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S. Chris Edmonds

A Framework for Driving Results, Inspiring Your Employees, and Transforming Your Workplace

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The Culture Engine by S. Chris Edmonds is a practical guide for creating a high-performance workplace culture. It provides seven steps for leaders to align their team's behavior and values with their organization's purpose, resulting in increased engagement and productivity.

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    Revolutionize your work culture with an organizational constitution.

    Want to revolutionize your work culture and transform your business? Start by writing an organizational constitution – a formal document that sets out the core principles of your company or team.

    Here’s how it works:

    Organizational constitutions lay out specific rights for employees and standards for them to follow. Think of it like the rules of the road, guidelines you use to navigate an ambiguous situation and govern your behavior.

    For instance, when arguing with a colleague, it’s easy to go too far and insult them. But if your organizational constitution includes a zero-tolerance policy for rude conduct between co-workers, you would likely choose your words more carefully.

    But an organizational constitution should also answer important questions: What are our company goals? What performance targets can help us meet them? And what are our standards for how we treat each other?

    For example, when Tony Hsieh founded the online shoe store Zappos, his intention was for the company to have a fun, familial atmosphere. To facilitate this, he defined ten values that would form the basis of the company culture.

    Here’s why an organizational constitution is essential for your business:

    Without an agreement to guide it, your company will struggle to develop a good work culture, and your organization’s culture has a huge impact on its success.

    Take Zappos’ renowned customer service. Since Zappos’ employees like their jobs, they’re full of enthusiasm, which they then pass on to their customers. The customers then associate this enthusiasm with Zappos, which is a big plus for the company. In fact, Amazon cited Zappos’ great office culture as a major incentive for purchasing the company in 2009.

    Zappos owes their culture to their constitution, because when there’s a formal agreement governing how people are treated, everyone feels safe, respected and engaged with their work. And engaged employees are better employees: a 2013 Gallup study found that engaged workers are more productive, with less turnover, fewer accidents and better customer satisfaction.

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    What is The Culture Engine about?

    The Culture Engine (2014) is a guide to creating an inspirational workplace by revolutionizing the culture of your organization. These blinks will walk you through the process of designing, implementing and managing an organizational constitution to guide and transform any group.

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    The Culture Engine (2014) is a practical guide to building a high-performing workplace culture that drives success. Here's why this book is worth reading:

    • Packed with actionable strategies, it provides a blueprint for leaders to create and sustain a positive and productive workplace culture.
    • Rooted in real-world examples, the book showcases how organizations have transformed their cultures, making it relatable and applicable for readers.
    • By emphasizing the importance of values and behaviors, it engages readers in a journey towards creating an inspiring work environment.

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    Its not what you do; its why you do it that is important. - Starbucks CEO Howard Schulz

    —S. Chris Edmonds
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    Who should read The Culture Engine?

    • CEOs who want to revolutionize their company culture
    • Leaders looking to inspire their teams
    • Organizations that want to transform their approach to work

    About the Author

    Chris Edmonds is the founder and CEO of an organizational culture consulting firm called The Purposeful Culture Group. He is a prolific author and an adjunct professor at the University of San Diego School of Business.


    ©[S. Chris Edmond: The Culture Engine] copyright [2014], John Wiley & Sons [Inc. or Ltd. as applicable] Used by permission of John Wiley & Sons [Inc. or Ltd. as applicable] and shall not be made available to any unauthorized third parties.

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    The main message of The Culture Engine is building and maintaining a thriving organizational culture.

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    The Culture Engine is worth reading as it provides practical insights on creating a positive work culture that drives success.

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