Culturally yours

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Some years ago Steve Jobs said: “Your work is going to be a large part of your life and the only way to be fully satisfied is to do what you consider is great work and the only way to do what is great work is to love what you do. If you have not found it yet keep looking, don’t settle. As with matters of the heart you will know when you find it. And like any great relationship, it just gets better and better as the years roll on and so keep looking until you find it, don’t settle.”

Without a doubt people are the ones who make a great company not the machines or products. A great company builds a team of people committed to the same purpose and passion, which we can also call culture.

To build a great company culture is a lot of work. As we said the last time , if you don’t build by deliberate design , the company will take on by default the personality of your most vocal employee.

Define your values and try not to have them include innovation, team work, striving for excellence, integrity and passion. A change management guru once described the above values as very unimaginative, uninspiring and bland. These words don’t work because people don’t internalize these things. A free tip here. Dig deeper, think differently when crafting your culture.

A company once did a reality show experiment to help define and ingrain their culture. They told their employees that they would be filmed every minute of every work day for a month and there would be no audio just actions. They then told them what values they wanted them to be known for. They then chose three people who best … Read More...