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Posted by on Apr 16, 2014 in Business, Communication, Featured, Leadership, Strategy | 2 comments

The Key to a Successful Culture of Innovation

In order for companies to develop a culture of innovation, the people involved in innovation (from the practitioners to the executives to the broader employee base) must be able to communicate effectively about innovation — and they aren’t.

We recently conducted a survey of our global panel of innovation practitioners about the challenges associated with communicating about innovation in their companies. One topic we explored was the prevalence of companywide definitions for innovation-related terms.

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Posted by on Apr 15, 2014 in Featured, Leadership, Work That Matters Podcast | 0 comments

Getting Employee Recognition Right

Organizations that make it a practice to recognize employees have a greater chance of naturally integrating recognition into the culture. Whereas those who start a recognition program often create an obligatory, check-the-box program that too often fails to deliver “relational and personal” recognition, according to Saunderson, that resonates and is received as meaningful by employees.

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Posted by on Apr 15, 2014 in Business, Communication, Culture, Featured, Leadership | 1 comment

3-Signs You’re An Insulated Leader

If you are an insulated leader, you are missing the big picture. As a result, you are making decisions based upon poor—sometimes misleading—information. In today’s climate, you cannot afford to misinterpret the variables that make up your opportunity for a winning equation. As such, you need to remain aware of the insulation effect, or R-value, of your team by watching for these clues:

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Posted by on Apr 14, 2014 in Business, Culture, Engagement, Featured, Leadership | 7 comments

Switch and Shift’s Top 75 List of Human Business Champions

All around us are thought leaders who know that being “human first” must be a core characteristic. That focusing on building a positive, enabling work environment makes us far more productive. That engaging with employees and customers – as fellow humans worthy of respect – pays huge dividends. And that leading from a motivating, empathetic position is good for both our people and our profits.

It is those thought leaders we honor now.

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Posted by on Apr 13, 2014 in Business, Featured, Inspirational, Leadership | 3 comments

Monkey in the Mirror

The only way you can ever expect to be more and do more with your life is to understand that sometimes, you have to be willing to go above and beyond what others are doing around you. Taking the path of least resistance or settling for “good enough” just because that’s what everyone else is doing just won’t bring home the bananas.

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Posted by on Apr 11, 2014 in Business, Featured, Leadership, Strategy | 0 comments

Out With The Up, In With The Flat

First, I think it’s important for everyone to understand what a flat hierarchy really is. Essentially, what it means is that everyone is on the same level. In a traditional hierarchy, there are multiple levels of authority, and usually the hierarchy will dictate who to report to, who makes the decisions, etc. A flat hierarchy is a complete restructuring of this way of thinking – it’s not a simple change.

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Posted by on Apr 10, 2014 in Featured, Leadership, Work That Matters Podcast | 4 comments

Why Women (and Men Who Think Like Them) Will Rule the Future of Work

Feminine values aren’t about gender, but guide the way we relate to people. They are the wellspring that shapes one’s leadership – male or female. Given the destructive nature of “thinking that have contributed to many of the problems we face today, from wars and income inequality to reckless risk-taking and scandal,” masculine-based values are depleting the sources of inspiration and crippling workplace cultures.

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