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Presence: our rituals show what matters to us

Eat Sleep Work Repeat

Bruce Daisley

Workplace Culture, Social Sciences, Management, Work, Culture, Business, Science

4.7991 Ratings

🗓️ 10 May 2024

⏱️ 36 minutes

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This episode is part of the Presence project: Presence: Fixing culture starts with your calendar, not your office

Kursat Ozenc is a product designer who he teaches at Stanford university, He teaches on the subject that we can all learn from which is the idea that culture can be designed. The specific tool he uses to design culture is the creation of workplace rituals. 

Kursat's Substack newsletter

Kursat's first book is here and the second, on virtual meetings is here.

The reading list for Kursat's course is here

Kursat’s book includes the suggestions that: ‘The rituals in our life show what we care about’. Critically then creating rituals demonstrate what our culture values.

Kursat gives five use cases for rituals: 

  1. For change
  2. Creativity
  3. Performance
  4. Conflict
  5. Community

If you like this episode you'll also like the episode that accompanies it - which goes into depth about specific rituals that companies have used. Listen to that episode here.

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A lot of us don't have the time or resource to attend an


MBA style course at a major business call and today's episode will try and


vicariously give you some of that content without the expense or the time. I'm


going to be talking to someone who teaches a course at Stanford D School and that


is Kershaw Arrench. Kersha Arench teaches a course where he tells people


and he instructs people that they can think about intentionally designing their culture.


What's the way they might do that?


They do that through the creation of rituals.


This episode's part of the Presence Project.


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