CollabTalk Podcast at #MSIgnite: How Culture Drives Innovation

CollabTalk Podcast at #MSIgnite 2019 with @tracyvds @rizinsights @elbruno @buckleyplanet and BraamIn the fourth and final CollabTalk Podcast that we recorded earlier this month in Orlando at the Microsoft Ignite Podcast Center, I was joined by fellow MVPs Tracy Van der Schyff (@tracyvds), Principal at The GUID Stuff, Eric Riz (@rizinsights), Founder & CEO of Empty Cubicle, and Bruno Capuano (@elbruno), Innovation Lead at Avanade, to discuss the idea that a strong and healthy company culture can not only have an overall positive impact on innovation, but it can actually increase and improve employee output (volume and quality).

Each of us shared personal experiences working within organizations at both ends of the spectrum, and the impacts that both inspiring and toxic cultures had on our own work output. We also covered some of the “window dressing” cultural bandaids that seem to be popular in many startups (and is often attributed to Silicon Valley), where perks and “fun” activities are often used to mask deeper cultural issues. While there’s nothing inherently wrong with those things, we agreed that they often displace the more important cultural tenets that have a long-term impact on the company’s success, such as having a strong mission, well-defined corporate values, transparent management structure, visible and accessible leadership, and strong communication channels.

Another great discussion, which you can listen to here:

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Christian Buckley

Christian is a Microsoft Regional Director and M365 Apps & Services MVP, and an award-winning product marketer and technology evangelist, based in Silicon Slopes (Lehi), Utah. He is the Director of North American Partner Management for leading ISV Rencore (, leads content strategy for TekkiGurus, and is an advisor for both revealit.TV and WellnessWits. He hosts the monthly #CollabTalk TweetJam, the weekly #CollabTalk Podcast, and the Microsoft 365 Ask-Me-Anything (#M365AMA) series.