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»

change agent

Two Characteristics of a Successful Change Agent

In today’s workplace, being a change agent is crucial or soon your organization will become a fossilized relic. Merely staying the course is not enough. Change is only going to get faster as time progresses. Don’t believe me? Look at your job description. I bet if it’s over one year old it’s outdated. You will have to reinvent yourself several times over the next five years…. Read More»

employee engagement

5 Employee Engagement Pitfalls Senior Leadership Should Avoid

Levels of employee engagement across the nation, and even across the world, are dangerously low. According to Gallup, only 13 percent of employees worldwide feel engaged at work. That translates to about one in eight workers. It goes without saying that having 87 percent of your workforce feeling despondent and detached from their work is conducive to neither a happy nor a productive work environment…. Read More»

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