This structure of organizational attributes – labeled the Five Ps – Purpose, Philosophy, Priorities, Practices, and Projections– offers a unique way to understand an organization and manage organizational alignment.
To orient you to the Five Ps, take a few moments to review these definitions and descriptions. Building a shared culture begins with a common language. By explaining and using the language of the Five Ps with employees of your organization, you will be more successful in discussing culture, alignment, and change. A shared language promotes communication – an essential ingredient for a thriving culture and successful change.
The Purpose is the answer to the question “Why is the work you do important?” [More…]
The Philosophy is the prime, distinguishing principle or value or set of principles and values – the enduring character of the organization – that directs how members do their work. [More…]
Priorities are the strategic and universal values that enable the organization to achieve its goals and build an engaged workforce. [More…]
Alignment of the Five Ps
With an understanding of your organization’s Core Culture and its strategy, the path to success requires the alignment of the remaining Ps – Practices and Projections – with the Core Culture and strategy.
Practices are the behaviors and actions of members of the organization. They can be internal or external to the organization.
Internal Practices – These Practices include the inner workings of the organization that affect employee relationships, interactions and accomplishments. They include: your organizational structure, work design and systems for doing work; recruitment and selection; training and development; performance management; internal communications; and technology. All must be aligned with the Core Culture and support your strategy. [More…]
External Practices – These Practices define how the organization interacts with others outside the organization. They include: your customers and markets; the products or services you offer; suppliers, vendors, and partners. These must also be aligned with the Core Culture and the organization’s strategy. [More…]
These activities are the ways your organization paints an image of itself to the public. Projections include your organization’s name and symbols; the image of your leader and your corporate headquarters; your marketing, public relations, and advertising; community activities; the style of employee dress and uniforms; and the appearance of offices and stores. Your image should also align with your Core Culture and position your organization to achieve its goals. [More…]