Our Favourite 10 Company Culture Development Books

At the end of May we hosted Toronto’s first #CultureConnect event, a panel of company culture experts followed by a series of breakout sessions designed to provide participants with ideas, tools, and resources to develop their company culture, increase employee engagement and productivity, improve employee retention, and more.

Here’s a recommended reading list from our panelists and participants! I’d love your feedback: have you read any of these books, would you recommend any others for company culture development?

  1. Delivering Happiness, Tony Hsieh, CEO of Zappos. Read Alexis' review here.

  2. Uncontainable: How Passion, Commitment, and Conscious Capitalism Built a Business Where Everyone Thrives” Kip Tindell, Founder of the Container Store. “shows how genuinely caring about the people in and around your business is the surest road to profitability.” Read a review from Inc. here.

  3. Joy, Inc. How We Built a Workplace People Love, Richard Sheridan, cofounder and CEO of software design firm Menlo Innovations.

  4. Change the Culture, Change the Game: The Breakthrough Strategy for Energizing Your Organization and Creating Accountability for Results.Roger Conners & Tom Smith. Captures what the authors have learned while working with the hundreds of thousands of people on using organizational culture as a strategic advantage.

  5. The Culture Engine: A Framework for Driving Results, Inspiring Your Employees, and Transforming Your Workplace. Chris Edmonds. “Shows leaders how to create a high performing, values aligned culture through the creation of an organizational constitution”.

  6. The Optimistic Workplace: Creating an environment  that energizes everyone. Shawn Murphy. The author advocates a steward model of management, revealing how to explore personal and organizational purpose and align them, overcome resistance and skepticism, build camaraderie and intrinsic motivation, and identify goals and track progress collaboratively.                                                          
  7. 'Let My People Go Surfing' by Yvon Chouinard, Founder of Patagonia.

  8. 'Tribal Leadership' by Dave Logan, John King and Halee Fischer-Wright "This book focuses on the art and science that lies in leveraging the power of a tribe, and how to foster an organizational culture which both inspires individuals AND creates a communal platform for world-changing results."

  9. Work Rules!: Insights from Inside Google That Will Transform How You Live and Lead. Laszlo Bock, Head of Google’s People Operations."We spend more time working than doing anything else in life. It's not right that the experience of work should be so demotivating and dehumanizing."