Just like the operating system on their PCs, culture is something most leaders rarely think about – until it starts causing them problems.

When it slows their teams down and makes work more difficult than it should be, leaders often start feeling a sense of urgency around culture and finally give it the attention it deserves.

But even then, it’s often with the mindset of:

“Let’s fix it and get back to work asap!”

But what if culture was the work, especially for leaders? What if it was their primary responsibility to create an environment where people can do their best work?

And what would happen if leaders took that responsibility seriously and adopted a more intentional approach to shaping culture?

This is what Dr. Donte Vaughn and I talk about in this episode of the CultureLab podcast.

Dr Vaughn has recently co-authored a book called From Culture to Culture and he is also a co-founder of CultureWorx, a company that helps leaders take a proactive approach to cultivating a healthy culture based on their company values and what is actually needed in their teams.

Tune in to this conversation to about what it could look like if organizations were able to implement a system that allows them to manage their culture proactively and about how to successfully breathe life into your company’s values system so that your values turn into unwritten norms that start showing up in daily interactions, practices and behaviors.

What you permit, you promote.

– Dr Donte Vaughn

Episode Highlights

Here are some more highlights from this episode:

  • The difference between a culture that evolves organically and one that is shaped intentionally.
  • The real value of… a shared values system.
  • Cultural CPR – what it is and — more importantly — do you need it?
  • Cultural touch-points and their role in reinforcing the desired company culture.
  • The importance of establishing the right behavioral practices and habits at scale.
  • Measuring cultural performance.

Listen to the interview in the player below or on iTunes. If you like what you hear, please leave a review, and it may be featured on a future episode.

More About Dr. Donte Vaughn

Dr. Donte Vaughn, DM, is an expert in organizational leadership, workforce management, and

company culture. He has served as a senior-level executive and business strategist for

companies throughout the US and abroad and currently serves as Chief Culture Officer and

Managing Partner at CultureWorx and VP of Organizational Leadership and Culture at


Books and Resources Mentioned in this Episode:

Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap and Others Don’t by Jim Collins

Strengths Finder 2.0 by Tom Rath

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