The Thermostat Season 2 Ep 3: Culture Is Your Competitive Advantage

In a world littered with choices for everything, culture is your competitive advantage! People want to be a part of something greater than themselves and they want more than just a transaction. Is your culture your competitive advantage?


0:49 – Jason shares a story about working with the chief people officer of a company and making choices to improve culture. We live in a world of great choice, from craft beers to grocery store toothpaste we have almost infinite choices.

3:25 – Culture is your competitive advantage. In a world of choices, think about this through the lens of your team, your business, your company. What makes you stand out?

4:30 – Its about the culture that you create at your company and the culture of the relationships you create that differentiates you.

5:12 – The culture of what you do and how you do is everything. Whether people want to be part of your culture and make that choice. Jason brings home the point of how important culture is to your organization.

6:10 – Jason talks about how important culture is to fulfilling your employees and your people. Make them engaged in your unique culture and keep them happy.

6:52 – Jason shares a story of working with Restauranteur, Cameron Mitchell. How has he been able to keep a company, many many restaurants successful?

8:45 – How does Jason make a living? How do you compete? A unique question from an audience member brought a great response about culture and having a meaningful message that Jason shares.

10:16 – Be uniquely you. Set the temperature for the temperature that you want. Those who resonate with your approach will be your partners.

11:45 – Jason talks about how he works with his clients and how he shares his messages and content to others.

12:55 – This is your helpful nudge forward with some questions to ponder:

    1. What is the culture you want people to experience who work with you, your team, your company?

    2. What is unique and authentic about your culture?

    3. What are you doing to develop that unique culture?

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A thermostat is proactive. It sets the temperature in a room. Controls the temperature. Regulates the temperature. But in today’s distracted, fast-paced and digital world, it’s easy for individuals and organizations to act more like thermometers, slipping into reactionary thinking, becoming scattered and inconsistent. The most compelling leaders, teams, organizations, families or collection of humans of any kind operate in thermostat mode. They calibrate their mind and heart to set the temperature for the vision and culture they want to create. Jason Barger, globally celebrated author, keynote speaker and founder of Step Back Leadership Consulting, is the host of The Thermostat, a podcast journey to discover authentic leadership, create compelling cultures and find clarity of mission, vision and values.