Corporate culture is a term used to describe the beliefs, values, and processes that provide a company with its own unique flavor and attitude. It’s really about the attitude of everyone involved with the organization. Here are some nuggets of wisdom to share with your team.
“To be an enduring, great company, you have to build a mechanism for preventing or solving problems that will long outlast any one individual leader.” ― Howard Schultz
“A company’s culture is often buried so deeply inside rituals, assumptions, attitudes, and values that it becomes transparent to an organization’s members only when, for some reason, it changes.” – Rob Goffee
“If every day at work feels like a Friday, then you are doing what you were meant to do.”
― Alan W. Kennedy
“The word attitude doesn’t mean you should be committed and loyal to your supervisor. Attitude means dedicated, committed and more clinical to the work you do and the company you’re doing the work for.”
― Vivek Thangaswamy
“Company cultures are like country cultures. Never try to change one. Try, instead, to work with what you’ve got.” – Peter F. Drucker
I recall one time being in the passenger seat of a friend’s really nice car. We pulled up to the curb at our destination, and as my friend handed the valet the car keys, the valet asked, “Wow, what do you do to drive a nice car like that?” My friend’s answer was simple and to the point. “Work hard”.
“I learned the value of hard work by working hard.” ~ Margaret Mead
“Working hard is very important. You’re not going to get anywhere without working extremely hard.” ~ George Lucas
“I think that my biggest attribute to any success that I have had is hard work. There really is no substitute for working hard.” ~ Maria Bartiromo
“You really have to work hard and apply yourself and by applying yourself and working hard and being diligent, you can achieve success.”
~ Julie Benz
“The only way to get people to like working hard is to motivate them. Today, people must understand why they’re working hard. Every individual in an organization is motivated by something different.”
~ Rick Pitino
“Nobody in life gets exactly what they thought they were going to get. But if you work really hard and you’re kind, amazing things will happen.”
~ Conan O’Brien
So, today is the day. The final episode of the Oprah Winfrey show airs today. Of course, it is not the last we will see of Oprah, although I will miss watching her daily show. I’m not what Oprah calls an ‘ultimate viewer’, but I did enjoy her show. It was entertaining, thought-provoking, and there was some wisdom in every episode.
A few of my favourite Oprah Winfrey quotes that can not only apply to our personal lives, but also apply to business:
The big secret in life is that there is no big secret. Whatever your goal, you can get there if you’re willing to work.
If you want your life to be more rewarding, you have to change the way you think.
With every experience, you alone are painting your own canvas, thought by thought, choice by choice.
Energy is the essence of life. Every day you decide how you’re going to use it by knowing what you want and what it takes to reach that goal, and by maintaining focus.
The key to realizing a dream is to focus not on success but significance – and then even the small steps and little victories along your path will take on greater meaning.
Do the one thing you think you cannot do. Fail at it. Try again. Do better the second time. The only people who never tumble are those who never mount the high wire. This is your moment. Own it.
~ Jessica Rozitis
photo credit: NSW Maritime