• This Trumps Strategy. You Need More of This.

    Written by: Ted Coiné | February 15, 2012

    “Culture trumps strategy.” Ever hear that one? It’s a notion that has been percolating in some business circles for a while now. As a proponent of the power of culture, I buy this claim implicitly, but it’s controversial as all hell – indeed, you may find yourself jeering at the soft-headedness of the idea even […] Read moreRead More»

  • Nano is Nimble. Be Nano.

    Written by: Ted Coiné | February 14, 2012

    Is the large corporation a relic of the 20th Century, destined for extinction? From the term popularized by science and, indeed, thrust into the mainstream by one line of Apple iPods, “nano” is a futuristic word for tiny. In science fiction, for instance, a “nano-bot” is a robot only several molecules large that can be […] Read moreRead More»

  • When Self-Preservation Weakens You and Me

    Written by: Shawn Murphy | February 13, 2012

    A beleaguered reality overwhelming teams during times of constant change is an ever-present reality of self-preservation. The instinct is not bad. It is wired into our brains. Yet, when teams experience the one-two punch of change in a seemingly endless assault, the greater the likelihood each person slowly turns inward. And they stay there. The […] Read moreRead More»

  • Stop Waiting for Upper Management to Do Something

    Written by: Shawn Murphy | February 12, 2012

    How many times have you heard, “If upper management would get it’s act together, we could actually make some progress?” I’m asking you, though, to stop saying it. Stop believing it. In these times where so much uncertainty whirls about weaving itself into decisions and water cooler conversations, paralysis has come over entire companies. Logic […] Read moreRead More»

  • When You Move Your People’s Cheese

    Written by: Ted Coiné | February 11, 2012

    Want to suck the motivation out of your people? Move the goalposts on them. Change the rules mid-game enough times and I promise, even the most obstinately-positive of your employees will learn to give up. Have you read Spencer Johnson’s bestselling classic, Who Moved My Cheese? It’s all about how individuals deal with change. I have to […] Read moreRead More»

  • People before Profit

    Written by: Shawn Murphy | February 6, 2012

    America’s work environments need resuscitation. According to Gallup, the last 10 consecutive months our work environments have been the lowest since the notorious research firm has kept track. Measures of work environment can be found here. But do you really need Gallup’s research to tell you our work environments suck? In my work with senior […] Read moreRead More»

  • Spreading Hate as a Way to Do Business

    Written by: Shawn Murphy | February 4, 2012

    It’s sad when archaic command-and-control leadership acts strangle an organization. Like a monster with gnashing teeth swinging wildly at anything unlike itself, such companies and their leaders hold hostage its culture. They severely limit people’s potential. They essentially screw themselves out of profits or doing good work that helps communities. Case in point: The American […] Read moreRead More»

  • I Am No Visionary (And Neither Are You!)

    Written by: Ted Coiné | February 3, 2012

    I spend a lot of time reading people’s social media bios. I know, get a life. But people fascinate me, and I love the opportunity different social sites give us to see how someone describes themselves in a sentence or two. For a lifelong student of psychology, you can’t beat it with a stick. Now, […] Read moreRead More»

  • Lead Like All Your Employees Are Volunteers

    Written by: Ted Coiné | January 31, 2012

    The other day I read an article about a well-known company anticipating a big competitive problem: huge attrition when its first employees are vested for their stock options, four years after their hire date. The CEO expects to hemorrhage talent, many of which he expects to be snapped up by his competitors. His question, asked […] Read moreRead More»

  • The Choice in Leadership

    Written by: Shawn Murphy | January 30, 2012

    For as long as we have managers, leadership will always be fallible, messy, exciting, rewarding, and conveniently dismissed. This is not to bash management. This is more a statement of being human. A reality glaringly staring us in the face easily overlooked because of its simplicity. And perhaps one we don’t like. Often when a […] Read moreRead More»

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