Are you Creating an ‘Obeyiance’ Culture?

Some organisations are so fixated on meeting their legal requirements (and the system) that they become blinded to the impact that this has on culture. Companies that focus their attention solely on a system create a culture that demands obedience, in what I refer to as an ‘Obeyience Culture’ – obedience in the name of compliance. This type of culture fosters fear, silence and blame, all of which lead to organisations where surprises are the norm, and unusual events appear from nowhere because people in those organisations do not reports mistakes, near misses or ‘oh dear’ moments. This is because it’s not how things are done in an ‘Obeyience Culture’. So why do these organisations require obedience?

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  1. […] Are you Creating an ‘Obeyience’ Culture? There is a temptation, even seduction in risk and safety to focus on controlling others. This can appear the easy option at times. But what are the trade-offs and by-products of implementing a culture focused on control? Could it be an ‘Obeyience Culture’? […]

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