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The Culture Engine: A Framework for Driving Results, Inspiring Your Employees, and Transforming Your Workplace Hardcover – September 22, 2014
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We are more aware now than ever before of the vital importance of organizational culture. No one is inspired to perform in dreary, frustrating environments, and, in the 21st century, inspiration and engagement are often the only things separating the successes from the failures. But an earnest desire to improve your organization’s culture will only get you so far. You need a tangible framework that will give shape to your good intentions. There are many such frameworks out there, but The Culture Engine is the only one that’s really in tune with the daily realities faced by leaders at all levels.
It’s true that culture-building is an ongoing process, but leaders also need to contend with the day-to-day responsibilities. Until now, no book has provided a way to solidify the culture you want without falling behind on everything else. In fact, The Culture Engine, with its emphasis on developing an organizational constitution, never loses sight of the fact that it’s the everyday tasks that add up to a successful team. The goal of this book is to provide readers with a way to build a foundation that will guide daily implementation, allowing effective leadership to really kick in.
Many managers and team leads have a nagging feeling that their people aren’t performing to their full potential. Sure, the job is getting done, but is it getting done well, or is it just “good enough”? Without a set of principles to point the way to leaders and team members alike, no amount of intervention will squeeze success out of a troubled culture. The Culture Engine shows that those principles don’t have to be nebulous and vague—quite the contrary.
Author S. Chris Edmonds walks readers through the steps to drafting an organizational constitution with the goal of clarity and a shared vision. With this vision in place, employees feel engaged and inspired to be a part of something with tangible meaning. A culture like that is the holy grail of leadership. Defining, crafting, and managing an organizational constitution per The Culture Engine’s clear instructions brings that goal within reach for all of us.
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Most importantly, a lack of corporate philosophy fails to provide employees' jobs with meaning and clarity.
The author has a long and distinguished career in corporate America, and he has achieved a remarkable feat with this book by showing how leadership and management need to align corporations with values, and at the same time, build both engaging and inspiring workplaces.
As the CEO of my own cybersecurity engineering company, I read this book looking for connections to what I refer to as key elements of cybersecurity leadership. Here is what I found.
Why you should read this book – Get straightforward, easy to digest, and actionable information about assessing the culture in your organization.
What you can expect – Chris does a great job of explaining the complex using straightforward and simple to understand concepts. You’ll get tools to assess your culture, tips on how to design your own culture, and methods and tactics for achieving your desired culture.
What pleasantly surprised me as a reader – I’ve read potentially hundreds of books and most, if not all, toss around terms like purpose, vision, culture, constitution, effectiveness, and value. In the Culture Engine, Chris uses these terms in clearly defined ways that are easily made actionable by me.
As a CEO, I want to build a world-class team of people who care about each other, the company, our goals, and our customers. the culture engine will certainly be an element of our success.
I love the fact that the paragraphs are separated by several lines, giving the reader ample space to make notes and record observations. I also appreciate the several worksheet-like pages that Edmonds inserts for the reader to record our thoughts. The author has provided a nice section of notes, as well as a comprehensive index – both features that I appreciate.
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I would recommend this book for anyone wishing to create a great company