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Culture is an Output, Not an Input

Company culture is not mandate; it’s the result of many elements. Forbes Councils members Harry Glaser, Kimberly Lewis, and John Hittler discuss why culture matters is an output of many individual factors.

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Key Takeaways

  • Company culture is a complex topic; considerations include style of communication, diversity, shared activities, attitudes, and behavior.
  • The greatest contribution a CEO can make to the success of a company is to ensure that the best people are hired, and are operating in the best environment.
  • Making an effort to find out what employees need, want, and feel they don’t get enough of, and then working to address those deficiencies, can make a big difference in retention.
  • Cultivating core values in a company is not always a matter of “teaching” them. Values like trust must emerge as a result of efforts to make people feel safe (for example, praising in public and criticizing in private).

Tweetable Insights

“The way to have the biggest impact as CEO is to put the best team on the field [and] ensure they’re all working together the right way. And culture is probably the biggest part of that.” Inside @ForbesCouncils with @HarryGlaser of @PeriscopeData – Listen at forbescouncils.com/podcast/culture-is-an-output-not-an-input/

“Instead of guessing what your people think, ask them what they think.” Inside @ForbesCouncils with @KimberlyLewis5 of @Goodwilletx – Listen at forbescouncils.com/podcast/culture-is-an-output-not-an-input/

“Trust occurs as a result or as an outcome of doing other things well. You can’t teach trust or declare it upfront.” Inside @ForbesCouncils with John Hittler of @EvokingGenius – Listen at forbescouncils.com/podcast/culture-is-an-output-not-an-input/

Featured Members

Harry Glaser is a co-founder and CEO of Periscope Data, an end-to-end analytics platform enabling powerful data team collaboration, with more than 1,000 customers globally. Prior to founding Periscope Data in 2012, Glaser was previously a product manager at Google.

Kimberly Lewis is the president and CEO of Goodwill Industries of East Texas and has more than 17 years of executive level non-profit and business experience.

John Hittler is the co-founder of Evoking Genius, a transformational business-coaching firm based in San Jose, California.

Culture is an Output, Not an Input

Company culture is not mandate; it’s the result of many elements. Forbes Councils members Harry Glaser, Kimberly Lewis, and John Hittler discuss why culture matters is an output of many individual factors.

SUBSCRIBE

Key Takeaways

  • Company culture is a complex topic; considerations include style of communication, diversity, shared activities, attitudes, and behavior.
  • The greatest contribution a CEO can make to the success of a company is to ensure that the best people are hired, and are operating in the best environment.
  • Making an effort to find out what employees need, want, and feel they don’t get enough of, and then working to address those deficiencies, can make a big difference in retention.
  • Cultivating core values in a company is not always a matter of “teaching” them. Values like trust must emerge as a result of efforts to make people feel safe (for example, praising in public and criticizing in private).

Tweetable Insights

“The way to have the biggest impact as CEO is to put the best team on the field [and] ensure they’re all working together the right way. And culture is probably the biggest part of that.” Inside @ForbesCouncils with @HarryGlaser of @PeriscopeData – Listen at forbescouncils.com/podcast/culture-is-an-output-not-an-input/

“Instead of guessing what your people think, ask them what they think.” Inside @ForbesCouncils with @KimberlyLewis5 of @Goodwilletx – Listen at forbescouncils.com/podcast/culture-is-an-output-not-an-input/

“Trust occurs as a result or as an outcome of doing other things well. You can’t teach trust or declare it upfront.” Inside @ForbesCouncils with John Hittler of @EvokingGenius – Listen at forbescouncils.com/podcast/culture-is-an-output-not-an-input/

Featured Members

Harry Glaser is a co-founder and CEO of Periscope Data, an end-to-end analytics platform enabling powerful data team collaboration, with more than 1,000 customers globally. Prior to founding Periscope Data in 2012, Glaser was previously a product manager at Google.

Kimberly Lewis is the president and CEO of Goodwill Industries of East Texas and has more than 17 years of executive level non-profit and business experience.

John Hittler is the co-founder of Evoking Genius, a transformational business-coaching firm based in San Jose, California.

Join Forbes Councils

Our featured guests are members of Forbes Councils. If you are a successful entrepreneur, executive, or business leader, you may qualify.

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