Why Your Workplace Culture Needs Play

“Play” lights me up. Why? It brings out such values as curiosity, learning, development, collaboration and being in co-creative relationships with others. Play speaks to the human side of business. It’s fun, developmental, positive and when freely initiated it’s self-organized. Play is a developmental and life-long activity…. Read More»

10 Strategic Principles Needed to Lead Change Management Efforts

According to a 2013 Strategy&/Katzenbach Center survey of global senior executives on culture and change management, the success rate of major change initiatives is only 54 percent. This is far too low. The costs are high when change efforts go wrong—not only financially but in confusion, lost opportunity, wasted resources, and diminished morale. The following list of 10 guiding principles for change can help you navigate the treacherous shoals of transformation in a systematic way…. Read More»

Busting Up Career Plateaus: How to Avoid Complacency and Remain Engaged in Your Work

You’re stuck. You feel frustrated. You hate what you are doing. You begin to feel resentment towards others at work. Does any of this sound familiar? These are feelings that are often wrapped around career plateaus. You’re not alone – everyone inevitably hits a plateau of some degree during their career. And when it happens, this can be very damaging if you are not careful.

My job is to bring you the good news…… Read More»

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The Wisdom in Asking Why

I’ve never donated a cent to my alma mater, William & Mary. I’ve given a little directly to the swim team, but not to the alumni association or the college directly. Even in the two years I was running my own nonprofit foundation, this good cause did not make the list of organizations we gave to. I loved W&M while I was there, and I love it now. So why haven’t I ever donated to my old school?… Read More»

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How to Set Goals You Really Want to Achieve

Instead of classic goal setting, we need to paint a picture of what success in its entirety looks like to you. What is your personal desired outcome(s) over the next year or few years? For a business, what does success look like to your firm? What you want to describe is the entire picture of what you care about and how your life will look when you reach the desired outcome you are seeking. We want to think about the different components of who we are and what matters to us…. Read More»

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4 Foundational Areas Effective Leaders Invest Their Energy

The core problem with working longer hours is that time is a finite resource. Energy is a different story. Defined in physics as the capacity to work, energy comes from four main wellsprings in human beings: the body, emotions, mind and spirit. In each, energy can be systematically expanded and regularly renewed…. Read More»

Can Your Company Evolve Into A Workplace Culture Of The Future?

Welcome to the modern world of over-the-top workplaces, designed to save employees time, money, and life-aches. The brightest companies have been paying close attention to employee wellness for years, to embrace new capacity, greater productivity, and a positive culture. Management discussions are placing more emphasis on benefiting their company quotidian and HR brand, while fiercely protecting their bottom line. Make no mistake; top employees either wake up eager to engage a workplace culture they love, or are seeking to exit a workplace culture they hate…. Read More»

The GM Culture Crisis: what leaders must learn from this culture case study

Mary Barra was called before House and Senate Subcommittees two months ago to explain the GM ignition switch recall crisis. I wrote a post for Switch & Shift and predicted Mary Barra would lead the greatest culture transformation of all time. There were many signs that seemed to indicate she understood the scope of the culture challenge ahead of her and some of her initial steps were in the right direction. That predication isn’t looking good after release of the Volukas Report and Mary Barra’s initial response in a Town Hall meeting with employees…. Read More»

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