Why Company Culture Is Crucial

Dharmesh Shah, co-founder and CTO at the marketing and sales software firm HubSpot, distills the company’s 128-slide presentation on company culture down to its essence, describing it as a business’s “operating system” that lets people do their best work. Shah says entrepreneurs must create a company culture they love, because one will eventually emerge no matter what.

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Holding “Auditions” To Build a Strong Team

An approach to hiring that genuinely identifies real skill and fit will give you the best shot at assembling the right team. A candidate assessment that mimics the actual work the candidate must do to succeed will give you the best hiring ROI. Maybe it’s a trial; maybe it’s a presentation; maybe it’s a short-term assignment that can be done in an afternoon.

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Written by Matt Mullenweg, published on HBR

Leadership In Transition

To create high-performing and adaptive organizations, leaders need to actively shape an open culture that fosters collaboration and builds trust. This comes with  a change in the role of the leader, yet it’s more important than ever.

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John Doerr On Why People And Culture Cannot Take A Back Seat To Business Execution

John Doerr, chair of the venture capital firm KPCB, has been a board member of Google (now Alphabet) and mentor to Google’s founders since the company’s beginning. Doerr sat down with Prasad Setty, Google’s VP of People Analytics & Compensation, to discuss the importance of People Operations and why companies should try to get clear on what the company’s culture is, because, Doerr says, “culture will allow your team, your people, yourself to make the right decisions more often and faster.”

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The Art and Science of Leadership at Scale: 3 Lessons from Sheryl Sandberg

Companies need different kinds of leadership at different stages. In an organization that’s changing fast there’s a very specific kind of leadership needed. Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg knows as much about this kind of leadership as anyone possibly can. She’s one of those gifted leaders who’s made daring decisions at every level of scale.

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Written by Reid Hoffman, published on LinkedIn

How To Build A Great Company Culture

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Why HR Must Take Risks, Not Manage Them

The best People and Culture / HR teams understand that people are not a fungible resource that needs to be attached to the real work – they are the real work. They understand that there are huge opportunities today to build competitive advantages in people. And they understand that to do so, the aim is not to minimize volatility and failures, but to maximize the opportunity for outsized gains.

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Written by Didier Elizinga, published on Culture Amp blog

Programming Your Culture By Ben Horowitz

Culture does not make a company. The primary thing that any technology startup must do is build a great product. The second thing that any technology startup must do is to take the market. If you fail to do both of those things, your culture won’t matter one bit. On the flip side, designing a proper company culture matters to the extent that it helps you achieve the above goals. As companies grow, culture can help you preserve your key values, make the company a better place to work and help it perform better in the future.

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Written by Ben Horowitz

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Reinventing Management

Building organizations that are more adaptable, innovative and engaging requires deep innovation of the technology of human accomplishment. Gary Hamel presents the case for reinventing management.

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The Woman Who Built Netflix’s Culture Did It With These 5 Things In Mind

Netflix and Patty McCord are famous for what Sheryl Sandberg called “the most important document ever to come out of the Valley”. It’s is a 124-page presentation about company culture that’s been shared almost 16 million times on Slideshare, called the “Netflix Culture: Freedom & Responsibility”.  The document is an essential read for everyone interested in building high-performance organizational cultures. Read the slides as well as this article, which outlines the essence and mindsets that build the DNA for Netflix’s way of running their organization.

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Written by Vivian Giang, published on LinkedIn Talent Blog