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Being involved with the Small Giants Community has given me the opportunity to interact with some great entrepreneurs. Through sharing our experiences, I have learned a lot about creating a values-based culture, about being a better leader, about having a shared vision and about the importance of community.

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Topics: Values, Company Culture

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Photo: Small Giants Member Nick Sarillo teaches his team about company values.

Eight years ago, when we started Vivayic, we didn’t know much about building a company. We just knew that we had a passion for learning how people learn, and empowering people through learning. At the time, we didn’t think much about how we wanted to operate our business—we just knew we would operate with integrity and a commitment to excellence.

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Topics: Values, Company Culture

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Being rooted in your community isn’t simply about giving back, it’s being part of the fabric of that community. Something that Bo Burlingham refers to as: “a sort of spiritual terroir” - a French word that has to do with how the soil and climate in a region contribute to the flavor of the food and wine.

Last year when I joined forces with fellow Small Giant Vlad Bodi, we decided to base our core team in Iasi, Romania. A small East European university town, which on the surface seems rather quirky and scrappy.

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Topics: Values, Employee Engagement, Company Culture

greenfairSo your company wants to begin building a bridge to your community… it’s not something that you’ve been doing, but you’ve decided now is the time. Where do you start?

The answer is simple: with your people.

Ask your team, “Where are you volunteering?” The answers you get might surprise you. In our small company, nearly every single employee was already volunteering somewhere. Several were serving on committees and boards of local nonprofits.

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Topics: Community

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