16.12.2015

#CultureFirst: William Werhane

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The #CultureFirst series is a chance to showcase the team here at Culture Amp. We asked everyone a few questions which will give you an opportunity to get to know each of us a bit better.

William Werhane - People Geek

Will has worked with customers in more than 50 countries and enjoys collaborating with them to provide the fact-based insights they need to make people-based decisions. He enjoys just about every form of sport, particularly when his team is winning.

Culture Amp: What can you do as a CAmper (Culture Amp team member) that you haven’t been able to do elsewhere? 

Willam Werhane: Bring my true self to work.  Sounds strange right?  Well as a consultant to executives for most of my life, I was the "expert" the person who was looked to for the answers.  Thus, showing lack of knowledge or vulnerability was something you simply didn't do.  What I didn't realize was just how many opportunities I missed to learn and grow.  At Culture Amp, one of our values is Being Vulnerable.  Thus I can be open about what I do and don't know and as a result truly experience an opportunity to grow and develop through working with other CAmpers at work each and every day.

CA: Best day you’ve ever had at work?

WW: Wow, I've had quite a few great days at work.  If I were to choose one, it was when I was a member of a small team responsible for creating and launching a new survey data processing and reporting system.  We spent several nights towards the end of the delivery sleeping at the office to make sure the system would work.  It was all well worth it when we ran the very first client through the system.

CA: How have you turned a setback into an opportunity?

WW: Several years ago I decided to leave the world of HR consulting with the goal of applying my broad experience to benefit a single organization. I found out quickly that organizations valued years of HRBP experience that I simply didn't have.  After about eight months, I had to rethink my goals.  I realized that as I was exploring, I met a number of people in the burgeoning people analytics space.  As a result, I pivoted and started applying my data and people insight skills to develop analytics on people, quality and health outcomes in the healthcare space.  The change in direction ultimately led me to Culture Amp as I was looking for ways to gather data more easily.

CA: What are you madly passionate about away from work? 

WW: I am passionate about sports, watching or playing any sport. I've been lucky to visit more than 50 countries in my life so far.  Thus I've experienced an amazing array of sports from watching an Oxford v. Cambridge Cricket Match to seeing Sumo Wrestling in Japan.  It's truly amazing the variety of sports that exist around the world.  Of course, there is nothing like returning home and watching my four sons make a game-winning shot in basketball, score a goal in soccer or get a huge kill in volleyball.

CA: What was the best feedback (in your career) you’ve ever received and why?

WW: I credit my first boss, John Stanek at ISR, for making me realize the impact one person can have. He said through surveys we provide a voice to employees that may otherwise not be heard and as a result we make their work life better.  I've been involved in bringing a voice to employees ever since.

CA: What’s on your playlist this week? 

WW: My musical interests are varied including classical, celtic, country and classic rock.  However, I am most known at the office for an 80s Spotify mix.  This week I curated a three hour Friday block of music for the office including Car Wash, Rapper's Delight, The Safety Dance and Tom Sawyer.

CA: What does workplace culture mean to you?

WW: Culture is the cumulative set of underlying norms, behaviors and ways of working that are developed over time.  I always remember the phrase "Culture eats Strategy for lunch."   If you try to implement a new strategy without taking into account how your current culture will support or hinder your strategy, you are likely to be left wondering why your strategy didn't work.

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