Nonfiction Book Award Status: GOLD


For a company to outperform the competition and achieve sustainable business growth, it needs a high-performing, engaged, and committed workforce with the skills the business needs both now and in the future. Attracting, motivating, and retaining top talent can’t be done simply by attaching individual benefits to specific job roles. To be effective, companies need to build an exceptional company culture where people want to work and that allows them to develop and perform to their full potential. Designing Exceptional Organizational Cultures is a practical guide for CEOs and HR and OD professionals that explains how to proactively design, build and foster a culture that creates employee and business success.


This book provides guidance on all elements of building a top-performing culture, including how to be visible as a leader and how to identify and define core company values and embed them throughout policies, processes, and behaviors. It also shows how to create an organizational structure that leverages employees’ strengths for optimum performance. It covers how to assess what roles the business needs, how to recruit for future success and make the most of non-traditional hires as well as addressing employee engagement, motivation, reward, diversity, and inclusion. With practical examples, tips, and advice throughout, Designing Exceptional Organizational Cultures is crucial reading for anyone building a culture that attracts the very best talent and achieves sustainable business growth.

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Author Bio

Based in San Diego, California, Jamie Jacobs and Hema Crockett co-founded High Performanceology, a talent and culture advisory firm. They also co-founded Gig Talent, a modern talent agency connecting talented HR consultants and coaches with organizations.

Jamie and Hema are both award-winning business leaders and former HR executives. They have led high-performing teams and organizations within the biotechnology, technology, hospitality, and financial services industries as well as in partnership with the US State Department. They are involved in community and industry organizations and have served on multiple boards of directors.

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