Culture

Culture

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…

Culture, Leadership

Why Is American Business So Totally Addicted to Bad Managers?

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So once again I find myself pondering why there are so many bad bosses, and without negating any of my previous theories, this time I wanted to explore the role those surrounding the bad boss play in the horror show.

And I do mean horror show, because the focus of today’s discussion is not your run-of-the-mill ineffectual boss, the one who with a little more experience and coaching would be a really good boss.

No. Read more…

Culture, Leadership

Lesson From Apple: A Manifesto Beats a Mission Statement Any Day

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Is there a difference between a mission statement and a manifesto?

Yes and no. Their intentions may be the same but that’s where the similarity ends.

In practice, the outcomes of mission statements and manifestos are miles apart. Though manifestos and missions are crafted to bring people together behind a cause, manifesto’s have a much better track record of igniting action.

The best are so emotionally charged that their catalytic influence can endure for centuries. Such was the case for the 10 Commandments, and the Declaration of Independence. Read more…

Culture, Talent Management

Taking Initiative: Is It Better to Beg For Forgiveness or Ask For Permission?

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You’ve probably heard Grace Hopper’s famous axiom, It’s better to beg forgiveness than ask permission.” As a child, my father used to tell me that all the time!

As a pioneering computer scientist and one of the first female admirals in the U.S. Navy, “Amazing Grace” surely learned the value of begging forgiveness rather than asking permission during her long, storied career. Indeed, Hopper’s Law seems to make a lot of sense in many real-world situations.

But is it applicable to the workplace? Read more…

Culture

The Key to Succeeding After a Merger: Overcoming the Win-Lose Mindset

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Every day in the news lately you read about the latest mergers: Airlines, pharmaceutical companies, insurance companies, large retailers like Staples and Office Depot, all consolidating for so many business reasons.

Some are successful and create flourishing companies that benefit stockholders and employee’s careers. But here’s the really scary reality: It’s been well documented over many years that up to one-third of mergers fail within five years, and as many as 80 percent never live up to their full potential.

The main reason for this is what has been called “cultural clash.” Read more…

Culture, HR Management

HR Roundtable: The Challenges in Building a “People First” Culture

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The February HR Roundtable in Cincinnati gathered to discuss whether it truly was possible for a company to have a “People First” culture.

There are tons of mission statements and vision statements that say that people come first in an organization, but it is rarely practiced.

The traditional three questions to get the small groups started included:

  1. What components define/drive a company’s culture? Read more…
Culture

What Does Your Communication Style Say About Your Culture?

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Every company, department or team needs a leader.

Leaders set the tone for the organization’s culture. It is a proven fact.

Can you have a successful company without a CEO? Do football team captains play a major role in a winning season? Does a cruise ship need a captain to reach its destination safely? A focus on leaders is the natural design of how we operate as a society.

So, what education/training should be offered to develop the leaders, the influencers needed to grow your company, establish your branded culture, and obtain your business revenue goals of tomorrow? Read more…

Culture, HR Insights

Renaming HR: Maybe We Should Simply Call It Employee Engagement

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If your company is like most, you have a Human Resource department, and you may still call it HR.

For the traditional roles of Human Resources such as attracting, retaining and developing employees, the name makes sense. But, the responsibilities of this group are evolving, and the name HR fails to fully capture or give credit to the important ways this team serves and involves a company and its people.

Some 25 years ago, there were Personnel Departments. As the responsibilities changed and expanded to include services like benefits and compensation, the name became outdated and evolved into Human Resources. Read more…

Culture, Talent Management

Power of Core Values: Your Culture Determines Your Company’s Fate

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In the first chapter of The Power of Thanks, Eric Mosley and I introduce a very important concept that is a foundational principle of the book:

At the heart of great corporate successes and failures is a single observable phenomenon: the behaviors and values that constitute a company’s culture largely determine its fate.”

Of course, we dive much more deeply into why this is true, but to summarize – the values underlying your culture are the defining factors for how all employees should behave to achieve the organizational objectives. They also give employees a sense of greater meaning and context of their work. Read more…

Culture

What Your Employees Really Want (And How You Can Give It To Them)

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With all the research and literature on employee engagement, it’s amazing that so many companies still get it wrong.

Employee engagement can’t be an afterthought anymore. It has clear and measurable impacts on your company’s bottom-line. Companies spend obscene amounts of money trying to measure engagement and “move the needle,” without any real long-term results.

That’s simply because they’re doing it wrong. Read more…