Best 86 Quotes & Tweets on Culture

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If your company requires you to work nights and weekends, your company is broken. This is a managerial problem, not your problem. This is a process problem, not a personal problem. This is an ownership problem, not an individual problem.

Jason Fried

Jason Fried

@jasonfried

2

Journalists aren't neutral - they're the cavalry in the culture wars.

Naval Ravikant

Naval Ravikant

@naval

3

If you notice something at your company below standards and don't fix it or make sure someone else does, you have set a new standard. Complaining about it does not count as fixing it. If someone gets upset/tells you to stay in your lane, they've set an even worse new standard.

Sam Altman

Sam Altman

@sama

4

It saddens me that "must be passionate" has become code word for "must be willing to work two-jobs hours for one-job pay".

DHH

DHH

@dhh

5

The web isn’t just another software platform. It’s the greatest software platform the world has ever seen. No permissions, no masters, readable source code. Let’s protect the heritage, work in its service, and remind ourselves just what a marvel it all really is.

DHH

DHH

@dhh

6

One of the most effective things you can do to build better habits is to join a culture where your desired behavior is the normal behavior. New habits seem achievable when you see others doing them every day.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

7

One of the most damaging and widespread social beliefs is the idea that most adults are incapable of learning new skills.

Naval Ravikant

Naval Ravikant

@naval

8

Ever notice how the biggest fans of overwork are usually investors or company owners? And the primary victims of this culture are workers? If you’re in the latter group, developing a bit of class consciousness would serve you well.

DHH

DHH

@dhh

9

As a CEO, your job is actually to do nothing. CEOs who actually perform duties within their companies are failing. Your job is to set strategy and culture, delegate, and incentivize. Same goes for executives. You are just more focused mini-CEOs, who report up.

Andrew Wilkinson

Andrew Wilkinson

@awilkinson

10

I don’t 100% agree with anyone - not even myself. I’m always surprised when Person A disqualifies Person B as a source of learning simply because Person B said/did something that Person A doesn’t agree with. Full agreement is a terrible requirement to place on anyone.

Jason Fried

Jason Fried

@jasonfried

11

Remember when “working real hard” had a goal? Like getting out of a shitty situation, so you could stop wearing yourself thin. Now the prize for “working real hard” and making it big is that you get to “work real hard” forever. Hustle culture sucks.

DHH

DHH

@dhh

12

Company culture isn’t a moment in time. It’s not something you write down. Culture is the by-product of consistent behavior. It’s what you do over time. Your current company culture is essentially a 50-day moving average of your actions.

Jason Fried

Jason Fried

@jasonfried

13

Searching for 10x engineers before you’ve ensured you have a 10x workplace is the epitome of premature optimization.

DHH

DHH

@dhh

14

The things that matter aren't sexy. Culture teaches us to seek money, power, and fame. And yet, we are no happier with these things. What fulfills us is being a mom or a dad, a son or a daughter, a partner, a soul mate, a trusted friend, ... to the people in our lives.

Shane Parrish

Shane Parrish

@ShaneAParrish

15

People are plenty productive. It's systems that aren't. It's the process, the methods, the overbearing oversight, the absence of trust, the incessant checking-in, the lack of contiguous time, and the red tape that bog things down, not the people doing the work itself.

Jason Fried

Jason Fried

@jasonfried

16

If you have to get up at 4am to get any work done, your workplace is broken.

DHH

DHH

@dhh

17

If you don’t like the CEO you won’t like the company.

Sahil Lavingia

Sahil Lavingia

@shl

18

The future of remote work is flexible, asynchronous work.

Sahil Lavingia

Sahil Lavingia

@shl

19

So much of culture reinforces the message that we should be accepted and liked rather than think independently, compete, and challenge the status quo. The oppositive approach works better. Embrace independent thinking. Compete with yourself. Earn respect, not popularity.

Shane Parrish

Shane Parrish

@ShaneAParrish

20

You can’t create a company culture. A culture always exists, even before a company is officially formed. You can only adjust the culture you have. You can adjust it a little or a lot, but you’re always starting from the current position.

Jason Fried

Jason Fried

@jasonfried

21

Company culture isn't defined by writing them up in a document & then onboarding new employees by preaching the gospel. It's defined by every decision you make & the bar you uphold while you operate. Being explicit merely clarifies them.

Suhail Doshi

Suhail Doshi

@Suhail

22

Each new generation has to inflict more and more cultural horrors on their parents to actually shock them.

Naval Ravikant

Naval Ravikant

@naval

23

One beautiful thing about the Silicon Valley culture is that so many meetings end with "How can I help?"

Naval Ravikant

Naval Ravikant

@naval

24

It took me a long time to realize: It's okay not to be best friends with your coworkers. A culture that penalizes someone if they only show up, get their work done, and leave, is a subpar culture.

Sahil Lavingia

Sahil Lavingia

@shl

25

Company culture is the by-product of consistent behavior. What you do always wins against what you intend to do.

Jason Fried

Jason Fried

@jasonfried

26

Mirrors and clocks transformed society, but they’re so old that nobody questions them. Clocks created a culture of anxiety. Mirrors created a culture of narcissism.

David Perell

David Perell

@david_perell

27

The right teammates: give you energy, create natural social accountability, increase your optimism, enhance your focus, support your learning. The wrong teammates: create fear, reduce safety, fatigue, chastise your inexperience, micro-manage, demotivate. Find the right team.

Suhail Doshi

Suhail Doshi

@Suhail

28

If you want to build deep friendships, you need extended time with people. Unfortunately, western culture makes this hard. Here’s my heuristic: Aim for at least three hours of conversation whenever you’re with a friend. Anything shorter leaves no room for the soul.

David Perell

David Perell

@david_perell

29

Dishonest “sugarcoated” feedback will surely poison your product & culture. Honest “raw” feedback—which at times will be very negative—will surely strengthen your product & culture (if delivered with class). No matter how badly it stings, always deliver honest feedback.

Brian Norgard

Brian Norgard

@BrianNorgard

30

Time to redefine what it means to give employees *options*. How about the option to work 40 hours and not be penalized when promotions come up? Or the option to not be bothered all day long? Or the option to cut a project back instead of working weekends? Or the option to…

Jason Fried

Jason Fried

@jasonfried

31

The foundation of a successful culture and organization is rigor of thought.

Keith Rabois

Keith Rabois

@rabois

32

One of the toughest aspects of building a new product is you have to predict correctly a massive change in a critical technological, cultural or behavioral vector. That goes way beyond the ability to build something.

Brian Norgard

Brian Norgard

@BrianNorgard

33

If your brand is going to be active on platforms where cultural moments are happening, you better prioritize hiring someone who understands culture

Matthew Kobach

Matthew Kobach

@mkobach

34

The higher up you go in an organization, the less you actually know about how the organization *actually* runs. And the CEO is always the last to know.

Jason Fried

Jason Fried

@jasonfried

35

Every city has different billboards. 1) San Francisco: Highway 101 promotes tech companies. 2) Los Angeles: Sunset Boulevard promotes movies. 3) New York: The subway promotes direct-to-consumer brands. Billboards reveal a city’s culture.

David Perell

David Perell

@david_perell

36

The biggest threat to your organization isn't external competition, it's internal culture.

Shane Parrish

Shane Parrish

@ShaneAParrish

37

Social media marketing requires as much learning as is does unlearning. Never be married to an idea that used to work. Platforms, algorithms, and culture all change to quickly.

Matthew Kobach

Matthew Kobach

@mkobach

38

Save money on rent. Spend money on people.

Jason Fried

Jason Fried

@jasonfried

39

One big difference between Western and Eastern cultures. One runs into many more lost souls in the West, disconnected from family and tribe.

Naval Ravikant

Naval Ravikant

@naval

40

Culture is what culture does. Culture isn’t what you intend it to be. It’s not what you hope or aspire for it to be. It’s what you do.

DHH

DHH

@dhh

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Organizations often signal what they lack. For example ... The more an organization tries to win a top employer award, the worse they actually are to work with. The award only feeds the ego of the people in the building. When you're great, you don't have to tell people.

Shane Parrish

Shane Parrish

@ShaneAParrish

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Screen-time limit enforcement set by parents on their kids’ devices is going to indoctrinate an entire generation into blindly accepting “computer says no”. If you want to be a petty authoritarian, have the decency to rip that device out of their little hands yourself 😘☠️

DHH

DHH

@dhh

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Most companies have tons of underutilized talent: * Employees overlooked during executive transitions. * Teammates who struggle to scale with a startup as the company grows. * People in the wrong role. Find these people and help them be productive. You can change their life.

Jeff Morris Jr.

Jeff Morris Jr.

@jmj

44

Company cultures dominated by the belief that everyone should be in the chat room constantly or check it every five minutes are toxic.

DHH

DHH

@dhh

45

Employee benefit of the future: Get paid to sleep a full 8 hours a night.

Jason Fried

Jason Fried

@jasonfried

46

Increasingly convinced that the primary use of a lot of startup culture is to squeeze more hours out of each employee. Free catered meals, OKRs, and unlimited vacation days maximize hours per salaried employee – instead of, for example, paying overtime.

Sahil Lavingia

Sahil Lavingia

@shl

47

It begs belief how some are surprised when US drones kill your father, mother, son, daughter, brother, or sister, makes you want revenge.

DHH

DHH

@dhh

48

The easiest way for organizations to improve decision making instantly is to remove decisions from groups and assign them to individuals.

Shane Parrish

Shane Parrish

@ShaneAParrish

49

Workplace cultures in politics & tech share many similarities: Overwork is glorified; long hours are the norm; communication comes with the expectation of immediate response; and those that opt out are seen as lacking hustle or ceding ground to competitors…

Jason Fried

Jason Fried

@jasonfried

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Like personal habits, company habits are formed early and hard to break. The early days - under 10 people - are the most important.

Jason Fried

Jason Fried

@jasonfried