Organizational DNA is a property of the culture, and is the historical basis of why we behave this way – the genetic code at the root of these behaviors. Like the DNA of birds and snakes, it influences whether our organization will fly or crawl. Although we can change our behaviors radically, our DNA establishes some boundaries. A dog that’s been abused might bark aggressively or bite humans, but it won’t start eating worms, tweeting, or building a nest out of twigs!
DNA isn’t just for humans. Organizations share a cultural genetic code that makes them unique and binds their people together.
Your organization’s DNA and culture define its identity. They are the foundation of who you are and what you stand for.
An organization’s DNA is inherited, but it isn’t static. Just as in nature, beneficial mutations help you change and evolve.
Your history doesn’t limit what you can become. DNA and organizations inevitably change over time. Change for the better!