I have heard people say it takes a minimum of eight years to change an organizational culture. Wrong. It certainly can take that long, but it doesn’t have to. Culture is complex, and depending on what parts you’re changing, a complete overhaul won’t happen overnight. But I have seen some pretty big turnarounds happen in […] Read more… Read More»
Productive, collaborative teams don’t just happen. Just like with positive work cultures, building a productive team takes strategy and leadership. You may have team members who individually are rock stars, but that doesn’t mean they know how to work well, or productively, with others. As a manager it is your responsibility to build a framework […] Read more… Read More»
“I was twelve or so. My dad asked what I wanted for my birthday. I said a subscription to Nature and Science. When it arrived, I was so frustrated. ‘This is science? I can’t understand a word of it!,’” she says with the joy of someone who eventually figured it out…. Read More»
In my last article, I looked at the issue of gender bias in the tech industry. My day job is organizing decision behavior and I’m always wary of the web of biases and prejudices we all carry with us. I knew I couldn’t explore this topic without getting out of the building and talking to […] Read more… Read More»
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»
Everyone wants a strong culture. That’s a given. And there is no shortage of opinions about what makes a culture strong…. Read More»
As many studies show, there are tremendous benefits to a positive, optimistic workplace. If your employees are happy they’ll be more productive. This has ramifications, positive ones, throughout a company or organization. This infographic from Change Activation and Noble Concepts Inc. gives us ‘5 M’s’ that can be used to create a culture of workplace wellbeing.
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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»
Back in February there was a lot of online outrage around what Bloomberg News called a “scorching” email sent to every employee of Restoration Hardware by its CEO & Chairman Gary Friedman. Many people quickly jumped to criticize Friedman’s harsh ALL CAPS language that included:… Read More»
Where do leaders spend the bulk of their time?
When I ask leaders that question, a great majority of them tell me they invest 95 percent of their time on results and processes. In their world, that’s what gets measured, monitored, and rewarded…. Read More»