Peter Drucker says “Culture eats strategy for breakfast” and I agree with him that culture is very important to an organization, but I don’t think this statement goes far enough.
It certainly warns us about the perils of culture, but I think we also need to highlight the positive aspects too.
Yes, your culture will eat your strategy for breakfast, but only if it’s the wrong culture.
If you have a conservative culture and your strategy is for your company to be more innovation, then if you don’t change your culture then it’s going to probably clash with the strategy and it will fail.
However, if your culture is aligned with your strategy, e.g. you have an innovative culture and your strategy is to increase innovation, then your culture is really going to help.