This Week in Culture

It’s Time To Add Spirit To Your C-Suite is revolutionizing the traditional corporate culture with an unexpected addition to their executive team: a Chief Spiritual Officer (CSO). This groundbreaking move isn’t about adding religious practices into the workday but rather about nurturing the intangible, electrifying connections that underpin the organization’s ethos. 

Envision a workspace where the atmosphere is charged with not only ideas but also genuine connections. In this environment, every interaction, whether a handshake or a message on Slack, is imbued with mutual respect and understanding. is transcending the conventional notion of ‘team spirit’ to tap into something more profound, challenging the confines of traditional business metrics. 

The CSO’s role is dedicated to refining the company’s vibrational energy, ensuring that communications are not only effective but meaningful. This initiative aims to create a space where employees are united in their tasks, celebrating each other’s humanity and moving together in a harmonious blend of productivity and purpose. 

Central to’s climate is the principle of honoring every individual and every interaction, a philosophy that extends beyond mere corporate platitudes. It’s a vibrant call to action, urging everyone to look past the superficial layers of job titles and tasks to recognize the soul and essence inherent in their colleagues. This approach draws inspiration from the wisdom of indigenous cultures, where the spirit present in all things is acknowledged, elevating even the most routine tasks to a sacred status. 

However, this spiritual integration does not sideline the importance of the bottom line. The CEO maintains a pragmatic view, asserting that embedding spiritual wisdom into the corporate culture—regardless of its perceived ‘woo-woo’ nature—will lead to tangible benefits such as improved performance metrics, reduced employee turnover, and increased innovation. The underlying belief is that when people feel recognized, valued, and connected, they don’t just work—they flourish. 

Julianna Bootsman, the CSO, envisions cultivating an energy within the workplace that mirrors the excitement of a high school team before a major game. This infectious spirit and unity are what aims to instill in every project and meeting, shifting from mundane task management to an exhilarating shared journey. 

What sets apart is not just its internal cultural shift but its potential to influence the broader business landscape and community. The presence of a CSO is poised to not only redefine the company’s internal dynamics but also to offer clients and the wider community a new paradigm of professional interaction. This initiative promises a transformative experience, fostering a way of being that clients and community members can adopt in their personal and communal lives, thus offering a strategic advantage and a durable differentiator for 

By integrating a Chief Spiritual Officer into their core strategy, is not just reimagining what it means to be successful in business; they’re redefining the essence of work, connection, and the invisible threads that weave together the fabric of our professional and personal lives. This bold experiment in rethinking business practices positions as a vibrant, interconnected community poised for unparalleled growth, marking a significant shift in how businesses can foster a truly connected world. 

Elsewhere In Culture 

Career experts give blunt advice to jobseekers on how appearance will help or hurt their interview

This week, I was mentioned in an article discussing the significant impact of appearance in job interviews. In my commentary, I addressed the multifaceted challenges that candidates face, which are deeply embedded in societal norms and expectations. I shed light on the broad spectrum of biases that influence hiring decisions, noting, “Is the candidate wearing the right clothes? Is their hair ‘right’? Is their weight? Height? All these things can influence leader opinions.” This perspective not only resonates with the experience of a New York woman whose job opportunity was allegedly compromised by her choice not to wear makeup but also highlights the need for a more inclusive corporate culture that values authenticity over conformist standards. 

In my role at Culture Partners, I advocate for transforming hiring practices to focus on comprehensive evaluations of a candidate’s capabilities and potential, rather than superficial attributes. By recognizing and challenging the biases inherent in traditional hiring processes, I call for a shift towards more equitable standards. My advice encapsulates this philosophy: “If you want to play in the game, you have to play the game. Dress for the job you want. Ask yourself what belief do I want this person to hold about me? Then create the experience accordingly.”  

America’s new age of retirement anxiety

The current state of retirement planning in America highlights a growing culture of financial uncertainty that deeply impacts individuals, affecting not only their work environments today but also their future security. As pension plans have given way to 401(k)s and other defined-contribution plans, the burden of financial planning has shifted from employers to employees, fundamentally changing the workplace culture. This shift promotes a culture where individual responsibility for financial futures is paramount, potentially diminishing the sense of community and collective engagement at work that supports employee morale and loyalty. 

The pervasive anxiety about retirement readiness points to a broader cultural challenge within companies: the need for supportive and transparent dialogue about financial planning for the future. Companies have a significant opportunity to lead cultural change by creating environments that encourage open discussions about financial security and provide employees with the necessary resources to make informed decisions. This approach can alleviate retirement anxiety and strengthen a culture of trust and stability, enhancing the overall workplace atmosphere and employee satisfaction. 

If you want people to genuinely care, you need to change their beliefs, not only their actions.

I’ve been approached by countless CEOs and leaders, all expressing a shared frustration: despite reminding, urging, and implementing perks and benefits, they face a stark lack of genuine engagement.

This is precisely what we refer to as the “Action Trap.” The Action Trap occurs when leaders find themselves in a continuous cycle of implementing new processes and systems (taking new actions) to change results, rather than addressing the underlying experiences that lead to those results. Our beliefs stem from our experiences.

So, if you want to instill a new belief, you need to create a new experience.

That’s the key to making people care.

April marks National Stress Awareness Month, making this week’s episode of the Culture Leaders podcast particularly fitting. I am excited to have Scott Domann, Chief People Officer at Calm join us on Culture Leaders as we discuss leadership’s role in prioritizing employee well-being.  
In the full episode, Scott shares practical tips and remote work challenges in the context of employee well-being. 
With workplace burnout rising, it’s never been a more important topic.  
Don’t miss out on this essential conversation! 
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