strand of pasta stuck to her kitchen wall as proof.)

When it comes to organizational culture though, sticky doesn’t mean done but it does mean you’re on your way to success. A sticky culture will help you retain your people, plus give you important insights into how to make your skills development stick in their minds and activities.

But what is culture exactly?

As this article from HBR suggests, there’s little agreement about the answer to that question. But there is clear agreement that culture not only exists and that it matters.


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