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Three Books That Will Inspire Your Company Culture

Posted by Emily Woodward on June 4, 2014

If you work in business, chances are you've heard a lot of talk about culture recently. Company culture, for example the kind of atmosphere and relationships it fosters, has proven to be increasingly important in the overall success of a business. From a recruiting standpoint, it's no question that millennials place a high value on work culture when deciding on a place of employment. In terms of production, studies show that disengaged employees are costly.

Whether you are looking to turn your business around or simply searching for a bit of inspiration, sometimes the best place to start is by listening to the words of someone else. Here we have compiled a list of three books that not only hit the nail on the head when it comes to corporate culture, but serve as an important reminder that who you hire matters.

Delivering Happiness

Author: Tony Hsieh

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No conversation about inspiring company culture would be complete without a reference to Zappos. Often emulated by businesses of all sizes, the e-commerce company stands as an undisputed leader in this field. In Delivering Happiness, the mastermind behind Zappos' success gives readers candid insight into how it came to be. Rather than a how-to business manual, CEO Tony Hsieh has written a compelling story that will inspire you to look at your business in a different way. The takeaway is this: make your customers happy, make your employees happy, and you will make your business happy. 

Tribal Leadership

Authors: Dave Logan, John King, and Hale Fischer-Wright

Tribal Leadership is a must-read for those who are looking to lead change in their company, but aren't quite sure where to start. The result of a study on how groups interact socially, the book likens company organization to natural "tribal" organization. The nature of these tribes, authors Dave Logan, John King, and Hale Fischer-Wright argue, is determined by the language and relationships existing inside of them. By breaking tribal culture down into 5 key stages, the book provides reference points that readers can use to identify and examine their own company culture. Once you've determined where your team falls, use the book's "leverage points" to lead them to the next stage.

Kill the Company

Author: Lisa Bodell

You might not want to "kill" your company, but if you want to incite change and innovation, this is your book. Kill the Company author Lisa Bodell is an expert on corporate innovation and change, and the book was actually voted the winner of the "Business: Management & Leadership" category in the 2013 USA Best Book Awards. With her stimulating questions and ideas, Bodell challenges readers to look at their business through different eyes and transform its environment into one that cultivates creativity.

Creating a thriving company culture is sure to give you an edge not only in hiring, but in all aspects of your business. To begin building this culture, however, you have to make sure you have the right people. Be sure to check out our guide, How to Improve Your Career Site, to help you get started. 

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