By Diane K. Adams (auth.)

Culture is a online game changer. In It Takes greater than informal Fridays and unfastened espresso , Adams contains tales and sensible recommendation in addition to similar workouts and tests that will help you determine corporation and private strengths and weaknesses. This booklet is your front-row seat to construction and perpetuating a winning tradition in any business.

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Too many companies and their leaders still ignore or lose track of the value of culture in favor of what those Harvard researchers, mentioned above, refer to as the traditional model of corporate profits. Are You Living a Double Life? ● 35 Sagging Values Internet pioneer Yahoo! (Nasdaq: YHOO), for example, used to be in the news for blazing new trails in terms of revolutionizing the Internet with its innovations as well as its quirky and flexible culture. That culture included a casual atmosphere charged with enthusiasm, creativity, and innovation.

I had no idea at the time that CarMax repeatedly ranks on the CNN Money/Fortune Top 100 Best Places to Work list, or that CarMax actually rewards its employees with financial incentives to really live the company’s culture as a way of life. Culture: Why You Should Care ● 23 Without hesitation, the sales associate gushed about her company and its fabulous culture. As a single mom with a challenged daughter, she said she could not have thrived here without her CarMax “family” that’s grounded in teamwork and inclusion.

On that particular day, the company also launched a competition, with the winner as the team or division that first achieved its goals during the year. ) along with some small monetary reward (in some instances, a gift certificate to a local restaurant). These successful approaches to alignment, direction, and control (along with positive reinforcement) can serve as a framework that most any company can implement on a smaller scale. The bottom line is that you and your company have a choice to be intentional and committed to developing a deep values-based culture that creates an inherent way of life and action, or not.

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