April 14, 2012
We go through the trouble of translating works because we want to learn about the culture, but it turns out that culture is the hardest thing to translate.
J. Philip Gabriel
Translator of Author Haruki Murakami’s Works
Source: “Found in translation” by Soojin Chang
Via: “Something for the Weekend” by The Casual Optimist
July 11, 2011
“Ultimately, we found that, especially in the beginning, you have to be willing to look past the initial bottom line and focus on building the best team you can build who can put out the best product possible. The profits will follow. We’ve now been focusing all our efforts and dedicating profits back into the studio for four months… and now there are monster clients knocking at our door. We’ve raised our prices twice since starting and we still turn away more work than we take on. We’re on the cusp of innovating things that could change the way the world interacts with the internet as we know it. All of this, I attribute to building a great culture where people can take ownership of the studio, enjoy coming to work and are pushed to put out better work than the last time.
So how do you know if you’re building a great culture? Well, what I have learned from my experiences, the experiences of those I trust around me, my life and business mentors and movies… you know it in your heart, you can feel it… and for those of you who are less sentimental, it’s instinct.”
Source: “Building Culture” by Roman Titus, Founder of Nelson Cash
September 8, 2010
It’s true. The energy, attitudes and effort of the people working on a product or service ultimately drive the brand’s face in public. The more you care about what you’re making and doing, the better you’re going to make it. You want the people who experience it to love it just as much as you do.
Co-Founder of Thinkers & Makers
Source: Your Culture Drives Your Brand
July 2, 2010
“This is a lesson I’ve learned and relearned from all kinds of companies that are winning big in tough economic circumstances. You can’t be special, distinctive, compelling in the marketplace unless you create something special, distinctive, compelling in the workplace. Your strategy is your culture; your culture is your strategy. The most successful companies I know understand that the most important business decisions they make are not what new products they launch or what new markets they enter. What really matters is what new people they let in the door—who they hire—and how they create an environment in which everyone …
Source: Why We (Shouldn’t) Hate HR
Via: WorkWorkWork tumblr