Last week I wrote a post about ‘What percent of the time is the leading scorer on the winning World Cup team? And what does it have to do with organizational culture?!?,’ Spoiler alert! Now for the results….
(Didn’t get a chance to cast your interactive vote? Simply head over there now before reading the rest of this post.)
It’s based on some intriguing things I learned from Dave Ulrich’s day long workshop for the Institute of Human Resource Management, in Nairobi. And specifically what he had to say about organizational culture.
Dave asked us what percentage of the top scorers in basketball, soccer & hockey are also on the winning NBA, World Cup & Stanley cup team respectively. I’m not a sports fan but I am uber interested in human resources, including organizational culture & that’s where the kicker is (pun intended).
Ready for the answer? For all three (NBA, World Cup, Stanley Cup) it’s a surprisingly low 20% says Dave.
But wait, there’s more!
How many of the 20 “Best Actor/ Best Actress” Academy Award winners in the last ten years were also in the “Best Picture” for that year?
You guessed it, only 20%.
So how does this relate to organizational culture?
The good news? Dave went on to say that a strong organizational culture lifts up those that may not inherently be strong performers. If you have a healthy organizational culture and high performers you’re riding the wave.
The bad news? Grab your life jackets, it’s sink or swim time because a negative organizational culture, also brings down normally high performers.
So catch the wave because a strong, vibrant, healthy organizational culture is critical, to both organizational success & individual performance.
The original contest is below. It will continue to update as people continue to vote. Thanks to Aaron Johannes & Melanda Schmid for being among those who voted. A copy of ‘We Want Peace’ is on its way to you, sung by Emmanuel Jal, one of my most favourite human beings on the planet.
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