Stop Creating a “This” or “That” Culture

Oh, yes, I got sucked into the culture of “this” or “that” creating game several years ago.

Back then I designed and regularly presented a workshop, which I called “Making a Real Recognition Culture.” I even wrote regularly about it when politely asked. No matter the format the content was always well received and respected.

These days we banter around the idea that we can create any type of culture you want from a million different stripes needed right in your very own workplace. Which is quite amazing when you really think about it…. Read More»

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4 Foundational Areas Effective Leaders Invest Their Energy

The core problem with working longer hours is that time is a finite resource. Energy is a different story. Defined in physics as the capacity to work, energy comes from four main wellsprings in human beings: the body, emotions, mind and spirit. In each, energy can be systematically expanded and regularly renewed…. Read More»

Your Company Culture Could Be Killing Performance

Don’t go conducting that annual employee survey if all you’re going to do is lock yourself in your executive suite and try to solve organizational issues on your own.

The culture of your company has developed and evolved over time through tens of thousands of interactions with leaders, customers, and employees, so you can’t expect to steer the organization by yourself…. Read More»

5 Ways To Break Down The Generational Walls In Your Workplace Culture

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»

Make Culture Your Strategic Advantage For Breakout Success

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»

GM’s Mary Barra Will Lead the Greatest Culture Transformation of All Time

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»

5 Employee Questions Every Company Should Answer

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»

It’s a Culture, Not a Cult

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»

8 Essential Elements for Finding Fulfillment at Work

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»

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