Organizational Culture Checklist covers questions for:

Owners 
Staff 
Customers / Community 
Competitors 
Operations   

Owners

  1. Is the current owner the founder of the business? 
  2. If yes, when was the business founded? 
  3. If no, how long has the current owner had the business? 
  4. What role does the current owner play in the business? (hands-on day-to-day involvement, focus on strategic plans rather than tactical operations, financial involvement only)
  5. Is the company owned by more than one person? 
  6. If yes, who are the partners and what is their ownership percentage?
  7. If there’s more than one owner, what are the roles and responsibilities of each owner? 
  8. How has the founder/owner/partner shaped the culture of the business? 
  9. What was the vision for the business? 
  10. What were the core values for the business?
  11. What personality elements of the owner are currently reflected in the way the business is being run? 
  12. What style does the owner use to manage the business? (command and control, shared authority and decision-making, delegates heavily)
  13. What communication style has the owner used to communicate with the staff? (closed and secretive, information shared on a need-to-know basis, open and collaborative)
  14. Why is the owner selling the business? (lack of capital, loss of interest, no succession plan, illness, other?)
  15. What are the defining characteristics of this business? (What’s distinctive? What differentiates it from other businesses and from the competition? Are these defining characteristics linked to the founder/owner/partners?) ...


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Organizational Culture Checklist

Owners

Staff

Customers/Community

Competitors

Operations