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Why a Belief System is Essential to the Success of Culture in Organizations: An Application to Healthcare

A “belief system” of a person or society can be defined as a collection of beliefs held about what is right or wrong, true or false. Beliefs form a foundation of principles that guide behaviors and cultures in societies and social units, including social units at work.

Culture Alignment, High-Performing Healthcare Organizations, and the Role of the Governing Board, Part Two: Setting a Culture of High Performance and the Responsibility of Governing Boards

(Originally published by The Governance Institute in May 2018.) Hospital and health system performance is, or should be, at the top of the agenda for every healthcare board in the U.S. The optics on performance almost always manifest as a scorecard that is owned by the board. Most, however, fail to account for what may be the most important ingredient in the recipe that produces high performance: culture. In part two of this two-part series, Daniel K. Zismer, Ph.D., and Ben Utecht support the claim that a culture of high performance in organizations can exist and provide a framework for board discussion.

Culture Alignment, High-Performing Healthcare Organizations, and the Role of the Governing Board, Part One: Culture and Culture Alignment—The Foundation of a Board’s Culture Game Plan

(Originally published by The Governance Institute in March 2018.) Culture is a reliable predictor of performance in organizations. Evidence from the field demonstrates that when culture is misaligned across key stakeholders, organizational performance is at risk. In part one of this two-part series, Daniel K. Zismer, Ph.D., and Ben Utecht answer questions about culture and culture alignment, the role the governing board plays in culture alignment, and what culture alignment has to do with achieving high performance in healthcare organizations.