Cultivating a Healthy Work Culture

When it comes to facilitating cross-pollination between departments (aka, silos), one cannot ignore the importance of cultivating a healthy work culture and environment. This is a very important tool in building your brand internally.  From time to time, I will posts blogs about this topic as it is close to my heart. 

I have learned that there are so many factors in building and maintaining a healthy business culture. Two elements stand out that I believe are the deepest motivating factors- care and respect. Without these, you have what Dr. Emerson Eggerichs calls the “Crazy Cycle.”

As the month goes on, I will discuss what "The Crazy Cycle" looks like firsthand in the workplace.  

Design is not about how it looks, it's about how it works.

When people hear the word "design," they think of the arts. Fashion, interior, fine arts, etc. But, what is the definition of design? 

Noun: 2. purpose, planning, or intention that exists or is thought to exist behind an action, fact, or material object.

According to the definition, a design is not ALWAYS about aesthetics.  It is more about HOW something works to accomplish an intent, action, or object. We can approach the building of business with the creativity and mindset of a designer. Meaning- creating (or designing, in this case) business models with a plan, purpose, or intent to exist and drive action, facts, or people. 

Designing a business model requires several items. I believe that the top 3 are:

  • A solid Value Proposition= How and/or why does your product/service add value to your potential customer's life? What makes your product/service better than the next company in your industry?
  • A Mission Statement= What is the vision that drives and motivates the behavior and culture in your company?
  • A sustainability story= What elements of sustainability support and add additional value to your brand, product/services, Value Proposition, and are included in the DNA of your Mission Statement?

Perhaps you never thought that sustainability applied to your industry, let alone your brand. Well, you're in luck! You can find a sustainability story in everything! 

This is what Stitch&Sustain is all about! Helping companies find their sustainability story and designing or modifying a business model that supports that very story.

So, what's your story? 





After years of developing, growing, learning, ideating, white-boarding, and post-it notes; Stitch&Sustain has arrived! I'm excited to share concepts, theories, best practices, thoughts, and what inspires me to do what I do. 

I hope to have other like-minded creatives as featured profiles and guests here on Stitch&Sustain. So without further ado, I'd like to welcome you into the world of change! May the awesomeness begin!