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OUR CULTURE CODE
INSPIRING POSITIVE ACTION
There are companies and there are amazing
companies. Creating a company is easy. Anyone
can do it. But creating an amazing...
DEFINITION:
amazing
causing great surprise or
wonder; astonishing. very
impressive; excellent.
THE POWER OF 3
Amazing companies have 3 things in common.
When all 3 combine, something magic happens.
The ingredients of
...
To create an amazing
company, we need a culture
that enables people to achieve
amazing results.
A culture inspired by the
principles of autonomy,
mastery and purpose.
Autonomy... Mastery... Purpose
these are the building blocks of a new way of
doing things.
Daniel H. Pink
Drive: The Surpr...
AUTONOMY
The desire to direct our
own lives.
MASTERY
The urge to get better and
better at something that
matters.
PURPOSE
The yearning to do what
we do in the service of
something larger than
ourselves.
STARTING WITH OUR WHY:
OUR PURPOSE
THE GOLDEN CIRCLE
People don’t buy WHAT you
do, they buy WHY you do
it. And WHAT you do simply
proves what you believe.
Simon Sinek
Start wi...
At Sift Media, we believe
people should be
inspired, every day.
We believe that inspiration:
Sparks ideas.
Fosters curiosity.
Builds knowledge.
Connects people.
Inspires action.
Transfor...
In everything we do, we believe in
inspiring people to take the
actions that improve their lives
and livelihoods, every da...
THE APPROACH WE TAKE:
OUR HOW
We deliver our ‘WHY’ by
focusing on how we can
positively impact and support
the daily workflow of the
people we work with...
We aim to be an integral part
of their workflow to help
solve problems, connect with
peers and transform the way
they get ...
OUR ‘HOW’
Sparking ideas that inspire and
support the daily workflows of
the people we work with and
for. Through practica...
THE APPROACH WE TAKE:
OUR WHAT
OUR ‘WHAT’
Our 5
product areas
that support
people's’ daily
workflow
Advertising
Campaigns
Data
Community
Editorial
Guides...
HOW WE DELIVER OUR WHY:
OUR CULTURE
We’re a fast growing
business with a rapidly
growing team.
A lot of our growth is
down to our people and
our culture.
Our people
make growth
happen.
Our culture
enables growth
to happen.
People
Culture
Growth
The foundations of our
culture and values were
established by our founder
and CEO, Ben Heald.
Since then, we’ve spent time
with our teams to capture the
things that make up our
culture.
We call this our Culture Code.
WHAT IS CULTURE?
AND WHY WE CARE.
WHAT IS
CULTURE?
It’s a 'way of life' that explains
why groups do things. It’s the
shared beliefs, values and
practices. I...
“A Company is a culture. A
group of people brought together
around a common set of values
and beliefs. It’s not products o...
THE IMPORTANCE OF
CULTURE
“The stronger the culture, the less
corporate process a company needs.
When the culture is stron...
A great culture creates an
amazing place to work, amazing
people to work with, and the
opportunity to create amazing
work....
“Culture should give you
structure to scale fast
and extreme clarity
around what makes your
approach unique.”
Mark Arnoldy...
WE DEVELOP OUR
CULTURE BY:
Upholding our principles in everything we do.
Living our culture in everything we do.
The way w...
SIFT MEDIA CULTURE CODE
OUR BELIEFS, VALUES AND PRACTICES
This is our Culture Code.
It describes our shared beliefs,
values and practices.
It explains what makes
Sift Media, ‘us’.
Our culture is always evolving
as we develop and grow.
But our reason for being, our
WHY, will always remain.
In everything we do, we believe in
inspiring people to take the
actions that improve their lives
and livelihoods, every da...
Our 8 principles help
understand our
cultural identity.
They explain our behaviours.
They inspire the actions we take.
They explain who we are and
who we want to be.
They drive o...
1. We always put people first.
2. We are relentless in pursuing our purpose in everything we do.
3. We obsess over our aud...
We always put
people first.
1
People make a great company.
They develop the ideas that inspire action.
They create the buzz that encourages our
developm...
By putting people first, we
create engaged employees,
loyal audiences, happy
clients.
"In the end everything
comes down to the people;
a business is nothing
more than a community
of human beings. They're
the ...
2We are relentless in
pursuing our purpose
in everything we do.
Our purpose drives
everything we do.
The way we behave.
The way we work.
The value we create.
The difference we make.
Our purpose connects us to
the people we work with and
for. It shapes our way
forward.
It provides people with a clear
vie...
It helps us attract and retain
the talent that creates an
amazing company.
It’s the reason we do what we do.
We obsess over
our audiences.
3
Our audiences are at the heart of
what we do.
We revolve around their needs
focusing our efforts to inspire
them to take t...
Our goal is to inspire people
by providing the insight,
knowledge and connections
that help them master their
daily challe...
That encourages them to
embrace new ideas. That helps
them develop and grow. That
provides the practical advice
to help th...
We are autonomous
with purpose.
4
“Your art is what you do
when no one can tell you
exactly how to do it. Your
art is the act of taking
personal responsibil...
We value autonomy with
purpose.
We set our direction through
goals that help us focus on
delivering our purpose. But how
w...
We actively encourage an
entrepreneurial spirit to drive
our goals.
We embrace collaboration to
connect people, spark idea...
We organise to work
efficiently and effectively
(not late), to get the job
done.
At Sift Media,
everyone is
allowed to...
Simon Sinek
Re:Focus: You Are
Allowed by Simon Sinek
Make the decision you
think is the right
decision to make.
Simon Sinek
Re:Focus: You Are
Allowed by Simon Sinek
Start something that
needs to be done.
Simon Sinek
Re:Focus: You Are
Allowed by Simon Sinek
Ask for help whenever
you want it.
Simon Sinek
Re:Focus: You Are
Allowed by Simon Sinek
Help others whenever
you can (even if they
don’t ask for it).
Simon Sinek
Re:Focus: You Are
Allowed by Simon Sinek
We foster a mindset of
curiosity to continually
improve what we do.5
We really value curiosity.
It keeps us learning and
evolving. It sparks the
ideas that help people
grow. It creates a mind...
A MINDSET FOR
GROWTH
People with a fixed mindset seek
approval; those with a growth
mindset seek development.
The fixed mi...
By being curious and having a
mindset for growth, we
develop the skills that enable
people to get better and better
at del...
We encourage and support
people to develop. To grow
their mastery. To shape our
innovation. To drive our
growth. To focus ...
“Mastery… the urge to
get better and better
at something that
matters.”
Daniel H. Pink
Drive: The Surprising Truth About
W...
6
We measure the
metrics that reveal the
insights that matter.
Metrics help us create value.
They identify opportunities
where we can make a
difference. They help us
focus on the things...
They ensure we are
creating value for our
audiences. That we do our
best for our clients. And
that our employees get
bette...
They help us focus on the
things that will make a
difference. That we pick the
projects that will make an
impact. That we ...
Through knowledge and
insight from our metrics that
matter, we make a difference
by focusing on the things
that matter. To...
“People think focus means saying
yes to the thing you've got to
focus on. But that's not what it
means at all. It means sa...
We believe in being
transparent and
honest at all times.7
We believe in honesty.
Encouraging people to
speak up. To share the ups
and downs.
To always do what’s right.
It helps create trust.
It pulls people together.
It helps everyone play their
role in delivering value.
“Trust is the glue of life.
It's the most essential
ingredient in effective
communication. It's the
foundational principle...
We do it so we
can have a little
fun along the way.8
We are a strong believer in having
fun.
Summer parties. Christmas parties.
Sporting events. Out of work teams.
Supporting ...
1. We always put people first.
2. We are relentless in pursuing our purpose in everything we do.
3. We obsess over our aud...
At Sift Media,
everyone has a
purpose. Here’s how
you can find yours.
IDENTIFYING OUR:
PERSONAL
PURPOSE
“Purpose is believing
that whatever
you do matters.”
Aaron Hurst
The Purpose Economy
Relationships
with the people in your
“team.” You love working
together and challenging
each other.
Aaron Hurst
The Purpos...
Do you know what your purpose is? Do
you know what drives you?
Find your purpose by taking a free short
survey to identify...
Our Culture Code is
inspired by a number
of talented people
and organisations.
People that inspired us
Organisations that inspired us
Simon SinekStart
with WHY
TED Talk
Re:Focus: You Are
Allowed
Brian ...
We’re Sift Media.
We inspire action.
BRISTOL LONDON BOSTON
www.siftmedia.co.uk
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  1. OUR CULTURE CODE INSPIRING POSITIVE ACTION
  2. There are companies and there are amazing companies. Creating a company is easy. Anyone can do it. But creating an amazing company takes something different. Amazing companies are the places that inspire people. They are the companies people aspire to work for and work with. They are the companies so in tune with the people they serve that people want to follow them. They want to be a part of the work they produce. Amazing companies are where opportunities exist. Where people learn and grow. Where people shape and influence the work they do because they know what needs to be done. Where people can do their best work. Amazing companies are the companies people love. This document sets out how we are creating that amazing company.
  3. DEFINITION: amazing causing great surprise or wonder; astonishing. very impressive; excellent.
  4. THE POWER OF 3 Amazing companies have 3 things in common. When all 3 combine, something magic happens. The ingredients of an amazing company 1. Piercing clarity on their PURPOSE 2. PEOPLE that make a difference 3. Strong CULTURE that enables people
  5. To create an amazing company, we need a culture that enables people to achieve amazing results.
  6. A culture inspired by the principles of autonomy, mastery and purpose.
  7. Autonomy... Mastery... Purpose these are the building blocks of a new way of doing things. Daniel H. Pink Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us
  8. AUTONOMY The desire to direct our own lives.
  9. MASTERY The urge to get better and better at something that matters.
  10. PURPOSE The yearning to do what we do in the service of something larger than ourselves.
  11. STARTING WITH OUR WHY: OUR PURPOSE
  12. THE GOLDEN CIRCLE
  13. People don’t buy WHAT you do, they buy WHY you do it. And WHAT you do simply proves what you believe. Simon Sinek Start with WHY
  14. At Sift Media, we believe people should be inspired, every day.
  15. We believe that inspiration: Sparks ideas. Fosters curiosity. Builds knowledge. Connects people. Inspires action. Transforms organisations. Changes lives.
  16. In everything we do, we believe in inspiring people to take the actions that improve their lives and livelihoods, every day. OUR ‘WHY’
  17. THE APPROACH WE TAKE: OUR HOW
  18. We deliver our ‘WHY’ by focusing on how we can positively impact and support the daily workflow of the people we work with and for.
  19. We aim to be an integral part of their workflow to help solve problems, connect with peers and transform the way they get things done.
  20. OUR ‘HOW’ Sparking ideas that inspire and support the daily workflows of the people we work with and for. Through practical, engaging and action-oriented content, we help people embrace new ideas, change and take positive action. Organising collaborative communities to connect people, enable discussions, share knowledge and help each other in their daily lives. We deliver our how by focusing on 3 key areas - Content, Conversations and Conversions. Through a combination of all 3, we develop the insights that help us improve everything we do in the pursuit of our purpose. Providing clear paths that inspire people to take meaningful action that adds daily value to their lives and livelihoods.
  21. THE APPROACH WE TAKE: OUR WHAT
  22. OUR ‘WHAT’ Our 5 product areas that support people's’ daily workflow Advertising Campaigns Data Community Editorial Guides Toolkits Community Reports Surveys Cognitive research Interviews Talent acquisition Our current product set is designed to positively impact on the daily workflows of the people we work with and for.
  23. HOW WE DELIVER OUR WHY: OUR CULTURE
  24. We’re a fast growing business with a rapidly growing team.
  25. A lot of our growth is down to our people and our culture.
  26. Our people make growth happen. Our culture enables growth to happen. People Culture Growth
  27. The foundations of our culture and values were established by our founder and CEO, Ben Heald.
  28. Since then, we’ve spent time with our teams to capture the things that make up our culture. We call this our Culture Code.
  29. WHAT IS CULTURE? AND WHY WE CARE.
  30. WHAT IS CULTURE? It’s a 'way of life' that explains why groups do things. It’s the shared beliefs, values and practices. It’s our shared code, our way of getting things done.
  31. “A Company is a culture. A group of people brought together around a common set of values and beliefs. It’s not products or services that bind a company together. It’s not the size and might that make a company strong, it’s the culture - the strong sense of beliefs and values that everyone from the CEO to the receptionist, all share.” Simon Sinek Start with WHY
  32. THE IMPORTANCE OF CULTURE “The stronger the culture, the less corporate process a company needs. When the culture is strong, you can trust everyone to do the right thing. People can be independent and autonomous. They can be entrepreneurial. And if we have a company that is entrepreneurial in spirit, we will be able to take our next “(wo)man on the moon” leap.”
  33. A great culture creates an amazing place to work, amazing people to work with, and the opportunity to create amazing work. It helps us achieve our amazing ambitions.
  34. “Culture should give you structure to scale fast and extreme clarity around what makes your approach unique.” Mark Arnoldy CEO, Possible
  35. WE DEVELOP OUR CULTURE BY: Upholding our principles in everything we do. Living our culture in everything we do. The way we work together. The way we communicate. The constructive feedback we give each other. The people we invite to join the team. The way we behave.
  36. SIFT MEDIA CULTURE CODE OUR BELIEFS, VALUES AND PRACTICES
  37. This is our Culture Code. It describes our shared beliefs, values and practices. It explains what makes Sift Media, ‘us’.
  38. Our culture is always evolving as we develop and grow. But our reason for being, our WHY, will always remain.
  39. In everything we do, we believe in inspiring people to take the actions that improve their lives and livelihoods, every day.
  40. Our 8 principles help understand our cultural identity.
  41. They explain our behaviours. They inspire the actions we take. They explain who we are and who we want to be. They drive our ‘inspire action’ culture.
  42. 1. We always put people first. 2. We are relentless in pursuing our purpose in everything we do. 3. We obsess over our audiences. 4. We are autonomous with purpose. 5. We foster a mindset of curiosity to continually improve. 6. We measure the metrics that reveal the insights that matter. 7. We believe in being transparent and honest at all times. 8. We do it all so we can have a little fun along the way. SIFT MEDIA CULTURE CODE OUR BELIEFS, VALUES AND PRACTICES
  43. We always put people first. 1
  44. People make a great company. They develop the ideas that inspire action. They create the buzz that encourages our development. They shape the service we provide the people we serve. People create a happy and positive environment.
  45. By putting people first, we create engaged employees, loyal audiences, happy clients.
  46. "In the end everything comes down to the people; a business is nothing more than a community of human beings. They're the ones looking after your business, you should look after them."
  47. 2We are relentless in pursuing our purpose in everything we do.
  48. Our purpose drives everything we do. The way we behave. The way we work. The value we create. The difference we make.
  49. Our purpose connects us to the people we work with and for. It shapes our way forward. It provides people with a clear view of what we stand for.
  50. It helps us attract and retain the talent that creates an amazing company.
  51. It’s the reason we do what we do.
  52. We obsess over our audiences. 3
  53. Our audiences are at the heart of what we do. We revolve around their needs focusing our efforts to inspire them to take the actions that to improve their lives and livelihoods.
  54. Our goal is to inspire people by providing the insight, knowledge and connections that help them master their daily challenges.
  55. That encourages them to embrace new ideas. That helps them develop and grow. That provides the practical advice to help them take the next step to transforms their lives.
  56. We are autonomous with purpose. 4
  57. “Your art is what you do when no one can tell you exactly how to do it. Your art is the act of taking personal responsibility, challenging the status quo, and changing people.” Seth Godin Linchpin: Are You Indispensable?
  58. We value autonomy with purpose. We set our direction through goals that help us focus on delivering our purpose. But how we achieve those goals is down to our people. We empower them to be autonomous.
  59. We actively encourage an entrepreneurial spirit to drive our goals. We embrace collaboration to connect people, spark ideas and inspire action in the pursuit of our purpose.
  60. We organise to work efficiently and effectively (not late), to get the job done.
  61. At Sift Media, everyone is allowed to... Simon Sinek Re:Focus: You Are Allowed by Simon Sinek
  62. Make the decision you think is the right decision to make. Simon Sinek Re:Focus: You Are Allowed by Simon Sinek
  63. Start something that needs to be done. Simon Sinek Re:Focus: You Are Allowed by Simon Sinek
  64. Ask for help whenever you want it. Simon Sinek Re:Focus: You Are Allowed by Simon Sinek
  65. Help others whenever you can (even if they don’t ask for it). Simon Sinek Re:Focus: You Are Allowed by Simon Sinek
  66. We foster a mindset of curiosity to continually improve what we do.5
  67. We really value curiosity. It keeps us learning and evolving. It sparks the ideas that help people grow. It creates a mindset for growth and success.
  68. A MINDSET FOR GROWTH People with a fixed mindset seek approval; those with a growth mindset seek development. The fixed mindset sees failures as disasters; the growth mindset sees them as opportunities. People with a fixed mindset avoid difficulties; those with a growth mindset relish them.
  69. By being curious and having a mindset for growth, we develop the skills that enable people to get better and better at delivering our purpose.
  70. We encourage and support people to develop. To grow their mastery. To shape our innovation. To drive our growth. To focus on delivering our purpose.
  71. “Mastery… the urge to get better and better at something that matters.” Daniel H. Pink Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us
  72. 6 We measure the metrics that reveal the insights that matter.
  73. Metrics help us create value. They identify opportunities where we can make a difference. They help us focus on the things that matter.
  74. They ensure we are creating value for our audiences. That we do our best for our clients. And that our employees get better and better at what we do.
  75. They help us focus on the things that will make a difference. That we pick the projects that will make an impact. That we develop and share the insights that help everyone achieve their goals.
  76. Through knowledge and insight from our metrics that matter, we make a difference by focusing on the things that matter. To ourselves. To our members. To our clients.
  77. “People think focus means saying yes to the thing you've got to focus on. But that's not what it means at all. It means saying no to the hundred other good ideas that there are. You have to pick carefully. I'm actually as proud of the things we haven't done as the things I have done. Innovation is saying no to 1,000 things.” Steve Jobs
  78. We believe in being transparent and honest at all times.7
  79. We believe in honesty. Encouraging people to speak up. To share the ups and downs. To always do what’s right.
  80. It helps create trust. It pulls people together. It helps everyone play their role in delivering value.
  81. “Trust is the glue of life. It's the most essential ingredient in effective communication. It's the foundational principle that holds all relationships.”
  82. We do it so we can have a little fun along the way.8
  83. We are a strong believer in having fun. Summer parties. Christmas parties. Sporting events. Out of work teams. Supporting charities. The Friday beer trolley. It creates a happy and rewarding company.
  84. 1. We always put people first. 2. We are relentless in pursuing our purpose in everything we do. 3. We obsess over our audiences. 4. We are autonomous with purpose. 5. We foster a mindset of curiosity to continually improve. 6. We measure the metrics that reveal the insights that matter. 7. We believe in being transparent and honest at all times. 8. We do it all so we can have a little fun along the way. SIFT MEDIA CULTURE CODE OUR BELIEFS, VALUES AND PRACTICES
  85. At Sift Media, everyone has a purpose. Here’s how you can find yours.
  86. IDENTIFYING OUR: PERSONAL PURPOSE
  87. “Purpose is believing that whatever you do matters.” Aaron Hurst The Purpose Economy
  88. Relationships with the people in your “team.” You love working together and challenging each other. Aaron Hurst The Purpose Economy Personal growth and challenge. Meaning in a job can come from pushing oneself and growing as a professional. If a job keeps challenging an employee and makes them strive to do better, it can instill a sense of purpose. Doing something greater than yourself. Believing that your job matters. If a job simply helps a co-worker, it can be enough to give the job meaning. PURPOSE IS A JOB THAT FOSTERS:
  89. Do you know what your purpose is? Do you know what drives you? Find your purpose by taking a free short survey to identify your Purpose Pattern. It will describe the three core drivers that determine what you need to be fulfilled in your work http://www.imperative.com/ IDENTIFYING YOUR PERSONAL PURPOSE:
  90. Our Culture Code is inspired by a number of talented people and organisations.
  91. People that inspired us Organisations that inspired us Simon SinekStart with WHY TED Talk Re:Focus: You Are Allowed Brian Chesky, Co- founder, CEO of Airbnb Medium article on culture Daniel Pink Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us TED Talk Aaron Hurst The Purpose Economy And many others!
  92. We’re Sift Media. We inspire action. BRISTOL LONDON BOSTON www.siftmedia.co.uk

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