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Culture, HR Insights

Why Office Politics Really Aren’t Such a Bad Thing

The best way to eliminate office politics is to stop them at the source. (Photo by istockphoto.com).

Office politics.

The very phrase typically garners a visceral reaction, everything from a subtle tensing of the shoulders to an eye roll, to an outspoken declaration that they will NEVER engage in political wrangling.

Here’s the bad news: Office politics is not something you can opt out of. Why? Because everyone around you is playing. You are in it whether you like it or not. Read more…

Culture, Leadership

Why Don’t More Boards of Directors Pay Attention to a Company’s Culture?

From the HR blog at TLNT

Twenty-first Century corporate governance is a busy job.

Acting on behalf of shareholders, boards of directors are paying attention to an escalating list of risks and rewards from a company’s undertakings. Like many activities within any organization, “the squeaky wheels get the grease.”

Other than in desperate situations such as “turnarounds,” culture seldom ranks as a pressing matter in the boardroom. That’s a big mistake.

During my tenure as a CEO, my Board of Directors never posed questions pertaining to corporate culture. I wasn’t surprised in the least. Jacobs Suchard Directors expected me to run their North American operation as an entrepreneurial enterprise, and as long as the returns were favorable, they assumed I was doing just that. Read more…

Culture, Talent Management

Five Great Out-of-the-Box Ways to Engage Your Employees

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It’s no secret that employee engagement drives productivity in the workplace.

In fact, organizations with a high level of engagement reported having 21 percent higher productivity, according to research by Gallup.

In an effort to create an engaging company culture that both boosts productivity in the workplace and creates loyal employees, companies are choosing to adopt new, unique ways of keeping their workers satisfied and engaged while at work. Read more…

Culture, Talent Management

Want a Good Measure of a Company? It’s How They Treat Those Who Quit

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I left my first post-college professional position after a little over four years on the job.

In that time, I had worked my tail off for the organization with 60-80 hour weeks as the norm, had been promoted twice, and had built a program that was one of the most innovative and forward thinking in the industry.

In return, after I gave my notice, I was refused any future reference (beyond confirming dates of employment), had no acknowledgement of my contribution, and was more or less treated like a leper for my remaining two weeks. Read more…

Culture, Talent Management

A New Way to Work: When Your Office Space Reflects Your Core Values

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As I left a recent presentation at one of our clients, I noticed the design of the hallway leading into the area. My comment was “wow.”

It stopped me in my tracks. The walls were adorned with a blow up of their core values. The other side of the wall were positive thoughts from famous people. I called it a Hallway of Positivity.

With all the talk about culture in organizations today, it makes me proud when I see organizations go all out in trying to create this atmosphere. I sure there are some that will say something like, “yes, but do they live it?Read more…

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The Quickest Way to Find What Is Really Valued – And How to Change It

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Most leaders can describe the values of their organization, but fewer are successful at “walking that talk.”

In fact, as communication increases about an organization’s values, there’s a greater risk that employees and customers will become cynical.

Why? Because the gap between the “walk” and “talk” is always more visible than we think. As anyone involved in a culture change process will know, it takes time and effort to align these two. Read more…

Culture, Talent Management

Fostering the Human Element and a Cycle of Engagement

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Leaders today know that employee engagement is the key to high performance, so let’s look below the surface and see what’s really involved in creating an engaged workforce.

One definition of engagement includes both the aspects of emotional involvement and commitment. You will want to keep those two aspects in mind as you continue to read my comments on this critical subject and understand why “heart” matters so much when it comes to engagement. Read more…

Culture, Leadership

Lessons in Leadership and Building a Culture From a Real Management Guru

Les Wexner

I was delighted to recently attend an event at Chief Executive Group honoring our long-time client and my personal friend, L Brands CEO Leslie Wexner, with a lifetime achievement award.

There are many company and CEO awards, and Les has been the recipient of many, but this one stood out for me as deeply significant and highly deserving.

The day after this event, I was struck by the comment by Jim Cramer that Les is “Dean of Everything in retailing,” and the notion that he is certainly a leader with much to teach the world. Read more…

Culture, HR News & Trends

The Word of the Year for 2014? It’s “Culture”

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The word of the year for 2014 was a hopeful one for workers.

Merriam-Webster recently announced that “culture” was the word of the year for 2014, given the large number of online lookups and a significant jump in lookups compared to 2013.

To be sure, workplace culture isn’t the only kind of culture people were interested in understanding better. Searches for “culture” also included students trying to get a basic understanding of the term, people interested in “celebrity culture,” and the recent debate over the concept of a “rape culture.” Read more…

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Cultural Strength: It Separates the Winners From the Losers

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When you know that your company will never be the low-cost producer nor will it ever have enough cash to outspend the big cat, there’s no choice but to find other ways to skin that cat.

Thousands of small to medium-sized businesses are successfully doing this. “How?” you ask.

The answer lies within those factors that do not require fat bank accounts. There are far more than you think. Read more…