How does one build a great company culture across several locations in different timezones? originally appeared on Quora - the knowledge sharing network where compelling questions are answered by people with unique insights.

Answer by Sheryl Sandberg, COO at Facebook and founder of LeanIn.org, on Quora:

Facebook's culture reflects our mission to make the world more open and connected. "Be open" has been one of our core values since the beginning. Our openness sets us apart and helps us move fast. It gives people the context they need to prioritize and work autonomously on the projects that are highest impact. It shows even our newest team members that Facebook is their company and they are responsible for our mission and our culture, no matter where in the world they are located.There's no one secret ingredient but here are a few of the things we do to get work done and maintain our culture:

  • We have hard conversations. We know we'll never achieve our mission if we aren't communicating openly and honestly with each other. Honest feedback delivered frequently and with good intent is what helps us build better products and developer develop better leaders. It makes us stronger as individuals and as a team. I believe that if you're not having a hard conversation at least once a month--and doing it respectfully--you're not helping yourself and others meet your collective potential.
  • We use our product. We're Facebook friends with our coworkers (so we know what's going on in each other's lives, no matter where we're located), we use Facebook Messenger to communicate instantly (so we're always in touch), and we use Groups to connect on projects or passions (so we have a place to share information and have transparent discussions).
  • We remind ourselves that our journey is only 1% done. We celebrate our accomplishments but always remember that we're still in the early days of achieving our mission--we have a lot of work to do, and we're excited about the future.

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