Culture in simple words is the characteristics and knowledge of a particular group of people. Organizational culture is the collection of values, expectations, and practices that guide and inform the actions of all team members. While we define our culture and list the traits that we want our tribe to be known for, it is important that we also create those foundations that will help us build these culture pillars.
Taking a cue from Moslows theory , we can draw a parallel to his famous hierarchy pyramid for creating those needs.In his pyramid representation he bifurcates the needs of people into “Growth Needs” that occupy the top and “deficiency needs” that occupy the lower parts of the pyramid. The main difference between growth and deficiency needs is the change in motivation as needs are met. Thus, growth needs only become a priority when the other four deficiency needs are met.
While the theory fits most of the times, it fails to fit multi faceted people who are at different states of their life, different level of mental states and who have different needs. Some are truly happy when they are in lower states and some have the unfulfilled urge till they reach the peak of self realisation. Thus the pyramid representation signalling one after another might not be apt.
The irony is People who are bag of emotions and we ; trying to fit everyone in same bucket might not work well for any organisation.While each trait is important, there are some which matters the most to few.
Thus We will try to represent the moslow needs as circle of culture instead of a pyramid and measure it using the coefficient of happiness of the people at center of the circle.
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