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Culture Survey Overview

Culture is the soil from which employee activity springs (compare with “agriculture”). It is the way people think and get things done around the organization.

The purpose of a culture survey is to provide leaders with a framework for understanding the culture of their own organizations, and the help them recognize and rectify areas of misalignment with the aim of the organization.

Key Measures of the Culture Survey

Priority Alignment

  1. Tactical Priorities order the urgent tasks of the day, when employees must make quick decisions in the present.
  2. Strategic Priorities order those activities or initiatives related to the organization’s business plan that require focus over an extended period of time.
  3. Core Priorities order the fundamental elements of our lives individually and as members of organizations.

Structural v. Social Maturity

  1. Structural Maturity: the degree of development of the physical entities and capacities – buildings, systems, brand, technologies, etc. – that reflect the work conducted by the members in pursuit of the aim.
  2. Social Maturity: the degree of professionalism, trust, and empathy of employees toward each other and external constituents.


  1. Productive Unity: the extent to which the various members and divisions of the organization operate as a cohesive whole to deliver on the organization’s unique value proposition.
  2. Ethical Unity: the extent to which the members of the organization understand and act upon the unique ethos of the organization.