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It’s Culture, You Stupid!

Posted on: May 9, 2007

I believe culture will always be the answer. It may not always be the ultimate answer but I believe that culture is always playing a role in every problem within an organization or a society.

Culture is Everything

When Lee Kuan Yew became the Prime Minister of Singapore he knew he did not have a rich land he could explore. In fact what he got was probably the smallest country in the whole world. God obviously did not inherit Singapore with enough natural resources like Indonesia or Malaysia. So Lee Kuan Yew knew that the only way he could make his country a prosperous nation was by exploiting its human resources. He knew that was his only choice. And to make it happen he knew he needed a cultural revolution! Lee Kuan Yew successfully made Singaporeans as a society of people who are proud of their nation and who always thrive to seek perfection. But in doing so he always reminded his people not to forget their religious and eastern values as he once said, “Be modernized but not westernized!” First, his approaches were considered ridiculous by many people but now Lee Kuan Yew is a living God to people of Singapore.

Not only in a country like Singapore that culture was considered as the key to prosperousness, Jack Welch, the famous CEO of 20th Century, knew from the beginning that if he had had to fix General Electrics culture would have been his number one priority. Jack Welch wanted to make not only a big organization but a winning organization. He declared a revolution. He first sold some of GE’s business units, made a big layoff within the organization effecting more than 100,000 employees (a decision he said to be so tough), eliminated layers of management in the company, and made his famous announcement to GE’s business-unit leaders, “Be number one or number two in your market, if not, you’ll be fixed, closed down, or sold!” Then Jack Welch transformed GE into a learning organization, a new culture that was always eager to find new knowledge not only from the organization itself but more importantly Welch encouraged all his employees to seek knowledge from the outside and competitors. This learning culture proved to be so effective and powerful that its legacy can be seen even until today.

So, who says that Culture is nothing? It’s everything, you stupid!

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6 Responses to "It’s Culture, You Stupid!"

Hello,

I was trying tp figure out by myself why Singapore is advanced. I am sure it is about the people and the system. This is what I observed that where everyone is so “kiasu” and they struggled with their study. Besides, they really have commitment to build their nation. Of course Lee Kuan Yew has a strong influence in this case that he burned the Singaporean’s spirit. Then, the system of everything here is so superb and I seldom meet that in Indonesia. I don’t know how they tried hard to get the best transportation system, education system, town arrangement and so on.

Ok, I am off.

Saya td sempat mampir ke “sayabukanmonyet” tulisannya sama yaaa😀

Apa sama jg orgnya???

Salam kenal…

Hallo Septian dan Iko.

Iko: Ya, orangnya memang sama. Tapi blog yang ini dikelola oleh dua orang, satu lagi Udiot. Salam kenal juga.

Menarik sekali. Saya perhatikan ada kultur kita yang mungkin juga salah satu sebab kemandegan : berani dan pintar bicara, tapi perbuatan?
Di senayan banyak sekali contohnya.

siapa yg bilang budaya itu bukan apa-apa? emang stupid, gebukin aja yoo:mrgreen:

bentar-bentar, kalo gak salah seperti ini:

ide di kepala —> keluar melalui mulut jadi kata-kata —> keluar di tindakan jadi sikap —> dilakukan terus menerus jadi habit —> jadi karakter —> jadi budaya —> jadi takdir.

budaya gak harus identik ma suatu daerah atau negara, di dalam diri kita juga terdapat budaya dalam skala kecil (sifat, hobi, minat, bakat karakter, cara berpikir, cara bertindak, cara menyeleseikan masalah, dll) kemudian melebar sedikit ke keluarga (nuclear culture) yang menentukan –pada akhirnya– takdir kita dan keluarga kemudian bangsa kita.

bener tuh, culture is something….that extremely important. harus didukung ma sistem yang jelas dan terarah dan oleh penegakan sistem yang menjamin sistem tsb berjalan dengan semestinya.

lagi-lagi ini nih….dimulai dari sendiri dulu, yuk sama-sama bentuk budaya yang baik dan bener dalam diri kita….i would like to call it as “settled personality” salam🙂

Yup seperti yang sastrawan serba bisa Indonesia, Pak Putu Wijaya bilang dalam satu seminar bahwa bangsa ini mengalami krisis karena krisis budaya. Budaya bukan seni, budaya lebih dari itu, budaya adalah karakter.

Nah..Seniman yang udah melegenda aja bilang gitu, terus artis-artis masih bau kencur pas ketemu sama Ketua MK bilang dengan adanya UU Perfilman, kita jadi ga bisa berkembang karena seni dikebiri. Seni bukan Budaya Mba…Cari duit kan ga harus “buka-buka’an” bukan???

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