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  • Writer's pictureDan Berger

The Capital-C Community

Updated: Oct 4, 2020

If you know anything about me, you know that Iโ€™m sort of obsessed with ๐‚๐จ๐ฆ๐ฆ๐ฎ๐ง๐ข๐ญ๐ข๐ž๐ฌ. (Iโ€™ll spare you โ€œthe whyโ€ for another time.) ๐Ÿ™

I capitalize the C to differentiate this concept from the way most people use the wordโ€”as a catchall for a group of people with a loose association.

Here are the four pillars I think about when building a Community. I am sharing this in the hopes that it helps you build strong communities at work and in your life.

๐Ÿค— ๐—›๐—ผ๐˜€๐—ฝ๐—ถ๐˜๐—ฎ๐—น๐—ถ๐˜๐˜† ๐—ถ๐˜€ ๐—ฎ ๐—ฐ๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ ๐˜ƒ๐—ถ๐—ฟ๐˜๐˜‚๐—ฒ of Communities. Everyone is warmly welcomed when they join and are treated with respect by its members.

๐Ÿฅณ The Community has ๐—ฎ ๐˜€๐—ฒ๐˜ ๐—ผ๐—ณ ๐—ฟ๐—ถ๐˜๐˜‚๐—ฎ๐—น๐˜€ everyone partakes in. This can be as simple as meeting regularly.

๐Ÿ‘ฏโ€โ™€๏ธ The Community ๐—ณ๐—ฒ๐—ฒ๐—น๐˜€ ๐—ฒ๐˜…๐—ฐ๐—น๐˜‚๐˜€๐—ถ๐˜ƒ๐—ฒ to those that are a part of it. This does not have to come in lieu of diversity and inclusion.

๐Ÿ  Members of the Community feel ๐—ฎ ๐˜๐—ฟ๐˜‚๐—ฒ ๐˜€๐—ฒ๐—ป๐˜€๐—ฒ ๐—ผ๐—ณ ๐—ฏ๐—ฒ๐—น๐—ผ๐—ป๐—ด๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด. They feel โ€œat home."

The litmus test for a Community is a feeling more than anything else. It comes down to what ravers referred to back in the day as โ€œthe vibeโ€ of a party or as Prof. Sumantra Ghoshal referred to as โ€œthe smellโ€ of a companyโ€™s culture.

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