Most leaders know that a strong culture is a foundation for building a great organization, but great cultures don't just happen on their own. Rather, they're designed and built systematically, brick by brick. Each week, join David J. Friedman, the best-selling author of Culture by Design, as he speaks with extraordinary leaders, from all walks of life, and they share their biggest successes, failures, and lessons learned on their culture journeys. If you're searching for the best insights on building a high-performing culture, then Culture Architects, a production of ForbesBooks, is for you.
Episode 13 | Part Two : Meighan Newhouse
In this new episode, David and Meg continue talking about intentional hiring practices at Inspirant Group. Meg shares what lessons she’s learned from her mistakes and delves deeper into what it means to lead a people-first company.
Episode 13 | Part One : Meighan Newhouse
Our latest Culture Architect is Meg Newhouse — co-founder and CEO of Inspirant Group. In 2017, Meg was one of three seasoned consultants who started the Chicago-based firm that has since garnered attention for the work it describes as “unconsulting.” In this episode, Meg talks about the origins of “unconsulting,” and walks David through the ways in which she has been intentional about leading the company.
Episode 12 | Part Two : Bradley Whitchurch
David continues his conversation with Brad Whitchurch. In this second part, Brad shares mistakes made and lessons learned from building the culture at Seal Shield, as well as his hopes and projections for the future of the company.
Episode 12 | Part One : Bradley Whitchurch
In this episode, David welcomes Brad Whitchurch, the founder, CEO, and chairman of Seal Shield. In 2006, Brad invented the world’s first dishwasher-safe keyboard and mouse, and grew the company into an internationally recognized provider of infection control solutions. Today, Seal Shield is an award-winning workplace that is intentional about its people and its company culture. At their helm is Brad Whitchurch, a true Culture Architect.
Episode 11 | Part Two : Zach McLeroy
David wraps up part one of his conversation with Zach McLeroy. In part two, Zach discussed how he selected his team members to maintain Zaxby’s company culture, as well as his vision for the future of Zaxby’s.
Episode 11 | Part One : Zach McLeroy
For this episode of Culture Architects, David sits down with Zach McLeroy, the co-founder and chairman of Zaxby’s. Since opening his first location in 1990, Zach’s leadership has led the way to Zaxby’s becoming the 30th largest restaurant chain in the United States. From humble beginnings, to a billion-dollar franchise, Zach attributes Zaxby’s growth to the intentional relationships made within the company. Zaxby’s company culture is at the core of their success, making Zach a fantastic culture architect.