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Inspired Culture by Stage of
The Employee Lifecycle
- InfusionSoft – Excellent Culture page with a powerful video around their values in action. Love the descriptors of their values.
- Cisco Systems – 2 women employees in Europe led the “People Deal Manifesto” project and the entire org adopted it. The video is cool (scroll down) because it’s their manifesto line by line, delivered by a diverse global workforce.
- Chicago start-up Snapsheet. – Dig their Core Values simplicity, clarity, + layout
- Hilarious, Viral-Quality Recruitment Videos are the Next frontier in Talent Acquisition.
“I’ve seen and been through a lot of cultural definition exercises over the years, and working with KC is definitely the one which has been the most productive and lasting. Our Mission & Values are on-point, and I predict they will continue to be so for a long time.
We really got them right.” – Will Treves, GM IAC Applications (NYSE: IAC)
- I always recommend starting with a simple (but authentic) communication policy. This one little tactic helped our company win many Best Place to Work awards. This template provides a starting point.
(Communication Policy -KC.org) (PDF)
- Ask Applications (NYSE: IAC) recently had me overhaul and launch all new Mission + Values. You can view these in the deck above, or below.
- Typeform uses their own tool to kick off + simplify the on-boarding process. TRY IT. Love how user-friendly it is. I created launch checklists for Centro sellers, and eventually expanded for all Centro on-boarding.
- Valve Software. Holy KICKASS Employee Handbook. Design, humor, and crazy transparent what to expect. Inspiring!
- I’m currently running a 12-month MGR DEV program for a client in Ohio. We created a custom curriculum that aligns to their new mission + values, and drives core leadership traits (behaviors). Content focus is on Managers as Coach, Feedback, driving change and change mgmt.
- 50% of my client base are 1:1 exec coaching clients.
- The Mindful Culture™ program solidifies a daily meditation practice within 30 days.
- Alongside organizations I run 30-Day No Booze and 30-Day Meditation challenges.
- LinkedIn article: Happy Companies Aren’t Enough (We need more meaning)
- Although this overlaps in the other buckets, in my research + experience, retention is a function of strong manager training. “People don’t quit bad jobs, they quit bad managers”
- If you’re doing the first 3 well (attract, onboard, develop), retention should be strong.
KC’s Notes: I’m very careful in recommending reading for my busy clients. It’s too easy for consultants to say “read this” without offering proper context. Who has time to read a whole book when something needs fixed yesterday? Time is too valuable, and it’s not a renewable resource. Below are a handful of books I’ve found to not only be incredibly accessible, but also practical and #ACTIONABLE in creating the desired culture, team interdependence, or leadership qualities we’re looking for. A couple are regarded as modern classics. Others will be considered so in the coming decades.
- Watch this 3 min video: What can go wrong when our recruitment strategy is “hire more people like us”. It’s possible to over-engineer a culture and have negative results. This is a great example.
Primed to Perform: How to Build the Highest Performing
Cultures Through the Science of Total Motivation (2015) – Amazon
- Raising The Bar: Integrity + Passion in Life & Business. The Story of Clif Bar Inc. (2008) by Gary Erickson – Amazon
The Coaching Habit: Say Less, Ask More & Change the Way You Lead Forever (2016) – Amazon
- The 5 Dysfunctions of a Team: A Leadership Fable by Patrick Lencioni (2002) – Amazon
- The 15 Commitments of Conscious Leadership: A New Paradigm for Sustainable Success (2015) by Jim Dethmer + Diane Chapman – Amazon.