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A founder recently told me he didn’t have time for culture because he was too busy building an awesome company.
As I said in a post this spring, Culture is the font, the basis, the cause and the reason. It is the Tao.
I said that in response to Culture Trumps Strategy Everytime by Nilofer Merchant, author of The New How (use link above).
Culture doesn’t happen, it stems from your MAP (mindset, attitude, philosophy™) and is propagated through the company as you hire.
At first it’s easy to share your culture because startup founders hire their friends and friends of fiends, which usually means that everyone shares similar values.
But if you don’t think your culture through and then embed it deeply in your company’s soul it won’t stick—to work culture must act like stain not paint.
Perks don’t equal culture; perks are easy, culture takes work,
Your work unless you are comfortable building your company based on someone else’s cultural vision or their interpretation of yours.
Culture is your present and your future; your edge to achieve success and its lack is the first step to failure.
Do you have time for culture?
Option Sanity™ is culture
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Do not attempt to use Option Sanity™ without a strong commitment to business planning, financial controls, honesty, ethics, and “doing the right thing.” Use only as directed.
Users of Option Sanity may experience sudden increases in team cohesion and worker satisfaction. In cases where team productivity, retention and company success is greater than typical, expect media interest and invitations as keynote speaker.
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