Culture Club

I love Southwest Airlines. I always have and I always will. Does anyone remember the $29 Fun Flights? That was back in the early to mid 1990’s and that was when I was introduced to travel! Sure, it was just to Dallas or San Antonio but it might as well been Paris as far as I was concerned. My son, Ronnie, was the ultimate traveling partner. We had exciting adventures and always had a blast. Single motherhood and a microscopic bank account didn’t seem so bad with Southwest.

The most impressive part of Southwest Airlines is their company culture…a culture that they have enthusiastically maintained for 40 years! Much of the culture can be attributed to co-founder and long-time CEO Herb Kelleher. Like many young, growing companies, Southwest’s culture was an extension of its original leaders — in this case, Mr. Kelleher.

Current CEO Gary Kelly admits that “the Southwest Culture has thrived, but it hasn’t been easy.” He adds that the culture’s longevity “has been both our biggest accomplishment and our most significant challenge.”

In the book, “Nuts! Southwest Airlines Crazy Recipe for Business and Personal Success,” there are 13 dominant values shared that drive Southwest’s corporate character and culture:

1. Profitability
2. Low Cost
3. Family
4. Fun
5. Love
6. Hard Work
7. Individuality
8. Ownership
9. Legendary Service
10. Egalitarianism (Ultimate fight for the common person)
11. Common Sense/Good Judgment
12. Simplicity
13. Altruism (The employees serve through countless acts of goodwill)

What about Community Care College, Clary Sage College and Oklahoma Technical College? We are one big happy family with an amazing culture. Why? Because we have a talented, motivated, and loyal team committed to our students, the hiring community and to making the world a better place. Check out our Core Values!
• Keep Your Word
• Collaborate
• No Surprises
• Compete
• Take Intelligent Risks
• Reward Successful Performance
• Be Dedicated to Every Student’s Success
• Fulfill Community and Social Responsibility
• Commit to Lifelong Learning
• Strive to Honor God
• Employee Wellness
• Cultivate Empathy
• Be Original
• Have Courage
Want to learn more about each of these? Give me a call or shoot me an email. I cannot wait to share with you!


  1. Rebecca on September 10, 2010 at 7:30 pm

    We are so lucky to work for a company with such great values! It is a true blessing!

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