entrepreneurial culture

12 Entrepreneurial Culture Elements That Should Be Integrated Into Corporate Culture

Young Entrepreneur Council (YEC) is an invite-only organization comprised of the world’s most promising young entrepreneurs. In partnership with Citi, YEC recently launched BusinessCollective, a free virtual mentorship program that helps millions of entrepreneurs start and grow businesses. Twelve entrepreneurs share which elements of their entrepreneurial culture they would insist on taking with them to a corporate job if they were to give up their position…. Read More»

business morality

A Political Argument for Increased Business Morality

I’ve always been cautious about mixing social morality and business morality. This is in part because I’m cautious about the ways powerful entities like commercially successful enterprises can too-easily force the leaders’ narrow personal values on their employees, community and customers. But this presidential election has me rethinking my caution…. Read More»

business intelligence

3 Ways to Tear Down Silos and Boost Your Business Intelligence

Business intelligence departments are the visionaries of organizations. They’re focused on the next generation of products. So they often don’t feel a need to be in constant contact with IT or marketing teams. Likewise, the IT and marketing employees tend to stick to their own departments, preferring to work and socialize with those who are cut from the same professional cloth. Most leaders see this separation as a positive one; they think a little competition among departments improves performance. But that bias, grouping like with like, is also what drives us to create silos in our businesses, and it’s a habit we need to break…. Read More»

managing change

Three Key Tips for Managing Change as a New CEO

When a new CEO takes the helm, a certain number of doors and windows for managing change will open, for a limited amount of time, and then shut again. These are opportunities to change the status quo, move in a new direction, or even change the culture. So as a CEO, how do you make the most of this fleeting opportunity? Here are some tips…. Read More»

negative culture

How to Avoid Creating a Negative Culture of Cynicism and Sabotage

It’s no surprise that when senior executives perceive employee apathy and read that three-quarters of their people are looking for new jobs, despite $700 million spent on engagement, they become cynics. Some may even begin to suspect that employees claim to be disengaged just so they can get new perks, but, as we’ve said, engagement works. The key to success is knowing what engagement is, how it differs from satisfaction, and how to cultivate it on an organization-wide scale. Let’s take a look at the first two issues…. Read More»

core values

The Real Problem with Core Values and Organizational Culture

One of the first thing leaders do when they finally turn their attention to culture is to develop a list of core values. And there is an obvious logic to this that you can trace back to the fundamental definition of culture. Some people will say culture is “how we do things around here.” There’s some truth to that, but that’s just the behavior side. It turns out the behavior is driven by something deeper: what is valued…. Read More»

team efforts

Team Efforts: Smooth Dancing or Stepping on Toes?

How coordinated are team efforts in your organization? Do team members gracefully engage, solving problems and supporting each other, or are their interactions messy, frustrating, or even chaotic? Recent experiences have shed light on the latter, in many organizations. Some of the most glaring have been on a very different stage… literally…. Read More»

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