The image is an article banner image graphic from "The Nova Collective." The main text prominently asks, "What does Cultural Success Look like?" It features a group of diverse individuals engaging in a discussion around a table, suggesting collaboration and teamwork in a casual office setting. The background shows a modern, well-lit office space with plants and natural light, indicating a welcoming and productive environment. Additionally, there is a graphic of an upward arrow and bar chart, symbolizing growth and success. The Nova Collective's logo is present, along with "MBE" (Minority Business Enterprise) and "WBE" (Women Business Enterprise) designations, highlighting the organization's diversity credentials.

What Does Cultural Success Look Like?

A healthy organizational culture shows up in business results and radiates throughout the workforce community. While the stage of cultural success in the workplace looks different for each organization, there are key areas that reflect progress at any stage of cultural growth.

Key Areas of Cultural Success:


1. Representation at All Levels

A fundamental indicator of cultural success is representation. This means having a diverse workforce at every level of the organization, from entry-level positions to executive leadership. A successful cultural strategy ensures that the broader community is reflected within the organization, particularly in decision-making roles.

2. Sense of Belonging

Cultural success is also about fostering an inclusive environment where all employees feel a sense of belonging. This can look like purposeful relationship building, establishing real and meaningful trust, clarifying shared values, and embracing productive conflict.

3. Opportunities for Growth

There should be opportunities for professional growth across an organization. This includes access to professional development, mentorship programs, and leadership opportunities across all lines of differences within the organization.

4. Ongoing Learning

Organizational culture is not static. It’s constantly evolving, and so should the cultural goals and initiatives of an organization. Ongoing training helps bridge the gap between goals and outcomes, creating a culture of learning and a constant space for dialogue against the backdrop of an ever-shifting societal landscape.

5. Regular Review of Metrics

To understand the impact of an organization’s culture initiatives, it’s essential to track their progress and key performance indicators (KPIs). Employee sentiment and longitudinal behavioral data should be both qualitative and quantitative to provide a full scope of an organization and its workforce. These metrics may include increased representation in hiring, higher rates of employee satisfaction, or a more inclusive company culture. Regular review of these metrics assess the effectiveness of your cultural initiatives and how to increase their impact.

6. Strong Lines of Communication

Valuable change begins when everyone knows they are being genuinely heard. Communication is not a one-way, or even a two-way street — it is a roundabout. Successful communications strategies and implementation creates a foundation for open, transparent communication for all employees throughout an organization.

7. Accountability and Action

Putting words into action means holding employees and the organization accountable for goals. This includes encouraging employees to report instances of bias or discrimination and to provide feedback on the training programs. When reports are made and/or feedback has been collected, it's imperative to step into action and make the changes needed to do better.

8. Engaging in Continuous growth

Successful workplace cultures focus on continuous growth towards an organization’s goals. This growth most likely wont look like a seamless upward line on a chart. There will be ups and downs, and mistakes will happen. It’s not about perfection, it’s about learning and doing better.


Cultural success is dynamic and ongoing. It encompasses representation within the workforce, an inclusive environment where employees feel an authentic sense of belonging, opportunities for growth, accountability, continuous learning, and ongoing assessments. Doing the work to build a healthy and effective workplace community isn’t an easy checklist, but its impact is profound; for an organization and every person within it.

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