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A culture of cultures…

26 Sep

Imagine a place where all people can co-exist, respect and support each other, and strive towards a common goal… regardless of nationality, culture, religion, race, political views, or personal preferences… Could such a place even exist in our modern society…?

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Considering the situation in many of the world’s countries, with increasing civil unrest and escalated violent tendencies due to political and economical challenges –  it is easy to lose faith in this ever happening… The more worried and insecure people feel with the way that their countries and societies are being led, the more frustration and animosity they will feel both towards their governments and leaders… as well as any form of change that is imposed on them without being anchored or understood… Ultimately people turn against each other…

Despite this, there is another existential dimension where everything becomes very different… where the focus completely changes… and where people join forces to work together… having the same vision of what needs to be achieved… understanding and being inspired by the reasons behind… Yes, it is possible…

I am talking about ‘Company culture’… a culture of its own… a culture of cultures which in some cases by far surpasses any multi-cultural constellation or society in the outside world… For the bigger the company and the clearer the company’s values, vision, direction, working processes and co-worker benefit programmes are – the greater the impact will be of the company culture… and the more involved, inspired, productive and loyal the individuals will be… together forming a tight and powerful allegiance… a strong force to be reckoned with… Add to that – open, honest, encouraging and supporting leadership – and you have a winning concept…

In my mind and heart, one such company is IKEA… a brand and group of companies with a solid value base… a clear and inspiring vision… and with great faith in its co-workers, realising their value and potential as human resources – providing a culture that shines bright as a guiding star for to follow…
People from everywhere unite and look beyond the differences that so often separate and alienate people in the outside world – in order to join forces to and move forward together… striving to reach the goals set by the company… believing in and trusting its leaders…

In this world, I get to meet and collaborate with people from all parts of the world…. with many different backgrounds… sharing ideas and aspirations… discussing interests and passions in life… reflecting about the company and the future… as well as supporting each other when the need is there…
In this world, ignorance is replaced with awareness and knowledge… prejudice is replaced with curiosity and tolerance… conflicts are replaced by constructive dialogue, discussing with the ability to also agree that having different opinions about something can be a great opportunity…
In this world, going to work is both fun and rewarding… it is a lot easier to get up in the morning… and more motivating to put in an additional effort and go the extra mile… to feel secure about being well taken care of…

What if the outside world could be more like the world of IKEA… what if the outside world had more visionary and inspiring leaders, who also had the ability to act in the interest of the people that they represent… what if the outside world could become better at building bridges between cultures and people and instead of increasing the gaps and distrust between them…

What if the outside world had the same vision as IKEA – To create a better everyday life for the many people… Now wouldn’t that be absolutely fabulous… ; )