October Culturati Magazine

Amy Nelson, founder & CEO of The Riveter, is the most recently announced keynoter for the 2020 Culturati Summit — she joins Arlan Hamilton (Backstage Capital) and Stuart Crabb (recently of Facebook) as announced keynote speakers. Amy & Arlan will appear together to discuss how they prepare to lead, their stance on strong personal values and the art of reframing leadership. Stay tuned for the next keynote announcement later this month.

Culturati dinner in Houston in September

Culturati dinners — eight so far during 2019: San Francisco, Columbus, Traverse City, Houston, and four in Austin. Many thanks to Rajkumari Neogy for hosting us in San Francisco, Doug Ulman for Columbus, Hagerty Insurance in Traverse City, and Brian Reid, Laura Beckamann and AmRisc, LLC for hosting our Houston dinner. Same to Lynn & Tom Meredith, Amy & Joshau Baer, Emmett & Catherine Beliveau & C3, and Autumn Rich, Lisa Hickey & Panacea for hosting the recent Austin dinners. Steven & I hosted a dinner last week as well.

Culturati member Doug Ulman introduced us to Lisa Ingram, fourth generation CEO of White Castle, yes that White Castle, the burgers, the stores, the frozen food lines — totaling an estimate $750 million in annual revenues. Excited Lisa will be joining us at the 2020 Culturati Summit and referring this interview. We have quite a contingent coming from Columbus thanks to Doug.

Culturati’s godfather (the idea for Culturati came up at a lunch between me, Brett & Jan Lindelow), Brett Hurt has a new book coming out. One of the chapters is “You Aren’t Born Knowing How to Be a CEO.” He’s given us permission to link here.

Have you read about “passive” ways of measuring culture? It’s mostly analyzing employees’ “digital footprints” — email, text, calendar, location data, slack, etc. By analyzing communications between team members, researchers are said to be able to discern a great deal about an organization’s culture and advise managers.

Culturati Scholar in Residence, University of Texas Professor Ethan Burris also recommended the UC Berkeley Haas School of Business article, Language as a Window into Culture. I second the recommendation. Particularly of interest — insights into subcultures and how it offers a new lens.

The journey to thriving workplaces is just beginning. In spite of some positive changes in corporate culture, we have uncovered a new wave of challenges: a growing frustration with conventional workplace practices, an alarming increase in burnout, and a rejection of traditional leadership practices and philosophies. Organizations need to break out of the employee lifecycle mentality to focus on the everyday micro-experiences that, for employees, define life at work. — OC Tanner Global Culture Report

OC Tanner has released their annual Global Culture Report. Their EVP David Sturt and I were recently together in Colorado for the Workplace Wisdom Conference. Dave gave us a sneak peak of the report. Their findings suggest rather than following an employee lifecycle model for building culture and performance, we should build micro-experiences instead — experiences that “connect employees to the cultural norms, values, and behaviors that add up to a thriving workplace culture.”

Finally, Culturati member NACD (National Association of Corporate Directors) is holding its Emerging Corporate Boards Forum in Austin on October 21, 2019. Steven Tomlinson is giving a luncheon keynote on Storytelling as a Strategic Asset.

Only 104 days until the next Culturati Summit — hope you are registered. If not and interested, email us at info@CulturatiSummit.com.


Eugene Sepulveda is the co-founder of Culturati® as well as the CEO of the Entrepreneurs Foundation, a director & partner in Capital Factory, and the Treasurer & a Sr. Advisor to Austin Mayor Steve Adler. Eugene’s long played at the intersection of business, politics and community in Austin and nationally. He can be reached at Eugene@ABPorter.org



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