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30 Company Culture Quotes To Motivate and Inspire Your Workplace

Sep 23, 2020

Many of the most successful companies have one thing in common: a strong company culture that values its employees. And it’s no coincidence. Many studies (including this one by the Harvard Business School) find that company culture directly drives performance.

No matter their role, everyone in the office can play a part in improving office culture. If you are looking to create or strengthen a positive company culture, be sure to take inspiration from this list of great company culture quotes said by some of the most successful company culture thought leaders.

And if you find one—or a few—that you like, be sure to share this with your team to help motivate everyone to work toward a culture that boosts employee morale and productivity.

Inspiring Quotes About Company Culture

  1. “Corporate culture is the only sustainable competitive advantage that is completely within the control of the entrepreneur. Develop a strong corporate culture first and foremost.”—David Cummings, Co-founder of Pardot

  2. “In determining the right people, the good-to-great companies placed greater weight on character attributes than on specific educational background, practical skills, specialized knowledge, or work experience.” —Jim Collins, Business consultant and author

  3. “The real competitive advantage in any business is one word only, which is “people”. —Kamil Toume, Author

  4. “I used to believe that culture was ‘soft,’ and had little bearing on our bottom line. What I believe today is that our culture has everything to do with our bottom line, now and into the future.” —Vern Dosch, former CEO, NISC

  5. “Culture eats strategy for breakfast.” —Peter Drucker, Management consultant and author

  6. “To win in the marketplace you must first win in the workplace.” —Doug Conant, CEO, Campbell’s

  7. “Culture is like the wind. It is invisible; yet its effect can be seen and felt.”­­—Bryan Walker, Partner and Managing Director, Ideo

  8. “On what high-performing companies should be striving to create: A great place for great people to do great work.”—Marilyn Carlson, former CEO, Carlson Companies

  9. “With a single, unifying drive behind both your culture and your brand, you reap the benefits of a focused and aligned workforce.” —Denise Lee Yohn, Author

  10. “Being a great place to work is the difference between being a good company and a great company.” —Brian Kristofek, President and CEO, Upshot

  11. “Customers will never love a company until the employees love it first.” —Simon Sinek, Author

  12. “When people go to work, they shouldn’t have to leave their hearts at home.”—Betty Bender former president, Library Administration and Management Association (LAMA)

  13. “Determine what behaviors and beliefs you value as a company, and have everyone live true to them. These behaviors and beliefs should be so essential to your core, that you don’t even think of it as culture.” —Brittany Forsyth, VP of Human Relations, Shopify

  14. “Performance more often comes down to a cultural challenge, rather than simply a technical one.” —Lara Hogan, Senior Engineering Manager of Performance, Etsy

  15. “Our secret weapon for building the best culture is open and honest feedback.” —Gina Lau, Team Operations, HelloSign

  16. “It’s about getting the best people, retaining them, nurturing a creative environment & helping to find a way to innovate.” —Marissa Mayer, President and CEO, Yahoo

  17. “Company Culture is the product of a company’s values, expectations and environment.” —Courtney Chapman, Product Manager, Rubicon Project

  18. “In this ever-changing society, the most powerful and enduring brands are built from the heart. They are real and sustainable. Their foundations are stronger because they are built with the strength of the human spirit, not an ad campaign. The companies that are lasting are those that are authentic.” —Howard Schultz, CEO, Starbucks

  19. “Make sure everybody in the company has great opportunities, has a meaningful impact and is contributing to the good of society.” —Larry Page, American software engineer

  20. “A big part of our people-first culture is treating people with respect and transparency.” —Arne Sorenson, President and CEO, Marriott International

  21. “Highly engaged employees make the customer experience. Disengaged employees break it.”—Timothy R. Clark, Founder and CEO, LeaderFactor

  22. “Organizational Culture is the “water” in the fishbowl. If the water is clean, nourishing, energizing the fish will thrive and if the water is toxic the fish will die leaving the infrastructure value-less.”—Ranjan De Silva, Partner, Senior Management Consultant, Sensei International

  23. “A hallmark of a healthy creative culture is that its people feel free to share ideas, opinions, and criticisms.” —Co-Founder, Pixar

  24. “By constantly reinforcing the values of the culture, companies can attract and retain individuals who value and thrive in that culture.” —Robert Spector, Author and Co-Founder, RSi

  25. “Culture is what motivates and retains talented employees.” —Betty Thompson, Chief People Officer, Booz Allen Hamilton

  26. "Engaging the hearts, minds, and hands of talent is the most sustainable source of competitive advantage." -Greg Harris, President & CEO, Quantum Workplace

  27. “Most companies overlook the most basic of all training functions: the onboarding of new employees into their corporate culture.” —Jay Samit, Former Independent Vice Chairman, Deloitte

  28. “Company culture is what employees live and breathe every day in the workplace.” —Mike Zani, CEO, The Predictive Index

  29. “Dispirited, unmotivated, unappreciated workers cannot compete in a highly competitive world.” —Francis Hesselbein, former CEO, Girl Scouts of the USA

  30. “Organizational culture is a combination of 'what’s truly important to us?' and 'how do we behave with each other, our customers, our business partners, and the community at large?'” —Joe Calloway, Leadership Keynote Speaker

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