Culture Beats Strategy: Rules vs Norms

Leadership is felt. Only management can be measured.

Work as imagined vs work as done

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What’s the point of a door that may never be opened?

Rules vs Norms

In the 1986 John Hughes classic Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, the High School Principal is attempting to communicate to Ferris’s Mother the consequences of breaking attendance rules. Ferris circumvents the rules by hacking the attendance records with his dial-up modem.
Cameron (in the red hockey sweater, from the 1986 classic movie Ferris Bueller’s Day Off), worries more about breaking expectations when he doesn’t know the consequences.
Cameron decides to violate the norms established by his Father, but the movie never shows the audience what happens when the Old Man finds out Cameron “killed the car”.

Norms are more powerful than rules

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Thomas P Seager, PhD

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