Culture

Culture

Building a Framework For Cultural Change Through WE WIN

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A popular post I wrote for TLNT last year (The 9 Clear Steps to Organizational Culture Change) is still on the first page of Google search results for that topic.

I recently approached a training video company with course content based on that post and they felt culture is a topic best suited for top leaders. They explained that training video sales are higher if the content fits first line managers and individual contributors.

I explained the culture fundamentals that apply to top leaders also apply to work teams of any size since they are sub-cultures with behavior that’s also driven by cultural rules.

From that insight, the culture content was simplified and the WE WIN framework was born. Read more…

Culture, Rewards & Recognition

Motivating Employees Takes Culture, Peer Recognition, Going the Extra Mile

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What motivates employees?

Is it money? Feeling valued at work? Connecting with a company’s social mission?

All these are good answers, but a new Tinypulse survey from TinyHR titled The 7 Key Trends Impacting Today’s Workplace that analyzed over 200,000 employee responses relating to organizational culture found that “peers and camaraderie” are the No. 1 reason employees go the extra mile. Read more…

Culture

Finding the “Sweet Spot” of Success to Drive Organizational Change

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A “Sweet Spot” exists at the intersection of three areas of context for any business change or transformation.

It is critical for leaders to get context clarity on these areas to make the difference between a resounding successful change and a crashing failure.

Here are those three areas: Read more…

Culture, Leadership

4 Ways to Drive Your Organization’s Strategy With Better Execution

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For years, I have been trying to figure out why so many leaders tolerate poor execution and do nothing about it.

One unfortunate issue I see quite regularly is simply that some “big” executives seem to believe that execution is beneath them.

They view execution as a low-level job for other, less important, less strategic people to deal with. Read more…

Culture, Leadership

In Case You’ve Forgotten, Here’s How Real Leadership Looks

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This holiday season, you’ve probably seen or read about all the retailers opening their doors as early as 6 pm on Thanksgiving Day. We have decided not to follow that trend. Instead, we believe family comes first and you should be at home celebrating with them on this special holiday. This means none of our stores will be open on Thanksgiving Day. In addition, none of our stores will be open before 7 am on Black Friday. ” -- Michael R. MacDonald, CEO, DSW Shoes

I came across this on Facebook the other day. It rang so true to me since my wife and a lot of her friends work in retail from the management end. Read more…

Culture, Leadership

Essential Elements for Getting the Team On Board With Your Ideas

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When it comes to leadership, building alignment is essential to getting people on board with your ideas.

Alignment conserves time and energy by making sure every employee knows what they’re supposed to be doing and why, and provides a forum for asking questions and expressing concerns.

This builds emotional and rational buy-in and unites people around your vision. Read more…

Culture, HR Insights

Yes, Your Company Culture Is Really Just a Myth

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For years, I’ve been arguing that your company doesn’t have a culture.

If you believe you do, it’s because you are incorrectly applying the word “culture” to a group of people who behave a certain way because their lives are dominated by a few powerful figures in your office.

That’s it. Your crappy software company or little marketing agency doesn’t have a culture — it has a CEO and a leadership team that has particular points of view about how work should “feel.” Read more…

Culture

The Challenge in Getting People to Actually Buy Into Your New Strategy

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Think of the last time you bought a product you were very excited about.

Maybe it was the iPhone 6 with its sleeker look, improved features and screen size that forces you to buy pants with bigger pockets. Maybe it was the Lululemon yoga pants that are comfortable and stylish at the same time. Or maybe it was the new driver that you think will help your golf game and knock a couple of strokes of your handicap.

What did you feel when you bought those items? Probably a sense of excitement, a sense of anticipation and maybe even a sense of pride and emotional attachment.

Now, let me ask you how you felt that last time you were exposed to the strategy of your organization. Read more…

Culture, HR Insights

Want Lasting Change? It’s All About Making Waves at Work

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 It seems that the only constant these days is change.

We all have to navigate the changes that happen around us, but sometimes we also want to initiate change in our organizations and need to gain support from our colleagues to ensure the transformation succeeds. Here are a few tips on how to do just that from Patti Johnson‘s book Make Waves: Be the One to Start Change At Work and in Life. Read more…

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How to Create a Workplace You Would Love To Work In

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 My vision is to create a world I want to live in.” – Peter Bregman

Peter Bregman, founder of the Bregman Leadership Institute said this at a recent (and amazing) leadership program.

While his vision deeply resonated with me on a personal level, I also found myself thinking about what a great message it would be when applied to the workplace. Read more…