“When elephants fight, it is the grass that suffers.” Business leaders today thinking about corporate values and culture can learn a lot from this ancient Kenyan proverb. A leader may wonder, what happens if the company values printed on mousepads or etched in glass in the lobby don’t reflect how people really feel and behave? Even though these proclaimed values may have been drawn up by well-intentioned people—founders, the board, HR, the exco—what happens if they’re inconsistent with the unspoken or organic values that really drive organizational culture? The grass dies.
Vice President at Enstoa
Enstoa is working with a $25B independent natural resources exploration and production company that is transforming its entire business. They’re embracing this effort despite the pain of the current economic environment. “We’re committed to modernizing our company, even with oil prices as low as they are,” noted the CFO at the project kickoff.
Enstoa is truly a people first company. At the start of each year, we gather all of our team members from around the world for our annual Spark session, 3 days of off-site meetings, interactive sessions, team building activities and events. We reflect on successes and lessons learned of the prior year, and socialize the strategy for the year ahead.