Culture Quotes by Titans
For organizations, companies or groups to thrive, they need a vision and a strong culture. Here are 100 culture quotes by some of the greatest leaders of recent times.
Amy Jo Martin
Founder, CEO, Digital Royalty
If we really want to be effective with communication, we have to humanize our brands.
It's important to create a culture of innovation — one that both values and rewards risk.
Anything that is measured and watched, improves.
President and CEO, Upshot
Being a great place to work is the difference between being a good company and a great company.
Product Manager, Rubicon Project
Company Culture is the product of a company’s values, expectations and environment.
A rigid structure does not give room for adaptability and change. A rigid structure turns people into slaves of rules, procedures, policies, and practices.
When you’re in a small boat, you can see who’s paddling hard and who’s looking around.
Culture, & Inclusivity Strategist
Our secret weapon for building the best culture is open and honest feedback.
CEO, General Electric
No company, small or large, can win over the long run without energized employees who believe in the mission and understand how to achieve it.
If we are to preserve culture we must continue to create it.
Founder, CEO, Hinge
I look for two things when I hire a new employee: ambition and humility. Without a proven track record of initiative and ambition, it’s likely the person becomes a drain rather than a contributor to the company – even the really smart, talented ones.
A team aligned behind a vision will move mountains. Sell them on your roadmap and don’t compromise — care about the details, the fit and finish.
If a Brand doesn't live on the inside, it can't thrive on the outside.
Culture is a way of coping with the world by defining it in detail.
I think as a company, if you can get those two things right — having a clear direction on what you are trying to do and bringing in great people who can execute on the stuff — then you can do pretty well.
Chairman of Endeavor
You can have all the right strategies in the world; if you don't have the right culture, you're dead.
Peter F Drucker
The entrepreneur always searches for change, responds to it, and exploits it as an opportunity.
Founder, Virgin Group
There’s no magic formula for great company culture. The key is just to treat your staff how you would like to be treated.
Cultural differences should not separate us from each other, but rather cultural diversity brings a collective strength that can benefit all of humanity.
Corporate culture matters. How management chooses to treat its people impacts everything for better or for worse.
A culture of innovation can be a company's primary source of competitive advantage and can pay off steadily over the years.
Culture is the arts elevated to a set of beliefs.
author, Wired Differently
I used to believe that culture was ‘soft,’ and had little bearing on our bottom line. What I believe today is that our culture has everything to do with our bottom line, now and into the future.
Company culture is the continuous pursuit of building the best, most talented, and the happiest team we possibly can.
If your culture doesn't like geeks, you are in real trouble.
Co-Founder, CEO, Airbnb
A company's culture is the foundation for future innovation. An entrepreneur's job is to build the foundation
VP, Human Relations, Shopify
Determine what behaviors and beliefs you value as a company, and have everyone live true to them. These behaviors and beliefs should be so essential to your core, that you don’t even think of it as culture.
Corporate culture is the only sustainable competitive advantage that is completely within the control of the entrepreneur.
CEO, Campbell Soup Company
To win in the marketplace, you must first win in the workplace.
Frances Frei and Anne Morriss
Culture guides discretionary behavior and it picks up where the employee handbook leaves off. Culture tells us how to respond to an unprecedented service request. It tells us whether to risk telling our bosses about our new ideas, and whether to surface or hide problems. Employees make hundreds of decisions on their own everyday, and culture is our guide. Culture tells us what to do when the CEO isn’t in the room, which is of course most of the time.
In this ever-changing society, the most powerful and enduring brands are built from the heart. They are real and sustainable. Their foundations are stronger because they are built with the strength of the human spirit, not an ad campaign. The companies that are lasting are those that are authentic.
Author, Disrupt you
Most companies overlook the most basic of all training functions: the onboarding of new employees into their corporate culture.
CEO of Whole Foods Market
If you are lucky enough to be someone’s employer, then you have a moral obligation to make sure people do look forward to coming to work in the morning.
This is not about fuzzy, holding hands around a campfire, kumbaya stuff. That’s not what values and culture and mission is about. This is about building an organization for success. This is about winning. This is about doing the tactical things to make sure your organization and your people are aligned around the same thing.
CEO of The Container Store
You can build a much more wonderful company on love than you can on fear.
Head, Culture, Scopely
We believe in relentlessly refining our skills and knowledge, as a team and as individuals.
President and CEO, Yahoo
It’s about getting the best people, retaining them, nurturing a creative environment & helping to find a way to innovate.
The culture of a company is the sum of the behaviors of all its people.
Chief Talent, ficer, Netflix
Over the years we learned that if we asked people to rely on logic and common sense instead of on formal policies, most of the time we would get better results, and at lower cost.
CEO of Porsche
The biggest challenge was to restore a dying organization, which was losing money, to growth and profitability. The first steps were not: Cutting costs, developing new products and/or services, inventing clever new marketing concepts, or clever advertising! Instead, the first steps were: Rebuilding a culture where all employees were a family, striving for a shared success! The basis for this success turned out to be winning major races again.
Founder, Virgin Group
Create the kind of workplace and company culture that will attract great talent. If you hire brilliant people, they will make work feel more like play.
The crucial differences which distinguish human societies and human beings are not biological. They are cultural.
A company can’t buy true emotional commitment from managers no matter how much it’s willing to spend; this is something too valuable to have a price tag. And yet a company can’t afford not to have it.
Great things in business are never done by one person. They're done by a team of people.
Ultimately, it’s on the company leaders to set the tone, Cook told Fast Company. Not only the CEO, but the leaders across the company. If you select them so carefully that they then hire the right people, it’s a nice self-fulfilling prophecy.
Culture is the name for what people are interested in, their thoughts, their models,
Anne M Mulcahy
Employees who believe that management is concerned about them as a whole person — not just an employee — are more productive, more satisfied, more fulfilled. Satisfied employees mean satisfied customers, which leads to profitability.
Positive culture comes from being mindful and respecting your co-workers, and being empathetic.
Co-Founder, CEO, Airbnb
Culture is simply a shared way of doing something with a passion.
So often people are working hard at the wrong thing. Working on the right thing is probably more important than working hard.
Author, New World
There’s really no such thing as internal culture any more. Your culture is always public, and it’s your most powerful, public-facing asset or liability.
Dr Aubrey Daniels
We can change culture if we change behavior.
CEO, the Girl Scouts
Culture does not change because we desire to change it. Culture changes when the organization is transformed; the culture reflects the realities of people working together every day.
Professor Emeritus at Harvard University
Maintaining an effective culture is so important that it, in fact, trumps even strategy.
Founder, CEO, Stella & Dot
Shaping your culture is more than half done when you hire your team.
Jorge Paulo Lemann
Founder, Ambev and 3G Capital
The greatest asset of a company is its people.
The real competitive advantage in any business is one word only, which is people.
Make sure everybody in the company has great opportunities, has a meaningful impact and is contributing to the good of society.
If you want employees to feel appreciated, you need to celebrate their achievements regularly and publicly.
We have a culture where we are incredibly self critical, we don’t get comfortable with our success.
CEO, The Predictive Index
Company culture is what employees live and breathe every day in the workplace.
Culture makes people understand each other better. And if they understand each other better in their soul, it is easier to overcome the economic and political barriers.
Co-Founder, former CEO, Evernote
We try to have the kind of a culture that doesn’t value excuses in the sense that when you’re supposed to accomplish something, and you’re at a high level, then your job is to accomplish it, in spite of difficulty. And you’re rewarded for dealing with that.
Organizational culture is the sum of values and rituals which serve as 'glue' to integrate the members of the organization.
Growing a culture requires a good storyteller. Changing a culture requires a persuasive editor.
Stephen R Covey
Always treat your employees exactly as you want them to treat your best customers.
One of our values is that you should be looking out for each other. Everyone should try to make the lives of everyone else who works here a little bit simpler.
If you get the culture right, most of the other stuff will just take care of itself.
Founder, former CEO, SinglePlatform
You want to set goals that you can hit, so when you start hitting them, you can celebrate those wins. People start trusting in your way of projecting the business.
A big part of our people-first culture is treating people with respect and transparency.
Founder, TOMS Shoes
I think a large part of that is the fact that I’m a large believer in hiring the right people and giving them unbelievable amounts of power and autonomy.
The way I think about culture is that modern humans have radically changed the way that they work and the way that they live. Companies need to change the way they manage and lead to match the way that modern humans actually work and live.
Culture is the magic start-up ingredient.
consultant, Employee Engagement
Employee engagement is the art and science of engaging people in authentic and recognized connections to strategy, roles, performance, organization, community, relationships, customers, development, energy and happiness to leverage, sustain and transform work into results.
A hallmark of a healthy creative culture is that its people feel free to share ideas, opinions, and criticisms. Lack of candour, if unchecked, ultimately leads to dysfunctional environments.
co-founder, the restaurant reservation software company Resy and Empathy Wines
Company culture is the backbone of any successful organization
You need the right people with you, not the best people.
CEO of SAS
Treat employees like they make a difference, and they will.
Julie Winkle Giulioni
Authentic engagement is not available upon demand. It’s less like today’s Keurig and more like the old-style percolator: instead of coffee at the push of a button, coffee grounds and water were put together, with heat applied and time allowed for one to permeate the other.
Ken Blanchard and Scott Blanchard
Connect the dots between individual roles and the goals of the organization. When people see that connection, they get a lot of energy out of work. They feel the importance, dignity and meaning in their job.
Culture is not an initiative. Culture is the enabler of all initiatives.
Louis V Gerstner, Jr
Culture isn't just one aspect of the game, it is the game. In the end, an organization is nothing more than the collective capacity of its people to create value.
Chairman of Nike
One of my fears is being this big, slow, constipated, bureaucratic company that's happy with its success.
Neil Degrasse Tyson
Once you have an innovation culture, even those who are not scientists or engineers — poets, actors, journalists — they, as communities, embrace the meaning of what it is to be scientifically literate. They embrace the concept of an innovation culture. They vote in ways that promote it. They don't fight science and they don't fight technology.
Peter F Drucker
Culture eats strategy for breakfast
No matter how brilliant your mind or strategy, if you’re playing a solo game, you’ll always lose out to a team.
Managing Director of HR Assessment and Development, Inc.
Financial Resources may be the lifeblood of a company, but human resources are the brains.
True leadership stems from individuality that is honestly and sometimes imperfectly expressed… Leaders should strive for authenticity over perfection.
Stephen R Covey
Strength lies in differences, not in similarities.
Far and away the best prize that life has to offer is the chance to work hard at work worth doing.
Culture is about performance and making people feel good about how they contribute to the whole.
Everyone on the team plays an equal role. My role is to create the wave and everyone on our team keeps the wave going.