A manufacturing executive on the industry-agnostic steps to forming strong culture

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These principles will guide you no matter your company’s size or geographic location. Culture is the single most important ingredient in any company’s success. I live and lead by this motto. But ask me what culture is and I will fumble. I can’t categorically define it. I can’t add this precious asset to my balance sheet or easily measure it. But I realize, if I want to succeed, I have to get culture right. Read Full Story

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We need brands to behave like activists

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Protests have once again sought to address racial discrimination and criminalization of black citizens. Companies can’t be content to offer reassurance or feel-good messages, writes a leading cultural strategist. This morning, I woke up angry. And sad. And embarrassed. Read Full Story

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Six ways to drink delicious coffee every morning—even if you can’t leave your house

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You might not be going to the corner coffee shop, but you don’t have to settle for bad coffee. There are many things I miss about my pre-coronavirus life, but a big one is the simple joy of strolling to my neighborhood coffee shop every morning for a perfect cup of coffee. I love the ambiance, saying hi to my favorite barista, and hearing the roar of the machines and the buzz of customers chatting. But given that the pandemic is still raging across the country, it could be some time before coffee shop culture comes back. Read Full Story

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How companies can support neurodiverse employees who choose to ‘come out’

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A female executive details the different experiences she had coming out as a queer woman and coming out as autistic and explains how companies can create safe, non-stigmatizing cultures. I was diagnosed with autism at the age of 41. Like many other women on the spectrum, I’d become an expert at masking my differences—even from myself—and mimicking others to fit in. It wasn’t until I got a high score on an informal autistic masking quiz that I realized just how differently I experienced the world compared to those around me. Read Full Story

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Kind Snacks founder opens up about company culture in the age of COVID-19 and beyond

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A pioneering entrepreneur is focused on creating a ‘durable social fabric’ as the workplace evolves post-pandemic. Our team has been working from home for over two months, and I’ve been stunned to observe how well the model is working. I’d like to attribute its success to Kind’s uniquely entrepreneurial culture, and I do believe this is playing a role in sustaining high levels of productivity, teamwork, and ingenuity. And other company leaders assure me we are not alone. They tell me that, generally speaking, their teams are working hard and nothing has fallen apart. Many of us are questioning whether an office culture is necessary. Read Full Story

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