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Punk Rock HR

Sep 23, 2019

Let’s Fix Work Episode 77

This week, my guest is someone very special to me: my husband, Ken. Today we have a fun conversation about a 1998 trip we took to California and how we could not agree on modern art. Through this, we discovered how people don’t always agree on art and culture; and why we don’t actually need to agree in order to get along. 

So how do art and culture relate to work? Well, we also discuss hiring and culture, and how that is manifested at work. How is your company using the word “culture” within the corporate context? This topic of “culture” within the workplace needs so much attention. This episode focuses on gaining clarity on the topic of “culture” and the importance of asking the real questions you need to have answered about a company. So if you’re interested in gaining a clearer perspective on “culture” and how that can happen at your office, be sure to listen to this week’s episode of Let’s Fix Work.

In this episode, you’ll hear:

  1. Some details about our trip to California and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, as well as some of the pieces that stood out to us
  2. The importance of culture and art with regard to differing opinions and the one piece of modern art in particular that we discussed at length that bugged my husband, Ken, and his struggle to label it is art
  3. Ken’s view of culture at work - what it’s like to communicate with each other and be a part of the team
  4. The importance of asking the real, specific, honest questions about work that you want answered and not to erode the meaning of the word “culture”
  5. Some companies do not have a culture, and if they do, it varies from one location to another
  6. The need to look at company culture honestly and why companies may need to do audits to understand culture and motivation

Resources from this episode:

Hiring for Culture is Broken Presentation


Dan Flavin, the diagonal of May 25, 1963, 1963 at SFMOMA 

Ackland Art Museum

Brittany Runs a Marathon

Alamo Drafthouse Cinema - Raleigh

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