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

Posted by on Apr 14, 2014 in Business, Culture, Engagement, Featured, Leadership | 12 comments

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.

Monkey in the Mirror

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

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.

Out With The Up, In With The Flat

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

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.

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

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

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.

How to Break Through the Resistance

Posted by on Apr 9, 2014 in Featured | 5 comments

John (that’s not his real name) was a CEO. He ran a large global business with outposts in over 40 countries, thousands of clients, and billions of dollars in revenue. He’s a storyteller. One of those people whose presence lights up the room. He can convince, persuade, cajole and charm with the best of them — it’s one of the many talents that helped him make it to the top.

John had a problem. He had a strategy.

Make Culture Your Strategic Advantage For Breakout Success

Posted by on Apr 7, 2014 in Business, company culture, Culture, Featured, Leadership, The Human Side TV | 1 comment

Thank God for this week’s guest, Tim Kuppler, former president of Dennison Consulting, author of The Culture Advantage and founder of Culture University. Not only does Tim get it, but he’s been studying it for most of his career. He wrote a book on it, a collaborative effort with four other experts, and he’s built an insight-delivery vehicle for leaders to access the true significance of this all-important aspect of business.

GM’s Mary Barra Will Lead the Greatest Culture Transformation of All Time

Posted by on Apr 7, 2014 in Business, company culture, Culture, Featured, Inspirational, Leadership, Strategy | 4 comments

The subject of workplace culture was once again in the limelight with the media and political circus surrounding the massive General Motors ignition switch recall crisis that led to at least 13 deaths. I started the research for this post thinking I would share some fundamentals about true culture change and connect them to GM’s management of this safety crisis. I now believe Mary Barra, the new GM CEO, will successfully lead one of the most significant culture transformations in history. We should all watch as this live case study unfolds because the insights will be meaningful for any organization.

The World Pays Off on Judgment

Posted by on Apr 6, 2014 in Business, Featured, Leadership, Strategy, Transparency | 1 comment

“The first principle is that you must not fool yourself and you are the easiest person to fool.” The article noted that the actions of many of the actors in these unfortunate events “rarely seem to have recognized the path they were going down because they decided to fool themselves.” So how do we, as leaders, avoid fooling the “easiest person to fool”?