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People Geekly #04

Issue No. 04, brought to you by Culture Amp

This is the fourth issue of Culture Amp's weekly email updating you on all the best #peoplegeek news around (use that hashtag to engage with us.) 

Tweet of the week (Read: 2.5 seconds)

"Giant leap in "social" occurred '60s when Doug Macgregor gave us Theory Y, which argued that workers have brains worth using." - Tom Peters (@tom_peters)

@GaryVee's tips on culture  (Read: 3 mins)
Gary Vaynerchuk calls himself an "HR-driven CEO". "If someone at VaynerMedia is unhappy, it is entirely my fault. Period," he says. Fixing a company culture can be hard, but Vaynerchuk has some great advice for companies wanting to improve things, namely: cut meetings in half; hang around; hire listeners; hire like you mean it; nix the leadership.

Courageous Cultures (Read: 3 mins 20 secs)
This is a great piece which underlies one of our core beliefs here at Culture Amp, which is that "culture builds a strong brand." Without a great culture you're not ever going to be doing your best across all aspects of the company. "Without a functional and relevant culture, the money invested in research and development, product differentiation, marketing, and HR is never maximized and often wasted because it’s not fueled by a sustaining and functional culture," writes Shawn Parr.

Stressed? Take a walk (Read: 4 mins, 30 secs)
Walking has well-documented health benefits, but a study sheds light on how short walks can help with stress at work. "Even gentle lunchtime strolls can perceptibly — and immediately — buoy people’s moods and ability to handle stress at work."

The quantified workplace (Read: 0 mins Listen: 60 mins)
For something slightly different, the Future of Work Podcast with Kris Duggan from BetterWorks is a great listen. "As the former CEO of gamification company Badgeville, Duggan has a unique understanding into what engages employees and what gets them to share." The podcast covers a new twist on the "quantified" movement, this time with a focus on work. Is there a creepiness factor to the quantified workplace? Have a listen and let us know your thoughts.

Company Culture: the guide (Read: 88 mins, bookmark it!)  OUR TOP READ
This is a great practical how-to-guide for company culture, with top-notch case studies that is worth filing away as a resource. Put together by Walter Chen, CEO of iDoneThis, it starts with a great quote from Molly Graham that the biggest problem with most company cultures is that they are boring. Chen says Graham came up with a great way to distill a company's culture (and make it excitable!) by asking yourself what it is you want reporters to be writing about the way you do things - and put in a press release. Put simply: "put down on paper what you want Fast Company to write about your company culture in two years." 

In San Francisco on February 24 and want to come along to a great discussion on Culture x Design? Then this is the event for you.