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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...

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 I read this at a time when I was responsible for doing acquisitions for the company I worked for and...

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? Change – the demand for more and faster Globalization – competitors not just...

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 things done around here’ is now being acknowledged as a key driver in any organization’s...

An Introduction to Fearless Leadership

Today’s busy, complicated and changing business environment requires a new kind of leadership. Gone are the days of “command and control” leadership because that style doesn’t foster true engagement, alignment and sustainable performance. GREAT leaders in business...

The Impact of Management Systems on Workplace Culture

Every company has “systems”. There are “hard systems” like IT and “soft systems” like organizational design that help form the DNA of any business. Even if a company has a clearly articulated strategy, dynamic leadership and an engaged culture, these “systems” can...

Workplace Barriers to Strategy Execution

Nike is famous for its mantra, “Just do it.” While this is a good marketing slogan it is a lousy mantra for strategy execution in business! One of the critical success factors to effectiveness in every organization is of course execution - getting it done. At...

A Framework for Strategy Development

Every organization has a strategy. At best, it is intentional, collective, simple, inspiring and helps guide all decision-making. At worst, it is complicated, static and lives only in a binder on a shelf… All too often the process of strategy development suffers...

Developing Intuition for Leaders

In today’s world, according to a UCLA study, we are processing the equivalent of 174 newspapers daily. This is five times more information than just 20 years ago. This tsunami of information coming at us through emails and meetings is overwhelming the capacity of our...

What makes offsite meetings a valuable use of time?

If you’re taking time away from the business for an offsite meeting with your team, you need to make sure it’s worth it. Read this article to learn what your agenda needs to include.

Is Procrastination Bad?

When you procrastinate, connect to what inspired your action.

The Problem with being an Executive

I can’t tell you the number of times when people in my company brought a problem to me – often embarrassed – usually frozen in fear.  I remember one time our marketing team had published a catalogue that cost $100,000 and the 1-800 phone number...

Experiences of accountability in the workplace

When I was a young manager I had a boss that regularly asked me to do things. And, being the accountable, eager-to-please guy that I was, I would make sure I met my promises. And that I where I started to learn about accountability in the workplace. A few times in a...

The “Fearless Trinity” of Creating Accountable Cultures

When you hear the word “accountability,” what images, people, stories come to mind? How important is it for you and your workplace productivity? In our culture transformation work at 1-degree, it is the #1 theme and aspiration! Yet, it is one of the least understood...

Coaching Employees in Leadership Development Programs

To effective apply and integrate leadership development learning, the participant and their manager must both be involved. There are three best practices to make this happen. One, engage the manager in the program; two, teach the manager to coach on leadership; and...

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 in biz from the next quarter into this one, can you get that completed in less time, we need it now...

Position Filled: Office & Project Manager

September 21, 2017: Thanks for your interest but we have already hired for this position. Seeking an Organized Office & Project Manager We, 1-­degree shift, are an entrepreneurial organizational effectiveness firm that specializes in purpose, leadership, culture...

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 constant change and growing complexity? It’s hard not to think in terms of good or bad when your...

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 system, our alarm system, it’s our way to escape danger and pass on our...

Don’t just take our word for it, read it from them 

Don’t Just Take Our Word For It, Read It From Them“In order to be successful in executing our strategic plan, our #1 priority was to get the culture right. We’ve had a major transformation in the past year (and a half) with the assistance and leadership of 1-degree to engage our entire workforce and look at things differently.”

JIM LAWSON, CEO Woodbine Entertainment

“As opposed to vague culture conversations we now have a framework and specific areas of focus to improve an already solid, self-reported, culture of innovation and inter-reliance. As we approach our first year we plan to take the feedback and spend time with 1-degree ensuring the management team is leading and holding others accountable leveraging Fearless Leadership modules to the cultural expectations are met. Also, we look forward to revalidating with team progress and continued areas of focus.”

BRIAN LANG, President, MasterCard Canada

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