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September 29, 2017

Company Culture & Leadership Development

While opinions differ on whether great leaders are born or molded, most can agree on what the essential components of great leadership are. These involve everything from building trust to communicating openly to knowing how to leverage the unique skills and talents of different teams and team members.

Interior shot of a modern-looking digital agency, with one employee sitting at his desk and typing.

At Blackstone Media, we agree with all of this, but we also believe that leaders play a pivotal role in shaping your unique company culture that differentiates one agency from another. This is a recurring theme you’ll see in a handful of this week’s Top 5 articles, so check it out to see what Taylor and Rebecca had to say!

1. Prioritize Culture: 13 Ways To Make Your Agency An Interesting Place To Work
“We’re very proud of the culture we’ve cultivated here at BSM, and it’s something we love showing off every chance we get. That said, I firmly believe that it’s a responsibility of all agency leaders to create environments that are dynamic yet comfortable for their team members, and that goes far beyond the physical layout of your workspace.”
-Rebecca Brady, Chief Operating Officer

2. 1,000 True Fans
“I’m re-reading some Tim Ferriss and this essay is one of the best parts of ‘Tools of Titans’”
-Taylor Trusty, CEO (from Twitter: @ttrusty)

3. What’s missing in leadership development?
“Even if you don’t work in a traditional leadership capacity, everyone has to be ready to assume the role at times. That’s why it’s important for people to be prepared. A lot has been written about what works and what doesn’t when it comes to developing leaders, and a lot of those opinions conflict. This offers an interesting high-level take on what’s missing from all sides of the argument.”
-Rebecca Brady, Chief Operating Officer

4. Naval Ravikant on Reading, Happiness, Systems for Decision Making, Habits, Honesty and More
“Interview with @naval is the best thing I’ve listened to in a long time. If you’re a curious person, you’ll enjoy.”
-Taylor Trusty, CEO (from Twitter: @ttrusty)

5. Leaders Can Shape Company Culture Through Their Behaviors
“Expertly combines the two other topics I touched on this week: culture and leadership. The author does a great job emphasizing how closely intertwined the two really are by discussing the ‘top-down’ influence that leaders have, with great examples from United Airlines and Amazon. Key takeaway: Be the culture you want your company to be.”
-Rebecca Brady, Chief Operating Officer