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If you’re in business, you’ve undoubtedly come upon an article recently that talks about the importance of culture. If you’re small, you might think it doesn’t apply to you. If you’re big, you might think you already “do” culture. No matter what your size, you might agree that culture is a nice concept, but today you have to worry about sales.

So, let’s table culture for a moment and address your immediate concern, sales. You might have a weekly motivation meeting, or maybe the sales team attended a webcast, or even an off-site team-building event. …


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The advent of the culture deck in the early 2000s revealed that culture was being taken very seriously, finally getting the attention it deserved. Companies were beginning to see that culture was a key competitive and strategic advantage. Products and features can be copied, but like fingerprints or snowflakes, cultures are unique. Today companies from real estate to hospitals have culture codes .

HubSpot CEO Dharmesh Shah calls culture “a company’s operating system”. NETFLIX CEO Reed Hoffman says simply that culture is “how a firm operates”. Both agree that it’s a crucial core asset.

Culture is a companies beliefs and values, articulated and lived. It’s a statement of what a company will always do, and never do. It informs how a company functions and how a workplace feels. It never wears off or goes away. It’s there every day, and it has a huge impact on everything that matters to every business. …


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You know those dog videos everywhere you look? I saw one of a shelter dog being given a brief walk, then returned to his kennel. It really stuck with me. I looked up the rescue and learned that they had a sleepover program. Like kids do, but with dogs. My husband and I decided to give this needy pup a weekend vacation.

This wasn’t how we planned it though.

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Our beloved black lab died suddenly just before the sleepover and three days after his 11th birthday. We were devastated, heartbroken, having trouble believing that the happy dog I just took to the park, the one who was sitting on the couch at 7 p.m. …

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Jann Sabin

I think. I write. I worry. jannsabin@gmail.com

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