The host of Thank God for Monday, Brother Greg Cellini, has an interesting background. He spent almost 30 years in corporate (working for big pharma) before joining the Franciscan Brothers and returning to his roots at Seton Hall University and becoming a broadcaster. This interview was a homecoming of sorts for me too. I spent 8th, 9th, and 10th grades in South Orange, living less than a mile down the road from Seton Hall. I love the name of this show because it reflects what work is meant to be--a welcome and meaningful endeavor even on Mondays. This interview had some great questions (with hopefully equally great answers from me). Lots of great topics covered--from entrepreneurship to diversity to leadership and employee engagement. You will have to scroll through the episode list to find me, but it's worth it!
Here's a Co.- interview for the culture cynics - the question for them, either now or in the future, is: "How's that working out for you?"
Design of Work Experience (DOWE) is for those that are:
1) open to trying different things to get different results
2) care about people & culture
There may be lots of valid reasons and experiences that lead to cynicism about culture, but the best cynics are the ones who are open-minded.
I've been asked by a number of startup CEOs about when they can/should begin to think about culture. My answer has always been that if you have a business strategy in place, then you have enough to begin your culture. You don't need a large staff before you can do culture work. I might even argue that by then it would be late. Here's the thing: culture can either enable your business to be successful, or impede it. Designing, realizing, and managing the culture is as essential as setting up business operations. It is never too early. Founders should take the opportunity whenever they can--after all, do they expect to get less busy?
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