A culture of discipline

All companies have a culture.

But few companies have a culture of discipline.

A culture of discipline is valuable because it eliminates the need for hierarchy, bureaucracy, and excessive control.

The mental energy you have to spend managing people is minimized because of the culture of discipline.

An example mentioned in the book “The Power of Habit” by Charles Duhigg comes to mind of what a culture of discipline looks like. 

In 2010 a study of a manufacturing plant scrutinized assembly line workers who were empowered to make small decisions about their schedules and work environments. The workers had power over Small decisions regarding their work environment and schedule, areas where they were able to practice discipline.

Within two months productivity increase by 20% workers took shorter breaks and made fewer mistakes.

A culture of discipline is:

Autonomy – Has the freedom to make decisions regarding work.

Solution Focused – Encouraging problem-solving instead of simply identifying problems

Positive – Instead of pointing out shortcomings identify strengths.

Choose to foster a culture of discipline.

5 Comments Add yours

  1. Andrew says:

    Hi Elizabeth!

    I came across this same reading and am curious to know if you where I can find the actual case study.

    Let me know your thoughts when you get a chance.

    And thank you in advance!


  2. Hi Andrew,

    Thanks for writing!

    I did some further digging to try and find the case study referenced above and was unsuccessful.

    However, I’ve linked two resources with examples of when a culture of discipline was implemented here:



    If you have a copy of Good to Great by Jim Collins on hand you might be able to pinpoint the exact case study.



    1. Andrew says:

      Good morning Emily:

      Thank you so much for looking further into this. It wasn’t necessary for you to find two more resources on this subject, but I certainly do appreciate it!

      Keep up the fantastic work!


      1. Hi Andrew!

        No problem, happy to help.

        Thanks for reading the blog!



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