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Driving Results Through Culture

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S. Chris Edmonds

The Purposeful Culture Group

Author of the Amazon best seller The Culture Engine

One of Inc.'s Top 100 Leadership Speakers of 2018

One of Richtopia's 200 Top Influential Authors 

Apr 15, 2019

I’m fascinated to learn how companies with purposeful, positive, productive work cultures make that happen – and make sure it keeps happening every day.

We got a wonderful “behind the scenes” look recently at one of Glassdoor’s 2019 Employee’s Choice Best Places to Work – Trader Joe’s.

Last month, a Trader Joe’s employee opened a discussion on Reddit, inviting questions about the unique work culture there, why employees are so happy there, and more.

In response to “why are employees so happy there?,” this employee said, in short, “we’re treated very well.” This employee described five characteristics of their culture:
* No bureaucracy
* Be yourself
* Act with integrity (which is one of their company values)
* Great environment
* Great coworkers

None of these characteristics surprise us Trader Joe’s shoppers. We can see employees’ joy and are wow’ed by the service we enjoy and by the store’s terrific products.

What is shocking is that so few organizations embrace these characteristics. Despite the knowledge that integrity and respect build great workplaces, too many organizations are lousy places to work in.

In today's episode of my Culture Leadership Charge series, I share details about how Trader Joe’s leverages those five characteristics to create incredible employee happiness.



This is episode sixty-four of Chris' Culture Leadership Charge video & podcast series. In these concise episodes, Chris presents the best practices for creating and maintaining a purposeful, positive, productive culture - at work, at home, and in your community.

This content was released in video format on Chris' website,, on April 15, 2019.

Check out Chris' YouTube channel to view all of his short, crisp Culture Leadership Charge video episodes.