Culture Archives - Kathy Varol


What can Formula 1 teach us about culture?

I’ve never followed Formula 1, but I recently got hooked on the Netflix series Drive To Survive, and the unique organizational culture that propels the sport. There’s a lot about teamwork and collaboration that can be learned from the pit. In Formula 1, over the course of nine months, ten …

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Why you should rock the boat

The absence of psychological safety can show up in different ways. Acting “professionally” can be a social filter that doesn’t match reality. And if you’re in a toxic work culture, it can be a damaging filter. It can mean not calling out the elephant in the room. It can mean …

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This common practice is toxic for your culture

“We’re having a party Saturday afternoon, want to come over?” I asked a friend. “I can’t,” she says, “I have to work all weekend.” The reason she can’t come is that she’s doing the job she got promoted to months ago, while still doing her previous job that the company …

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Don’t fake it until you make it (here’s why)

“Fake it until you make it.” I used to love this phrase. The way it bolstered my confidence to try something I didn’t know how to do. It gave me permission to go after jobs I wasn’t 100% sure I could do with my eyes closed from day one. But …

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What culture are you shaping?

When you work in brand marketing, or anywhere in a marketing-driven company, an interesting thing happens. Or more accurately, an interesting expectation happens. Suddenly, your choices are no longer your own. They become a representation of the brand you work for. If you work at adidas or Nike, the company …

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