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Sessions at SXSW Interactive 2011 about Company Culture on Monday 14th March

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  • Go Virtual: Save Money, Sustain People and Planet

    by Sarah Cooke and David Coleman

    Forward-thinking businesses are leveraging interactive technologies to engage diverse talent, modify behavior, reduce environmental impact, and save big on their bottom line. Adoption can also result in equal improvement in employee engagement. (i.e. Have you worked with a classic asshole? Ever imagine how eliminating or retraining that person would have made everyone happier and more productive?) Leading businesses have advanced beyond Bob Sutton’s No Asshole Rule and are leveraging technology for improved social norms and accountability to their ecosystems. From micro-biz to mega-corp, attend this session for insights into achieving systemic sustainability without sacrificing productivity or access to employees, clients and work partners. The conversation will run the gamut from emerging innovations, proven solutions and first-hand experiences to implications of behavioral theory – sure to include at least one “managers behaving badly” story (just for fun!).

    LEVEL: Intermediate

    At 12:30pm to 1:30pm, Monday 14th March

    In Room 5ABC, Austin Convention Center

  • Company Culture: It's All Your Fault

    by Greg Hoy

    Business owners and managers are responsible for a lot of stuff that requires a lot of antacid to orchestrate. Getting work in the door, paying people, developing products and services, keeping clients happy, and, oh yeah - keeping everyone at work happy.

    The happy part is always the hard part.

    How do you go about fostering an environment that's fun, rewarding and fulfilling? Does company culture just 'happen', or is it something you have to consciously work at?

    • What happens when your company starts growing, and that small group you were so tight with becomes bigger and less 'connected?'
    • What does it mean when everyone starts going for drinks without you?
    • What do you do when personalities or work styles start clashing, and the Utopian work ship you set to build starts listing?
    • What can you do to keep things fun without making it seem 'fake?'
    • If someone doesn't say 'good morning', could they be mad at you?
    • What office policies are fair? Which ones are bogus?
    • How can you ensure people don't dread Monday mornings?
    • What are the top 10 things to watch out for that turn into corporate culture cancer?

    We'll look at these and other aspects of maintaining a positive and rewarding work environment, with a laser focus on sharing candid real-world stories and solutions that can help make your work environment the best it can be.

    LEVEL: Beginner

    At 3:30pm to 4:30pm, Monday 14th March

    In Rio Grande B, Marriott Courtyard Austin Downtown/Convention Center

  • Be Evil: Does Corporate Responsibility Matter?

    by Siva Vaidhyanathan

    In this age of radical transparency, can corporations that mistreat their users or cause harm in the world get away with it? Does the market discipline companies so that responsibility is now an essential part of doing business? Or is corporate responsibility just a clever trick to gain a slight marketing advantage and defer state regulation? Is the first and only duty of a company to provide value to its shareholders? This debate will consider these issues through the lens of Google, the most significant promoter of a corporate moral ethos. It will consider the ethics of doing business in authoritarian places such as China, pursuing environmentally sustainable infrastructure, and treating labor fairly.

    LEVEL: Beginner

    At 5:00pm to 6:00pm, Monday 14th March

    In Salon D, Hilton Austin Downtown