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High-Performance Cultures are a Great Place to Work

July 30, 2021

High Performance Cultures

Too often I hear business leaders try to separate great work culture from peak performance. Since many people have never worked for an award-winning, certified Great Place to Work, lack the firsthand experience to understand the key elements and drivers of great company culture. Instead of recognizing the core tenets of intentional culture building, including clearly articulated values, common vision, individual autonomy, integrity, appropriate risk-taking, accountability, excellence, dignified communication, shared experience, and the power of teamwork, people believe that gimmicky office accessories, like ping pong tables and beer taps, are the signs of good culture. That is simply not true.

Likewise, the term High-Performance Culture is surrounded by similar falsehoods including the notion that performance is primarily achieved through extremely long workdays, countless nights and weekends in the office, high-pressure work environments with an eat-or-be-eaten mindset, and a “whatever it takes” justification along the way. Organizations that adopt these principles for performance are wrought with burn-out, apathy, fraud, countercultures, and safety concerns. High-performance cultures are not built by exhausting every bit of utility from the workforce.

To us, a Great Place to Work is synonymous with a High-Performance Culture, they are one in the same. A truly great place to work creates the expectation and responsibility to perform at your best in all aspects of your life. To achieve peak performance, team members should be healthy (mind, body, soul), challenged, trusted, accountable, engaged, celebrated, coached, and given the freedom to reach new heights. As it turns out, these same principles come together in great organizations to create a thriving team-based approach to solutions and service. A Great Place to Work should be demanding enough to satisfy our craving for challenge and mastery while being grounded enough to recognize and celebrate our individual uniqueness and human dignity.

If you are ready to rise to the occasion and test your limits, a certified Great Place to Work will push you to become the best version of yourself and to reach peak levels of performance you may not have imagined.

Topics: Culture Education
Jeff Schiefelbein

Written by Jeff Schiefelbein

Jeff Schiefelbein is the Chief Culture Officer for 5 where he oversees sales, marketing and recruiting. Jeff has a proven track record of innovation and leadership through his involvement in company start-ups, technology development, personal coaching, and strategic management. Before 5, Jeff served as the Vice President of Sales at First Choice Power. Jeff has also been nationally recognized for the creation and implementation of CARPOOL at Texas A&M University, the nation’s most successful college safe-ride program to reduce drunk driving. For his work on CARPOOL, Jeff was featured on ABC’s Volunteers Across America and has won numerous awards, including the National Daily Point of Light Award and the Texas Governor’s Volunteer Service Award. Jeff has a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Texas A&M University. He advises several nonprofits and serves as the President of the Board for The Highlands School in Irving, Texas. He is also a motivational speaker and the host of a monthly Catholic radio show.