Culture

Culture, Leadership

The 9 Keys to Highly Collaborative Workplace Cultures

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Work harder. Dress for success. Land the next big promotion. And whatever you do — make sure you win!

Widely regarded as a universal leadership and business asset, competitiveness is being re-evaluated in light of new research that may prove it does organizations and individuals more harm than good.

I recently attended the C-Suite Network Conference, and was completely intrigued by Margaret Heffernan’s presentation on the topic of competition, which was based on her book, A Bigger Prize: How We Can Do Better than the Competition. Read more…

Culture, Talent Management

Here’s Why Peer Relationships Are Everything In The Workplace

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Employees with more friends at work are more engaged, according to the Fall 2014 MoodTracker Report released by Globoforce.

Only 28 percent of employees who reported having no friends at work were engaged, while 69 percent who reported having at least 25 friends were highly engaged.

The implications are clear: We need more friends at work. Read more…

Culture, Leadership

Is There Ever a Cure When Workplace Cultures Get Sick?

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Measles, a disease once thought to be completely eradicated, is making a comeback.

The flu vaccine was only 18 percent effective this year, according to the Centers for Disease Control, as long-identified strains continue to mutate.

Hospitals breed superbugs and must continuously adapt to stop the spread of potentially fatal infections.

Just as healthy people can be felled overnight by a new disease or drug-resistant bacteria, companies can sicken and even collapse if their culture is allowed to get seriously unhealthy. Read more…

Culture, Leadership

The 5 Words Leaders Use That Do More Damage Than Good

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The most misunderstood phrase in corporate speak is “People are our greatest asset.”

Those five words do more damage than good.

That was the hook as I began my speech this week at the Great Place to Work list announcement in Dubai .

I have gotten so that when I hear that phrase, to me it is a signal that whoever said it is not really connected about those assets. If you have to say it, you probably do not believe it yourself. Read more…

Culture, Talent Management

Corporate Culture and Workplace Happiness at South by Southwest

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Engaged employees are the harbingers of workforce retention and happiness in the workplace, however numerous companies struggle with creating practices and protocols that result in enthusiastic personnel.

From haphazard questionnaires to ambiguous measurements, countless companies are striving to produce solutions that will boost morale and prevent great team members from leaving, but these companies are falling desperately short of their aspirations.

This begs the questions: Can happiness truly be measured? Can employee engagement be quantifiably tracked? Has the traditional employee engagement industry become obsolete? Read more…

Culture, HR Insights

Can You and Your Organization Truly Handle Transparency?

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A recent article in the Orlando Sentinel caught my attention.

It reports that a leasing company has stopped the process of making tenants agree in the lease to not post bad social media reviews, at the penalty of $10,000. Wow! I must be naïve because I just cannot fathom anyone making such a business decision. Well, it’s good they stopped it.

Reading a little deeper, apparently the leasing company was concerned about a “’growing trend’ of real estate renters posting unjustified and defamatory reviews on social media in order to negotiate lower rents.” OK, that is certainly unfair, if that is actually happening.

Trying to control what people write on social media, however, is a little bit like trying to bail out a sinking canoe. If someone wants to write a negative review and not pay a penalty, they’ll find a way to do it, even if it means getting cousin Gertrude to write the review. Read more…

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How Do You Create a Healthy Culture? It Takes Formalized Values

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Is your workplace inspiring, engaging, and productive or frustrating, dull, and stagnant? Or, is it somewhere in between?

Effective leaders pay attention to the quality of their work culture, every day. They know that culture drives everything that happens in their team or department or company, good or bad.

They invest time and energy observing interactions, engaging with players and customers, celebrating aligned behavior, and coaching misaligned behavior.

Unfortunately most leaders don’t pay much attention to the quality and health of their team, department, or company culture. Read more…

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How to Better Build a Better Employer Brand (Like Top Employers Do)

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The job market is changing, and job seekers are taking advantage of an improving market.

According to a Jobvite survey conducted in November 2014, job seekers are finding jobs easier, and more professionals are looking. The survey found that 45 percent of workers are open to a new job, even though they are satisfied in their current positions.

In sales especially, job seekers have an upper hand when choosing employers. CareerBuilder’s 2015 U.S. Job Forecast, conducted from November to December 2014, found that 36 percent of employers who plan to add full-time staff this year are looking for sales talent, representing the top industry adding new employees. Read more…

Culture, Leadership

It Takes Thoughtful Leadership to Truly Build a Trust Culture

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Imagine this …

Imagine walking into your leadership team meeting wondering whether the same old politics was going to play out.

  • Would the same people work their own private agendas, again?
  • Would the same people be silent and watch it happen?
  • Would everyone just be nice and kind and not honest, and let the meeting pass without ever addressing the elephant in the room? Read more…
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What’s a Top-Rate Organization? One That Gives People Keys to the Culture

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“They have a common goal and they have to get there together.”

That was a recent comment made by the coach of an NFL team, Chip Kelly of the Philadelphia Eagles. His comment that “culture beats scheme” was made in reference to trading one of his star players, who from all indications, was known as a prima donna and high maintenance.

“When he talks about culture, he’s talking about a 360-degree approach,” says David Carter, executive director of the University of Southern California Sports Business Institute. Read more…