A recent article from Entrepreneur.com offers some steps on creating a “fun, positive company culture.” But of course, this raises as many questions as it does answers. Like: Never mind the how of making your company culture fun. What about the why? Is it even a worthwhile goal to try to make your company a fun place to work? A Question of Motives The author at Entrepreneur.com obviously thinks so. “I’ve always believed businesses that encourage play are the ones where the best people do their best work,” the article begins. “Employees love to work hard when they also get to play hard.” My own answer to the question: It depends. What are your motives for making your company culture fun? Why are you making this your goal? You have to answer those questions before you do anything else. There are plenty of good reasons to try to make your company fun. There’s some truth to the idea that a fun workplace can help you with employee retention—though only if it’s paired with opportunities for meaningful career advancement. I also think there’s something to be said for a fun culture as an incubator of creativity. If you want to make your company a fun place to work because you think your employees will be happier, healthier, more productive, and more motivated, then you won’t hear any argument from me. The Wrong Reasons With that said, there is such a thing as doing an okay thing for the wrong reasons. I can think of a few bad reasons for building a fun company culture. One is because you simply want to be known as a fun place to work—which may help you get new job applicants in the door, but then what are you doing to keep them there? As a goal, this is fairly shortsighted. Meanwhile, I think some companies want to make themselves fun without ever pausing to think about the measurable results they hope to achieve from that. This is probably a shallow view of company culture—unless you just value fun for fun’s sake. And hey! I’m a fun-loving guy, so don’t take any of this as a criticism of the idea of fun company culture. I just think it’s important to pursue this thoughtfully—and to have some sense of why you’re doing it.
How can one person—or one company—change the world? It takes big ideas, to be sure, but it also takes more than that. It takes a personal or corporate culture that fosters innovation and problem-solving. It takes a certain sense of showmanship—a commitment to always be selling, marketing those big ideas and proving their mettle. Over the last three decades, michael hageloh, the creator of the Rhythm-Selling System, has exemplified each of these traits time and time again, both in his personal life and in his corporate positions.
A rare authority on Apple, the greatest sales company ever, michael is a world-changer to be sure, and he has accomplished big things through fairly modest tools—which are the principles behind Rhythm-Selling as a system: Such old-fashioned values as superior product development, stalwart customer service, and a ceaseless devotion to a company culture of selling. michael is best known for the 22 years he spent inside Apple, from its formative years up through 2010. During this time he became one of the company’s all-time global sales leaders, generating almost a billion dollars ($1B) in overall revenue, and led Apple’s education division to new horizons and bold achievements. Always framed in authentic conversations with a distinctive rhythm.
In addition, michael sold for Adobe and served at other worthy tech startups. Today he applies his unique perspective to his work as he delivers his Rhythm Selling keynotes globally.
michael can speak with authority on the culture in an organization and the powerful results that can be attained through the recognizing, fine tuning and external manifestation of it. Remember, every word represents your culture. Are you a selling organization or do you just have sales people?
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