Colin D Ellis’s book shows organisations of all sizes how to create and maintain healthy workplace cultures through the personality of their staff. He reflects on his own personal experiences providing you with everything that you need to be the best version of yourself and inspire the behaviours that you role model as a leader in those around you.
I enjoyed reading about all six of the pillars, each providing practical and enlightening insights, some that were very relevant and some irrelevant. I particularly enjoyed personality & communication and collaboration as I believe these are key areas that organisations focus on heavily to maintain a great culture.
There are a lot of references to book quotes, which I find isn’t always easy on the eye, and has a tendency to distract you from the subject matter but his humour always brings you back to the point. The only negative comment that I would make is that the majority of examples provided relate to US companies, which can’t always be applied in the same way in Australia.
I would highly recommend this book to all leaders either wanting to establish a new culture or fix an existing one. You can read the book in any order you like and jump around as you see fit as some sections are more interesting than others. It has certainly opened my eyes and inspired me to experiment and explore new ways of maintaining the vibrant culture that I’m privileged to be a part of.
Zoë Smith, EA at Enerven.