Review: Cultivating a Creative Culture | Justin Dauer

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Book Info

Genre: Non-fiction -- Work
Number of Pages: 102
Perspective: First Person
Location: Chicago, IL

Cultivating a Creative Culture is a workplace improvement book that gives strategies for keeping employees focused, inspired, and charged. The goal is to have a human-centered organization with a high quality of work. For a complete summary, you can go here.

Book Review

TL;DR: A short improvement book with a few takeaways for being more creative at work.

Rating: 4/5

Full Review: I have to start off by saying that this was a very well-organized book. It was easy to read and had beautiful photos. I adored the cute pink hummingbird mascot. Dauer has a nice voice and I liked that he wasn’t afraid to be honest and casual in his language. It made it feel more relatable.

The target audience is designers and people in creative fields. I think start-up companies and smaller businesses will benefit most from this. There were some tips for people who are job seeking, such as what to look for in workplace culture, but most tips are for managers, trainers, or anyone with some decision-making power in a company. I work for a large school, so some of the strategies didn’t really apply to my situation.

However, there were some cool takeaways for me. I do find myself getting stuck in creative ruts, especially working remotely. Luckily, I have the freedom to move around and work from a coffee shop if I wanted to, but I realize that others may not automatically have that privilege (or it may not be an option at all for their fields). For me, it is about finding ways to connect with more people to spark my creativity.

[Side note: He talked about the owner of Nick’s Pizza, which is my FAVORITE pizza place from my hometown in the Chicago suburbs. It has the best double-decker pizza Try it! It’s a million times better than deep-dish, I swear. Now I'm salivating...]

There were a few suggestions that felt off to me, such as taking a new employee around the city on their first day at work. I always dress to impress on my first day and would not be wearing anything suitable for long walks — HELLO blisters. I also wish the book was a bit longer. I felt like he just scratched the surface on how to manage workplace culture. Some ideas were very actionable, especially the first-day process, how to work in different environments, and team building. But I needed a little bit more in terms of specific things to try.

Overall, it’s worth reading if you are in a creative field. It could also be useful if you feel like your employees need a good jolt of inspiration and flexibility. It would be a great pick for an office-wide book club. Then open up a dialogue about what employees need to be successful. If you are interested in buying the book, you can buy it here. After you have read it, leave a comment and let me know what you think!

*Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book, but it did not impact my review in any way.*

My Rating

4 star review

"The passion for doing your best work is too precious to be extinguished by an unhealthy culture."

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