Those of us in HR and Leadership roles have seen too many walls go up between the different generations. There’s mistrust and unease all around. The Millennials consider the Boomers a bunch of old fogeys. The Xers feel caught between. Boomers can be condescending and closed-minded. And who suffers most because of this generational dysfunction? The organization! … Read More»
Thank God for this week’s guest, Tim Kuppler, former president of Dennison Consulting, author of The Culture Advantage and founder of Culture University. Not only does Tim get it, but he’s been studying it for most of his career. He wrote a book on it, a collaborative effort with four other experts, and he’s built an insight-delivery vehicle for leaders to access the true significance of this all-important aspect of business…. Read More»
The subject of workplace culture was once again in the limelight with the media and political circus surrounding the massive General Motors ignition switch recall crisis that led to at least 13 deaths. I started the research for this post thinking I would share some fundamentals about true culture change and connect them to GM’s management of this safety crisis. I now believe Mary Barra, the new GM CEO, will successfully lead one of the most significant culture transformations in history. We should all watch as this live case study unfolds because the insights will be meaningful for any organization…. Read More»
When companies tell me their workplace culture and trendy furniture build employee engagement, I try to help them see that they’re focusing on the wrong part of the equation. They’re focusing on what, not why. The “what” can reveal a lot about a company, but it’s the “why” that tells you it’s a good company to work with. What factors contribute to the “why” of employee engagement? Here are the top 5 questions I ask business and HR leaders to answer. They’re intentionally written from an employee’s point-of-view. If you answer honestly, your organization’s engagement strengths and weaknesses should become more clear:… Read More»
We want to drink the kool-aid, just without the poison. Please.
“I started this company from nothing” “This is the way it’s always been done” “This is not up for discussion” “It’s my way or the highway” “Just do your job and be quiet”
Sound familiar ? Yes I know, not all leaders, owners and CEO’s think and feel this way. Unfortunately, a lot of them still do. This is for you who still do. The ones driven by ego and arrogance. It’s time for a change, my friends…. Read More»
Organizations help bring out the best in their employees by creating environments where people love to work. When employees are at their best, not only do they feel great, but they get terrific results for their organizations. Here are some suggestions for creating a culture where people feel tremendous satisfaction and reward…. Read More»
Here’s some startling news: More than 70% of change initiatives fail. According to both Harvard Business Review’s, Cracking the Code of Change, and Gallup Business Journal’s, Most Change Initiatives Fail – But They Don’t Have To, this 70% failure rate stands as the norm. But, there’s more: the HBR article was written in 2000, the Gallup article written in 2013. What does this tell us? Something hasn’t changed, and it’s not just change initiatives…… Read More»
Many people seem to believe that the human resource department is on the side of the employer while masquerading as the defender of resources. Others believe that this department helps to create culture and that its purpose is to serve the people while masquerading as the defender of the employer.
OK, I get it. But here is a more powerful point…… Read More»
“Curiosity may have killed the cat, but it saved my ass,” Michael J. Fox said. In an economy of individuals with everyone in the world close to all the information in the world, organizations can no longer just copy-paste their strategy and plans from the year before. There is no way back. The open world […] Read more… Read More»
We all want to know that we make a difference, that we have something to offer. I’ve been struck recently by someone near and dear to me who has entered work in the corporate world. He’s a highly motivated, bright and engaging individual with significant business experience and an MBA from a well respected […] Read more… Read More»