A Linking Mess: Week of 01/20/13

Do we have a corporate culture at Leggett & Platt? — The Economist

Members of our Creative Services team pose for a "stock photo".

Members of our Creative Services team have fun with a stock photo.

How important is corporate culture? This article discusses a book on the subject, and asks what corporate culture is, exactly. Is it the image that your company projects to the world, or is it the most common habits, like, say, selling things heavily discounted? Or is it simply what this review calls “canteen culture” (for American English, “cafeteria culture”) – the conversations that coworkers have about their company when their boss isn’t listening? What kind of culture do we have at Leggett & Platt? We’re conservative, certainly. Traditional. Can a company as vast as ours have a uniform culture, or do different branches and groups have their own?

Building a house in Detroit — Buzzfeed

Here’s something different. This is a very long but fascinating article written by a guy not long out of college who bought a home in Detroit and fixed it up. It’s a very well-written piece and will really pull you in. Detroit’s ongoing demise has been heavily documented, of course, but you might not be familiar with some of the interesting phenomena that have resulted. In addition to attracting people such as this article’s author, who was intrigued by the idea of owning a home for just $500, Detroit has charmed still other visitors who gawk at the city’s modern ruins. Sometimes referred to as “ruin porn,” the remnants of once-fine buildings are everywhere and include the once-grand Michigan Central Station, a passenger rail depot built in 1912-13.

Fast Company’s top infographics in 2013 — Fast Company

If you like infographics as much as I do, you’ll enjoy the top 13 in 2013 according to Fast Company, a business magazine. Infographics are getting more and more artistic, and also broader in category – I recently saw one that was essentially a recipe for lasagna. Click on each one for more information, and keep clicking on other ones on Fast Company’s site. You could look at them all day.