Culture Exchange

How Does Zappos Encourage Employee Development?

10/23/2014     

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While recruiting top talent is always front of mind for most companies, focusing on employee development can often fall to the wayside. Offering training resources for employees to grow and hone their skills can be an invaluable asset to any organization. Zappos Core Value #5, Pursue Growth and Learning, encourages Zappos employees to always be growing, both personally and professionally. One way that Zappos helps them do this is through a department created specifically for employee development, ZapposU.

What Does Leadership in Self-Organization Look Like?

10/08/2014     

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Leadership within a traditional hierarchical structure is the one with which most organizations are familiar: a top-down format within a triangle where managers are the main decision makers. So what happens when that structure becomes a hierarchy of work rather than a hierarchy of people? How is leadership in self-organization different?

Can You Quantify Company Culture?

09/24/2014     

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E.M. Forster wrote, “Only connect.” One trait of a strong company culture is how connected its employees are to each other. Some even say a company is only as strong as its culture, but can you use metrics to define connectedness? How does a company quantify culture?

Loving Your Job

09/10/2014     

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If you are just doing what you love, you are doing it wrong!
 
Okay, I apologize, that was kind of for shock value, but please let me explain it a little more by sharing my journey with you. A long time ago, I heard about the Confucius saying, “Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.” So I thought that if someone paid me to do what I love (programming), I would have a job I loved. Do what you love. Simple, right? Wrong!

All Hands Meeting - What It Is and Why You (May) Want One

09/03/2014     

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Maybe you’re a company of two; maybe you’re a company of thousands. Regardless of the size, All Hands meetings yield several immediate benefits for any organization that holds them.

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