8 Lame Phrases Bad Bosses Say

Some employers tend to underestimate the effect of their words and expressions on the morale of their workers. The truth is that what managers say and how they say it impacts employee engagement and loyalty, to the point when the supervisor’s comments become the prime motive for leaving the company. Here are some examples of things responsible employers should never say to their workers…. Read More»

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The #1 Workplace Culture Challenge

The word “culture” has lost its meaning due to the proliferation of over-simplified and inconsistent workplace culture content that’s all over the popular press. CEO’s know culture is important but there is a complete lack of clarity surrounding how evolving, shaping, leveraging, or changing it will help them overcome some of their greatest challenges and improve business results.

It’s a tremendous challenge to educate top leaders on how to effectively evolve their culture but that’s not THE greatest workplace culture challenge. The #1 workplace culture challenge is…… Read More»

Embracing the Core of Your Culture

You already have the ingredients to make your company far more powerful. You might not realize it, but there is something in the makeup of your company that a strong, dynamic culture can be built around. Something that can focus your whole organization on its prime purpose.

The key is identifying that thing…. Read More»

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»

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