In the world of business, buzzwords like company culture, productivity, and collaboration have long taken over. A quick Google search of the words will yield hundreds – maybe thousands – of articles across all of the biggest, most prestigious business publications, including Forbes, Inc. Magazine, Entrepreneur, Business Insider, FastCompany, and more.
These things, or words, are certainly important. The culture of an organization, company, or office, and in some cases, all three of them combined, have a significant impact on the performance of any business. A company with great culture can mean that employees collaborate, communicate well, are productive, and happy, and that often results in success. On the other end, a company that lacks these things may struggle, even fail. This is because every element of a company’s culture is connected, so in the long-term, a deficiency in culture can be disastrous.
If you Googled the topic and read an article or two, you may have come across a survey or some other study that these company culture authors link to support with data their claims. If you need ideas on what to aim for for your own company, then these may be useful.
Or, take a page out of our book! At Atom Law Group, our culture appreciates knowledge, communication, debate, empathy, and self-improvement. At the end of every week, we gather in the conference room and talk about the books we have collectively decided to read, one chapter at a time.
These book club meetings give everyone here an opportunity to share their opinions and life-experiences as they relate to each book. Regardless of position and responsibilities, with or without a Juris Doctorate, each member of our firm is given the opportunity to lead and raise our collective consciousness by reading and participating in discussion.
Curious? Here are the books we’ve read so far:
- Mindset: The New Psychology of Success by Carol S. Dweck
- The Obstacle is the Way by Ryan Holiday
- The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life by Charles Duhigg
- Extreme Ownership by Jocko Willink & Leif Babin
Stay tuned for more on what we’ve learned individually and as a team from these books, as well as the books we’ll read in the future (because we’re certainly not going to stop)!