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The Culture Engine: A Framework for Driving Results, Inspiring Your Employees, and Transforming Your Workplace
S. Chris Edmonds

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Format: Hardcover, 272pp.
ISBN: 9781118947326
Publisher: Wiley
Pub. Date: September 22, 2014

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An organizational "North Star," codifying valued behaviors for optimal performance

The Culture Engine shows leaders how to create a high performing, values aligned culture through the creation of an organizational constitution. With practical step-by-step guidance, readers learn how to define their organization's culture, delineate the behaviors that contribute to greater performance and greater engagement, and draft a document that codifies those behaviors into a constitution that guides behavior towards an ideal: a safe, inspiring workplace. The discussion focuses on people, including who should be involved at the outset and how to engage employees from start to finish, while examples of effective constitutions provide guidance toward drafting a document that can actualize an organization's potential.

Culture drives everything that happens in an organization day to day, including focus, priorities, and the treatment of employees and customers. A great culture drives great performance, and can help attract and retain great talent. But a great culture isn't something that evolves naturally. The Culture Engine is a guide to strategically planning a culture by compiling the company's guiding principles and behaviors into an organizational constitution.

• Decide which behaviors and attitudes are desired in the organization
• Secure leader commitment to planning, drafting, and implementing the document
• Learn the most effective way to socialize the draft statement and get everyone on board
• Model desired behaviors to boost employee engagement throughout the process

Organizational culture is not an amorphous thing – it comes down from the top, inspired and exemplified by the leadership. It can steer a company up or down, keep it on mission or force it off-course. For an organization to fulfill its potential, the culture must be on-point, truly reflecting the heart of the company from leaders to team members across the company. The Culture Engine helps leaders define the playing field, pushing performance to the next level.


"Chris Edmonds' approach will boost your team's spirit, trust, and performance. WD-40 Company's tribe culture was built upon these same concepts. Don't hesitate - get this book and create your organization's constitution!"
—Garry Ridge, president/CEO of WD-40 Company, author, Helping People Win At Work

"Where has this book been? The Culture Engine demystifies the 'what' and 'how' of driving your company's culture to produce transformational business outcomes. Chris Edmonds operationalizes culture while offering practical tools necessary to align your people and gain profound competitive advantage. Thank you for this game-changing book."
—Joseph Michelli, New York Times #1 Best-selling author of 6 business books like Leading the Starbucks Way and The Zappos Experience

"Organizational culture and performance are intricately interwoven. In his excellent book, The Culture Engine, Chris Edmonds shows how to create and use an Organizational Constitution - a breakthrough tool to help you shape this elusive, yet critically important ingredient to organizational success."
—Jesse Stoner, co-author Full Steam Ahead: Unleash the Power of Vision

"This book is a concrete road map to creating and managing a productive and inspiring culture for your organization. The idea of developing an organizational constitution is brilliant. Who doesn't want to work in an environment where the employees feel trusted, valued, and respected with a sense of purpose? This book will show you how to design such an environment. I highly recommend it."
—Hyrum Smith, Co-Founder of FranklinCovey

"Finally a book about culture that answers the 'how.' Everyone knows culture is important but most don't know 'how' to change their culture. Edmonds creates a detailed road map to help any leader deliver an inspiring culture that generates lasting organizational success. You will be hooked from chapter one. The Culture Engine is must-read for leaders of the future."
—Joel Anderson, president and CEO of Walmart.com

"Shared values make a profound difference in your personal commitment, your organization's culture, and your collective performance. No one knows this better than Chris Edmonds. He's spent his career helping organizational leaders clarify, communicate, and align actions around shared values. And now in The Culture Engine Chris reveals his tools of the trade. This is a practical, experienced-based, and easy-to-use guide that enables you to cruise the windy roads of organizational culture with confidence and determination. It's full of engaging examples, sage advice, and provocative questions. I highly recommend that you put this book to use today. You'll definitely thank yourself tomorrow."
—Jim Kouzes, Coauthor The Leadership Challenge and Dean's Executive Fellow of Leadership, Leavey School of Business, Santa Clara University

"Culture drives every aspect of an organization's success. In The Culture Engine, Chris Edmonds clearly and plainly spells out how to shift your focus from chasing markets to building a strong, flexible organizational culture that will lead to greater clarity of mission, workplace satisfaction, and bottom-line success."
—Marshall Goldsmith, author of the New York Times and global bestseller What Got You Here Won't Get You There

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S. Chris Edmonds is the founder and CEO of The Purposeful Culture Group, an organizational culture consulting firm. Since 1995, he has also served as a senior consultant with the Ken Blanchard Companies. Over the course of his career, Chris has delivered over 100 keynote speeches, authored or coauthored 6 books, and consulted for clients in almost every industry. He is an adjunct professor at the University of San Diego’s School of Business.

Table of Contents

1What is an organizational constitution, and why do you need one?
2It starts with YOU
3Clarify your organization’s purpose
4Define values in behavioral terms
5Outline strategies and goals for the coming fiscal year
6Your organizational constitution must be LIVED
7Gathering formal feedback on valued behaviors
8Dealing with resistance
9Hiring for values alignment
10Don’t leave your organizational culture to chance
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