Company DNA

The Company DNA worksheet creates coherent behaviors, decisions and a sense of purpose for founders and employees. Doing so will help your team to operate cohesively as you pursue your goals.

You can download the Company DNA worksheet as a PDF here and as a Google Doc template here.

It is highly recommended that each team member fills this out individually, and then together as a team. 

Set the Stage

Gather your team and distribute same-colored stickies to your team members. Post the Company DNA worksheet on the wall. 

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Core Purpose

Start by posting your core purpose. Your core purpose is the reason your company exists. It should capture the motivation behind the work you and your team do.

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Core Values

Next, your core values. These are your essential and enduring shared beliefs. They are fundamental and so strongly held that they will likely remain unchanged for many years.

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Guiding Heuristics

Now, post your guiding heuristics. These represent the decision-making framework within your company. By referencing these, your team will have high-level guidance about what to do and what not to do.

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Audacious Goal

Now, your audacious goal. Your audacious goal is a clear and measurable challenge that, If you do everything right, your business will achieve.

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Aspirational Destination

Finally, post your aspirational destination. This is a more concrete vision of what it will be like to achieve your audacious goal.

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Transfer Learnings 

Transfer your stickies to the company os sheet and post the sheet somewhere visible.

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Get to Work!