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It Takes Guts to Build a Culture of Openness

There is this peculiar thing leaders talk about; this so called ‘Culture of Openness.’ For the late-comers, the idea of an organizational Open Culture is dead simple: it is about allowing everyone to dare to talk freely (even when the going gets tough); it is about allowing not ‘failure’ but ‘experimentation’; it is about accountability. The self-evident rationale is: to accelerate the flows of information in every direction (top-down, bottom-up, sideways) so as to de-silo a structure. For what purpose? To speed-up everything: best practices exchanges, innovation, new product development, time-to-market, etc…. Read More»

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Finding Peace in a Hectic Work Environment

Its 7 am. You roll out of bed and struggle to get ready and out the door in time to arrive at work before 9. Your arrival at work certainly doesn’t mean a quiet cup of coffee though; rather you have an inbox full of emails to respond to, reports to look over, drafts of project ideas to be sent off, and surprise, an impromptu team meeting. By the time you look at the clock it is already 2:30 – did you eat lunch today? Probably not, but there’s no time now since you need the rest of the afternoon to work on a presentation for tomorrow morning…. Read More»

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Stop Promoting Assholes: Culture Impacts the Bottom Line

Emma Seppala, a professor at Stanford, has a new book out called The Happiness Track. One of the most popular pieces I’ve written in the past few months, ‘You’ll Never Have A Good Work Culture Unless You Stop Promoting Assholes,’ is rooted in some of her research too. Now she has an excerpt from her book over at Wharton’s website, entitled ‘Why Compassion Serves You Better Than Self-Interest.’… Read More»

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