The good news is that culture has caught on as a concept. but leading culture expert Edgar Schein, says it’s just as a “word” and people need to be aware that 90 percent of their behavior is driven by cultural rules and not personality.
Schein, a best-selling author and Professor Emeritus with MIT Sloan School of Management, shared this and other key insights about culture and leadership in the second part of a recent interview with CultureUniversity.com.
He continues to be troubled by the misuse of the word “culture” and the “failure of people to see that culture is not this surface phenomenon, but it is our very core, that we live in culture, we display a culture, and we are always driven by the culture.” Read more…
I recently have written about bosses being addicted to detail, or wasting time by not appreciating the cost of asking a question.
Several people came back to me and asked me to write about the other side of this problem — when your boss stays so high level that they don’t know what’s going on and don’t understand what needs to be done.
These types of bosses are frustrating because they just want things, big things. And when your boss lacks any understanding about what it takes, it’s hard to negotiate a do-able plan.
Here are some ideas about how to make your conversations with a big picture (clueless) boss go better. Read more…
How do I love thee? Let me count the ways.
I give you a fair wage. I give you competitive benefits. I give you a safe workspace. I give you freedom to work at home, and innovative tools to communicate. I give you beer bashes and company events. I give you a professional title. I give you a team, a staff, a department. I give you the work you love.
But it’s just not enough, is it? It’s never enough. You just keeping taking, and taking, and taking.
What else can I do? What’s that? Oh, I see. It’s not you, it’s me — is that it? Read more…
“How did it get so late so soon?” — Dr. Seuss, American children’s author
What is your time worth? How much do you personally value it?
We all think about these questions at some point. However, you may never have seriously considered their implications, possibly because you don’t really want to know.
But to lead effectively, you have no choice but to learn the answers to these questions. Read more…
Everyone should have the experience of getting a few rejection letters sometime in their lives.
I was thinking about this today because, a) I have gotten my fair share of them over the years; and, b) I was amused by this recent blog post in Mental Floss about 10 Rejection Letters Sent to Famous People.
Just the names of the people who got these rejection letters should make you sit up and take notice: Bono, Andy Warhol, Madonna, Kurt Vonnegut, Tim Burton, Steig Larsson (author of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and the Millennium trilogy), and Hunter S. Thompson, among others. Read more…
There is a discussion on LinkedIn titled As a Leader, do you hear less of the truth from your team?
As I am writing this, there are 105 responses. I have been seeing this on my weekly feed for some time, and each time I see it, it bothers me. Perhaps it’s time to explore why.
Fundamentally I am bothered by a sense that truth is growing more and more elusive. Read more…
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As I am preparing for a session next week with an executive team on Leading Transformation, I got thinking about what blocks organizations from getting done what they intend.
What blocks their business growth? What keeps them from executing decisively on new things?
Very often it’s a realization that the people you have sitting around the table are not the ones you need to take the business where it needs to go. Read more…
According to a recent study by CareerBuilder, 1 out of every 5 workers is planning to leave their job in 2014.
That’s a lot of disengaged employees.
After digging into the data, you find it’s not because these workers want a higher salary. Even though salary is important and makes up a large percentage (66 percent) of why people said they are dissatisfied with their current job, respondents were just as likely to attribute dissatisfaction to not feeling valued (65 percent). Read more…
Here are “Nine Things Your Employees Won’t Tell You That You Need to Know Anyway.” How many of them apply to you?
1. “If you can’t be a good boss to me, nothing else matters.”
Regardless of what else you and I may have in common — hobbies, educational background, sense of humor, political party, general world view, or even religion — if you can’t manage me well, I don’t give a damn about it. Read more…
How much of the average worker’s day is spent doing things that have nothing to do with furthering their work?
It varies according to the person and job, but you know it happens.
Time wasting — whether deliberate or not — may be the most pervasive obstacle to productivity in the white-collar world. Just as you would smooth your team’s way by removing procedural obstacles and providing methodologies and technologies that propel them forward, it’s up to you to chop out the time wasters, too. Read more…