230+ resources you need to learn the ins and outs of company culture.
Haley S. Anderson
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Culture is the tacit social order of an organization: It shapes attitudes and behaviors in wide-ranging and durable ways. Cultural norms define what is encouraged, discouraged, accepted, or rejected within a group. When properly aligned with personal values, drives, and needs, culture can unleash tremendous amounts of energy toward a shared purpose and foster an organization’s capacity to thrive. Boris Groysberg, Jeremiah Lee, Jesse Price, and J. Yo-Jud Cheng (The Culture Factor)
To create this resource list, we put in more than 40 hours of research and worked with Tom Eisenmann from Harvard Business School, Nadia Eghbal from Protocol Labs, and Dasha Maggio from Felicis Ventures to pull together and vet great resources. We believe this is the most comprehensive and authoritative list (over 230 resources!) to help you master the ins and outs of company culture.
The concept of “company culture” often seems to be something between a buzzword, an enigma, and a feeling. Company culture is an expression of shared values, a reflection of leadership, the way colleagues relate to and treat one another, a sense of safety and belonging, a question of how a company reacts to the challenges it faces, and more. It can be a source of profitability and a reason excellent employees stay, or it can lead to wrongdoing, disaffection, and even criminal conduct.
There’s a lot of good advice out there on how to give feedback effectively. We consider this a net positive. That said, readers may find it more daunting to read each and every one of these resources, and we suggest that you take a look through, focusing now on any that apply to particular situations in which you find yourself and returning to this list as you face new challenges or seek to grow.
Tech Leavers Study — Kapor Center for Social Impact — Finds that “unfair treatment is the single largest driver of turnover affecting all groups, and most acutely affects underrepresented professionals.” Recommends that “diversity and inclusion initiatives can improve culture and reduce turnover—if they are done right.”
Delivering through diversity — Vivian Hunt, Lareina Yee, Sara Prince, and Sundiatu Dixon-Fyle (McKinsey & Company) — demonstrating that gender and ethnic diversity are clearly correlated with profitability
audiologinWorkplace Culture Conflicts — Dan McGinn, Alison Beard, and Alicia Tillman — Note this episode from the “Dear HBR” podcast is freely available from various podcast streaming sources. It was published on August 8, 2019.
controversy These are some popular posts that are controversial. Many disagree with asking colleagues or employees to work for equity only, at all hours, or in non-diverse cultures—but these articles have sparked much debate.