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Early stage

6 Powerful Tools To Drive Your Company Culture Forward

Potent company culture is built on the foundation of shared values. Whether they are explicitly defined or not, shared values are the DNA of every company. At a fundamental level, they drive the behavior of the individuals that make up your team. Surfacing and defining your values is the first step to effectively leading your business and developing a strong and healthy company culture.

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Growth stage

It's Always Reassuring To Know How To Knee A Man In The Groin

Dame Stephanie “Steve” Shirley CH DBE FREng FBCS is an entrepreneur turned ardent philanthropist. An IT tech pioneer, she started her first company Freelance Programmers in 1962 with a capital of just £6 and built it into a software development powerhouse.

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Growth stage

How To Build A Culture Of Trust In A Large Remote Team

In interview Tamara Littleton the founder & CEO of The Social Element (formerly Emoderation) is an award-winning social media management agency with a global reach, remote team and fascinating culture.

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Growth stage

How Lazy Is Your Recruitment Process?

As a Forbes contributor I write about the difference between hiring for values fit vs culture fit

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Cool content

Get $3 Billion Big By Staying Small (Part III)

Lessons from WL Gore & Associates, the original “Culture-Driven” Company (Part lll)

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Get $3 Billion Big By Staying Small (Part II)

Lessons from WL Gore & Associates, the original “Culture-Driven” Company (Part ll)

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A collection of more than 200 books on company culture and their covers

Paying it forward - the web's largest collection of books on company culture and their front covers

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Cool content

The Do’s and Don’ts of writing effective Vision and Mission Statements

How to write your company mission and vision statement — and why it matters

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Growth stage

Giving Remote Control: how to build and scale a remote start-up

From idea to 60,000 beta signups in just six months From beta to €1million annual recurring revenue (ARR) in another six ARR of €10million in less than three years

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Early stage

Why would you let your employees choose their own salaries?

Companies like Semco, Buffer, Squaremouth, SumAll and WholeFoods have shown that making previously confidential information like salaries available to employees can counterintuitively drive up engagement and positively impact a company’s culture.

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Cool content

What lumbering giants like GE & Microsoft do to adapt and change their corporate cultures

How do you drive a culture with hundreds of thousands of employees

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Scale

Get Big ($3 Billion Big) By Staying Small (Part I)

Lessons from WL Gore & Associates, the original "Culture First" Company

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Cool content

Two sweet spots for when startups should implement company culture

You can start to define your company culture at any time in the company's life cycle.

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Growth stage

Practice what you preach: How Learnerbly develops their feedback culture

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Cool content

The very best company culture decks on the web

Explore how companies like Netflix, Facebook, Etsy, Spotify and Buffer use their culture decks as a tool to describe their unique culture and embed their values, mission, vision and purpose into their organisations

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Early stage

The 13 steps to building a cult-like company culture

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Growth stage

The Usain Bolt of Organisations: Behind the Scenes at Next Jump, a Deliberately Developmental Organisation (Part I)

In 2016, a team of Harvard professors published An Everyone Culture citing Next Jump as 1 of 3 companies globally that represent the future of work – what they call: Deliberately Developmental Organizations (or DDOs for short).

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Scale

How transparency helped time:matters build a culture that never really felt like work

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Growth stage

"If you do the same things everyone else is doing, you’re hiring average candidates."

How creating a unique hiring process ensures you hire the best people

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Events

Techsylvania 2017 - Great people, great content, great city and a really great time. What more could you want from a tech event?

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Early stage

Don’t fuck up the culture... wasn’t what we were expecting to hear from someone who just gave us $150M!

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Events

Company Culture Workshop

AirBnB vs Uber - which company culture are you forming? Ensure your company culture is an asset and not a liability

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Growth stage

I want to join a company that….

If I was looking for a job right now what would I want to see from the ideal company?

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Early stage

From Subconscious to Conscious Startup Values

Mohamed AlTantawy's Medium post on how the Agolo team implemented the CultureGene workshop tools and defined their company's values.

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Growth stage

“Take 3 weeks’ vacation or you're fired!”

Mark Organ sold Eloqua, his first company for £871m. Here he talks about the culture mistakes he made at Eloqua and how he is rectifying them at Influitive.

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Growth stage

Happy living for everyone… except the British!

How Maarten Roerink built Guidion from 25 to 1500 people in 9 years

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Law

A very different type of law firm

"We try to create an environment where we respect everyone as individuals and try to treat everyone based on their needs."

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Early stage

How biophilic is your office?

What is the impact of biophilic design, what options are there to include biophilic design in your office and why is it so important to do so?

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Announcements

“Culture Eats Strategy for Breakfast” breakfast event review

Review of the "Culture Eats Strategy for Breakfast" breakfast event co-hosted with Silicon Valley Bank

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Early stage

The value you get from kissing frogs

"If you are joining the company in your 20s, unlike when I joined, you're going to learn to code. It doesn't matter whether you are in sales, finance or operations. You may not end up being a programmer, but you will know how to code." Jeff Immelt, GE CEO

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PR & Comms

How to avoid hiring sociopaths and why the customer is not always right

Hiring senior executives is quite a challenge in our industry as they, more often than not, have already learnt the bad habits and working practices that we avoid at Ballou PR.

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Scale

The "culture advantage" and how to build a rock star team with no budget

Unlock the “culture advantage” by tapping into your team’s discretionary mental capacity and time.

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Announcements

"Culture Eats Strategy for Breakfast" breakfast event

A fireside chat, panel discussion and presentation on company culture co-hosted with Silicon Valley Bank

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Scale

How does a start-up company become a perpetual learning machine?

The 6 parts required to build your company into a perpetual learning machine

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Growth stage

Winnow takes a bite out of Apple’s playbook.

How "Purpose" helps to develop a tangible advantage when it comes to employee happiness and commitment, hiring, fund raising, working with customers and developing business partnerships

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Scale

On the culture of anti-culture: No wankers and no bastards!

According to John Thompson the CEO there was a definitive moment in the company where he could tell that dysfunction had started to build up and they needed to invoke a change.

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Scale

HIRING SLOW, FIRING FAST - how to get the most from your company’s probation period

I have never come across any company that applies the rigor and discipline to solving the probation period problem the way AudioBooks does.

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Early stage

Preparing for the TechStars pressure cooker by investing in culture.

9/10 startups do not have a clearly defined culture, yet AssetVault decided to work on their culture almost from day one.

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Early stage

What, according to Sheryl Sandberg, is “probably the most important document ever to come out of the valley” and why?

How Hubble used a values based hiring methodology to scale their team from 8 to 18 in three months.

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Growth stage

“Culture is so important, it can make or break your business”

Your team are listening and watching carefully to see if what you say, do, and how you behave, match the values that your company espouses.

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Early stage

When entering the building, what percentage of themselves do your employees have to leave outside?

It is not possible for a person, whose values are not aligned with the company's, to deliver ultra high performance.

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Growth stage

The importance of Purpose and why your start-up needs one.

Companies who clearly articulate their purpose enjoy higher growth rates and higher levels of success.

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Early stage

The challenges of embedding your company culture in a global multi-office start-up

Misha Gopaul led a merger to create Fabric Technologies and discusses what he learnt from that process and how he applies those learnings in his current business FATMAP.

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Early stage

‘It was quite therapeutic getting a better understanding of what we are as a company’

Paul Archer set a world record by driving around the world in a black cab. In this interview he explain how he defined his company values after a workshop I help in London.

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Early stage

What if your people are not your greatest asset?

How the "odd" concept of borrowing someone else's dog has grown into a significant business with hundreds of thousands of very happy customers!

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Early stage

Hiring vs Marriage - Would you marry someone after spending just 8 hours with them?

Rob O'Donovan discusses what the company does to embed the culture at CharlieHR.

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Growth stage

Maslow Revisited – The Startup Hierarchy of Needs

How Maslow's hierarchy of needs can be applied to startups and how Skimlinks delivers self-actualisation for its people.

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