How Identifying Symbols Can Enhance Team Culture

It is said that a group of people is only really a team when they experience a shared identity. But it is hard to simply create an identity; usually this can only emerge. It often can’t be forced; it’s a natural process. It takes time to grow and nurture a shared feeling of belonging which holds teams, departments, and organizations together. [Magic of Teams, “Constructing a Team Identity”] You don’t develop an identity just by making people share a room or a building with each other. However, there is something you can do to help people develop an identity by themselves…. Read More»

How to Cut Through Fake Talk to Increase Employee Engagement

The old adage around personal engagement used to be, “Managers trump companies!”, meaning that individuals joined a company, but left their boss. In the last several years, the high engagement of an organization’s employees has drawn even more attention. Recent research on engagement shows that high engagement drives financial results. Additionally, the notion of engagement has come to encompass more than just the people skills of a manager. Employees are engaged by an ever increasing number of factors that serve to attract and retain quality performers…. Read More»

How Futuremakers Can Inspire and Lead Culture Change

FutureMaker (noun) \ˈfyü-chər ˈmā-kər\ : a person responsible for making the future happen and inspiring others to do the same. Creating major culture change at an established company in a traditional industry can be a tall order. Mike Kirley knows that. He’s chief operating officer at McGladrey, and he is helping lead the company and […] Read moreRead More»

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»

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