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Ingraining Culture with a Manifesto
Episode 54623rd April 2024 • Scaling Up Business with Bill Gallagher • Bill Gallagher
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In this episode, Bill emphasizes the significant impact of crafting a company manifesto as a foundational tool for embedding cultural elements deeply and swiftly into the organizational fabric. This manifesto should articulate the company's purpose, its emotional core, the vision for the future, the values guiding its operations, promises made to customers, and a long-term transformational goal, commonly referred to as a "big, hairy, audacious goal" (BHAG). By doing so, a manifesto provides a comprehensive overview of why the company exists, its direction, how it plans to get there, the intended experience for its beneficiaries, and a specific target to achieve.

Bill outlines a practical approach to creating such a manifesto, starting with defining the company's purpose and detailing its aspirations, operational values, customer commitments, and a visionary BHAG. He suggests integrating this manifesto into daily business operations through various means such as printing, office displays, recitation in meetings, and ongoing dialogue about its relevance and challenges. This integration process transforms the manifesto from a static document into a living, breathing aspect of the company's culture. By fostering regular conversations around the manifesto, businesses can ensure it remains a central, dynamic element of their identity, significantly easing the challenges associated with scaling and growth.

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