Making Lemonade from Everyday Workplace Problems

How often do you hear these everyday workplace problems? Travel restrictions are in place, budgets must be cut, no client expenses for the next quarter, how can we pull [...]

The Case for Optimism at Work

What's so bright about the bright side? Sometimes, uncertainty makes it hard maintain your optimism at work.  What’s so bright about the bright side when all around you is [...]

How to Improve Workplace Listening

Hearing is easy. Every vertebrate that hasn’t suffered some genetic, developmental or environmental accident have been doing it for hundreds of millions of years. It’s built into our survival [...]

Integrate Core Values Into your Organization

How pervasive and helpful are core values in your organization? At worst, your values live on your web site; in your annual report; and in your office, in a static and meaningless way. Ideally, they are integrated into everything you do, and act as a compass for your culture and decision-making. Is it possible to reach the ideal? […]

Cultures Clash

I remember reading that the three reasons mergers or acquisitions fail is that: You pay too much You don’t act quickly enough to take redundant cost out Cultures Clash [...]

The Impact of Cost Savings on Workplace Culture

The Culture around here has to change! We hear this from executives over and over again. Why? First let’s start with market dynamics. Are these things happening to your company or industry? […]

Become a Great Workplace By Measuring Your Culture

More business leaders care about culture these days but more often than not, the cultures they work in are unconscious and not aligned with the company’s strategy. ‘How we get [...]

How to Align Workplace Culture with Business Strategy

Does your business align workplace culture with business strategy? There are few leaders who aren’t painfully aware of the famous Peter Drucker quote “Culture eats strategy for breakfast”. Yet few pay purposeful attention to culture. Since 1955, 89% of the Fortune 500 listed have come and gone! We believe that when workplace culture is ignored, it can contribute to an organization’s demise. Yet, it is tough to put your finger on organizational culture like you would many other things in business – it can feel nebulous and illusive. Leaders often feel that culture cannot be managed but this view leads to complacency. Left unattended, company cultures evolve into weedy gardens that choke out the execution of strategy. What is Culture? […]

The Purpose Statement: Why Your Organization Exists

Leaders, in this blog post you will learn to use the ‘power of why’ (i.e., a purpose statement) to motivate your team.  What is an important project or tactic you are currently working on? How are you motivating your team-mates, others involved in this project? Where does motivation rank overall in importance for you as a leader? Connecting to motivation and “the why” is a critical leadership capability. Yet, too many leaders focus more on the “what” vs the “why” – why is that? We are too focused on the “What” vs the “Why” A lot of businesses & leaders are too caught up in the “what & how” because of the speed of business today. Questions like these dominate – What are our key goals for the quarter? What are our 5 key tactics to get us there? How will we implement? What is your next step? […]

The Phases of Organizational Development

To grow or die? The answer is obvious, right? It’s not much of a choice, yet it’s one that organizations make all the time. The natural choice is to grow but why does the evidence show differently? For proof, you need only consider the high mortality rate of companies listed in the Fortune 500. Since 1955 89% of the Fortune 500 listed have come and gone. Remember Compaq, E.F. Hutton, MCI WorldCom, Eastern Airlines, Enron, Woolworths, Pan Am, Standard Oil, Arthur Andersen, General Foods Corp, TWA, and DeLorean Motor Co.? […]

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