One of the pleasures of working in the social sector is that I get to visit lots of different organizations. Almost all of them are inspiring and energizing. Each cause has its own culture. I often wonder who sets the norm for the enterprise. Does the founder create a culture that remains for years? Can a class of new board members alter the chemistry? Does one new staff member enhance or destroy the collegiality? Can a donor impose a culture on an organization? Does a partner organization have an influence? What is the role of the CEO in creating chemistry?
How have you seen your organization’s culture established? Who influences the norms?