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People Geekly #52

Issue No. 52, brought to you by Culture Amp
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This is the fifty-second issue of Culture Amp's weekly email updating you on all the best #peoplegeek news around.

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"Warren Bennis calls an organization that works a 'successful human community.' That phrase vaults the dialog on management up a few notches."

TOM PETERS  (@tom_peters)
Many hands (3 min)

Robert Sutton takes on the expression “Many hands make light work.” Turns out this has a lot of limitations. Evidence points to six being the best size for a team, "because larger teams often place overwhelming 'cognitive load' on individual members.” Sutton recommends reducing larger teams for improved efficiency and productivity.

Cultural fit (4.5 min)

Ragini Parmar outlines Credit Karma’s approach to hiring for culture fit. First defining your culture and values, then being able to recognize that fully in your candidates. Like a lot of culture initiatives, it's about being intentful. We’re guarded about this too - it’s important to recognize people for having the same values, rather than just the same background.

Tickets to our Geekups in Melbourne, San FranciscoVancouver and Chicago.
(More coming soon)

Benefits both reflect and build your culture. Jessica Pfisterer shares the journey at Greenhouse in producing their Parental Leave Policy (which you can read in full). Pfisterer details how they sought "a good balance between generosity towards our employees and practicality for running a business". Generally, all employees see is the output, the policy itself. Here, we get to see the story and the thought process behind the policy.

We often talk about how to evaluate candidates in interviews, but less about the reverse. Adam Grant reflects on how candidates can evaluate the culture of the company, focusing on the question "How is this organization different from all other organizations?”. Grant ends with some advice – in the first instance it’s often clearer to look for the signs of toxic cultures than the good ones.


Culture Amp is excited to announce that 2016 will see the expansion of People Geekup events to new cities around the world. To kick things off, we will faciliate a discussion around People Analytics trends and predictions for 2016. If you’d like to host a People Geekup in your city in 2016, reply to this email and we will be in touch. 

Get your ticket for:
Melbourne on Jan 14th.
San Francisco on Jan 19th.
Vancouver on Jan 21st.
Chicago on Jan 27th.

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