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Trending Pet Food Podcast: What is Leadership Culture?

In a recent episode of the Trending Pet Food podcast, CultureWorx’ CEO, Dr. Donte Vaughn, sat down with host Lindsay Beaton, editor of Petfood Industry magazine, to discuss the concept of leadership culture, emphasizing that it requires full buy-in from the top down. 

We discussed how an organization’s purpose—its mission, vision, and values—must be fostered at the leadership level and aligned with employees on the frontlines. Especially today, amidst the Great Resignation, organizations need to develop a clear organizational purpose to attract and retain talent. There’s newfound urgency and demand from employees about what their organization is doing to define, implement, measure, and improve the purpose-driven experience they promised to provide.

This desire from the working population to be aligned with their workplace’s culture has caused organizations to take a hard look at their leadership culture and employee experience.

In the podcast, we introduce the Culture Performance Management™ methodology—a behavior-driven system to operationalize company culture and increase employee engagement—giving business leaders a proven solution for cultivating company culture.

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Dr. Donte Vaughn


Dr. Donte Vaughn, DM, is the CEO and Managing Partner of CultureWorx, a company dedicated to providing Culture Performance Management solutions to help organizations measure, manage, and foster cultural change through “real-time” learning and practice.

Dr. Vaughn is an expert in Organizational Leadership, Workforce Management, and Company Culture. He has over 17 years of senior level executive experience driving results in the public and private business sector; fostering the design and implementation of business growth and leadership strategies and serving companies throughout the U.S. and globally.

Before launching CultureWorx, Dr. Vaughn founded and managed a boutique Operational Management Consulting practice serving the growth business community. He has also consulted with firms in providing labor strategy and workforce management solutions for the industrial market space.

Dr. Vaughn studied at Drexel University and the University of Phoenix and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration & Management, a Master’s in Management and Organizational Leadership, and a Doctor of Management (DM).

His professional memberships include the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), The Association for Corporate Growth (ACG), National Speakers Association (NSA), National Small Business Association – Leadership Council, and the National Business Educators Association (NBEA). Dr. Vaughn is an Official Member of the Forbes Business Council.

He is the co-author of the Amazon Best Seller: From Culture to Culture: The System to Define, Implement, Measure, and Improve Your Company Culture.

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