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People Geekly #47

Issue No. 47, brought to you by Culture Amp
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This is the forty-seventh issue of Culture Amp's weekly email updating you on all the best #peoplegeek news around.

 Tweet of the week (2.5 sec)

"The ROI is a strong culture and a company that values its employees. Valued employees = higher service and productivity"

Edcor  (@edcor)
The Asch effect (1.5 min)

The Asch effect is when individuals go along with a majority view, regardless of their own opinions. In the workplace, this can lead to major deficits in productivity.This article gives three suggestions to combat the Asch effect: Appoint a devil’s advocate to provide an alternate or opposing viewpoint. Change team members’ roles occasionally, so they can see things from a different point of view. Try a survey to get people’s true feedback. 

Culture happens (2 min)

In the process of starting a company several things happen. You have your product or service, you get your funding, you begin to grow, but as you do, so does your culture. Companies must be aware of their culture as they grow, and help shape it into what they want it to be. Every little decision - from deciding what kind of desks to get, to where to hold the end-of-the-year party - play into a company’s culture. “Your culture is the sum of all the small decisions you take on a constant basis.”

Google’s People Operations team conducted a study over a two-year period on great teams. They did more than 200 interviews with Googlers, and looking at 250 attributes of 180+ teams. What they discovered was that how team members interact, structure their work and view their contributions matters more than who is on the team. It comes down to five key dynamics: Psychological safety: do the team members feel they can take risks without the fear of embarrassment? Dependability: Can they count on each other to do a good job within given deadlines? Structure and clarity: Are the goals clearly defined for the team? Meaning of work: Do the members of the team feel the work is personally important? and Impact of Work: Do they feel what they’re doing matters?

Men in the C suite (6.5 min)

Women make up 57% of the workforce in the U.S., but only 14% of the top executive positions at Fortune 500 companies. Studies by HBR show that women are underrepresented in the C suite because they are over-mentored and under-sponsored. Some studies believe that men are able to secure better sponsorships in the workplace simply because the "quid pro quo" nature of the relationship is more understood by men. But that doesn't mean it should be the only reason to get ahead. Organizations need to make a commitment to actively promoting women to executive positions. 

Adam Pisoni reflects on his journey at Yammer from 5 to 500 employees, and what he’d do differently. Pisoni opens with "you need to shift your thinking away from building a great product to building the company that builds the great product.” He goes on to talk about how he organized internally to reflect the product they were delivering. He ends with a great quote "You’re ahead of the game if you recognize that solving the problems you have today are going to create new problems tomorrow”.


San Francisco: After a terrific event last month, we’ve got a more casual Geekup tonight. If you’re not tied up with the rush to Thanksgiving, come join us for a drink. We’ll have our best People Geeks around to share some stories of the Culture x Design conference last month in NYC.

Chicago: Due to the success of our first people geekup last month we are excited to head back to Chicago for #2 on Wednesday, December 9th. Come ready to share a cocktail and some stories with fellow People Geeks. We'll have some people there to share stories from the Culture x Design conference in NYC.

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