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Want to Make Change Happen? You Need Change Architects to Make It So

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IBM recently released an executive report titled Making Change Work … While the Work Keeps Changing (How change architects lead and manage organizational change).

The report, which is based on data from their latest Making Change Work study seems a very pertinent one for the times.

As a whole, we know that this is a period of significant change for the workforce. We talk about these changes, and how they can and are affecting organizations, but there is significantly less talk around how organizations are successfully managing such change – which is exactly what IBM’s report dives into. Read more…

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Here’s How We Cope When Our Workplace Culture Is On Fire

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The roof, the roof, the roof is on fire. We don’t need no water let the m-f burn.” – The Bloodhound Gang

At least, that’s the melodic hip-hop mantra many of us have wanted to repetitively belt out at some point in our world of work lives (with an unapologetic emphasis on the unabbreviated curse word, of course).

Not because we’re having so much fun dancing around the water cooler, or in the break room, or the conference room, house music thumping in our heads, but because our workplace culture around has all but burned out our aspirational goals. Read more…

Culture, Talent Management

When It Comes to Good Management, It’s All About Just Walking Around

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I can’t believe this guy. He did not show any concern as to why I was leaving. He is the CXX and he had three people leave within the past month, plus me. And with all of us, there was no exit interview or anything.

When I tried to steer the conversation to the office environment, he countered as if it was all our fault. Totally clueless.

After that conversation, I to concur that one of the hallmarks of a great leader is the ability to LISTEN. If your organization is suffering withdrawal and your turnover is inching up, you should be concerned. That is a basic. Read more…

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Motivating People: It Takes the Four Roots of Engagement

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Haven’t we talked about employee engagement enough?

Nope! Despite the amount of time, energy and effort that organizations around the globe are investing in helping engage people in work, things aren’t improving much.

Weekly pizza socials, guest speakers and telecommuting options are certainly appealing. I like pizza as much as the next guy. And, sure, a monetary bonus and summer hours will certainly put a smile on someone’s face.

But here’s the issue – none of these things will motivate your people day in and day out. These tactics don’t drive people’s discretionary efforts, passion or dedication. Read more…

Culture, HR Management

Diversity at Work: It’s About Helping Employees Uncover Their Individuality

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As the authors of the Harvard Business Review article, Fear of Being Different Stifles Talent, point out, diversity is an almost universal value in corporate America today.

However, the authors’ research proves employees still feel pressure to hide or “cover” some aspect of their individuality which they feel makes them different.

Examples of aspects which employees feel the need to cover include downplaying one’s age, their ethnic background, parental status, or physical disabilities. Employees want to blend into the crowd so as not to stand out. Read more…

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It’s Leadership’s Corporate Responsibility to Listen to Employees

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In 1986, Space Shuttle Challenger broke apart 73 seconds after launch because of a failed O Ring that employees of NASA had earlier highlighted as a risk. Investigation into the tragedy revealed that NASA’s employees tried to sound the alarm before launch.

For various reasons, they were not heard and seven people lost their lives.

The story of Challenger has been studied and dissected by every business school class, as an example of how the culture of silence is an overwhelming threat to an organization. Read more…

Culture, Talent Management

Is a Dress Code Needed for Exceptional Job Performance?

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Golf is a game of stretch goals.

While some of these are fairly common, such as scoring a birdie, others are more elusive. The most famous of these white whale goals is the hole-in-one.

Imagine, then, being able a check a hole-in-one off of your golfing bucket list, and doing so in Scotland at the home of golf, St. Andrew’s. For many golfers, it’s the stuff of dreams. Read more…

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Want a Compliant Workplace? Then Foster a Vibrant and Positive Culture

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If you’re a parent, you’re probably familiar with the expression, “Do as I say, not as I do.

As we strive to set a good example for our children, and recognize that they’re watching our every move, we often wish they’d only heed our advice and not our actions.

It’s not much different in the workplace. In an effort to create a vibrant, positive and respectful workplace culture, it’s essential that your managers and leaders set a good example. While the connection may not be obvious, that includes compliance with labor laws, particularly with respect to the legal rights of your employees. Read more…

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Purpose-Driven Leadership: It Casts a Long Shadow and Teaches Us a Lot

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When the CEO of one of the nation’s largest pharmacy chains announced that the company would stop selling tobacco products in its 7,700 drug stores, he made headline news and set a powerful example for others to follow.

CVS Caremark (recently renamed CVS Health) President & CEO Larry Merlo put a firm stake in the ground by voluntarily forgoing a source of $2 billion a year in revenue.

So, you might be wondering, what was he thinking? Read more…

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It Takes the Right Talent Mix to Get the Culture Thing Right

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No the manager was cool, it was just that I could not survive in that culture. I had to get out.

We have all heard the phrase that people don’t leave companies, they leave managers. Well, hearing that had me thinking.

Yes, this makes sense. I quit Martha Stewart because the culture had changed dramatically. I loved the people, but the toxicity at that time was a bit much. I walked out with a job in sight. Read more…