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Corporate Culture

Tech Overwork Culture is Killing Families

Psyched in San Francisco | Posted 11.23.2015 | Business
Psyched in San Francisco

If you or someone you know is caught up in the overwork rat-race, help to spread the word. We need to change the overwork culture from a badge of honor to a marker of imbalance -- if not for ourselves, for our children.

Performance Reviews Would Be Great If...

Randy Pennington | Posted 11.18.2015 | Business
Randy Pennington

Saying that few people like performance reviews is a massive understatement. Employees find them painful, at best, and often describe them with words such as demeaning, irrelevant, and disrespectful.

Evolving the Gender Discussion

Carissa Lada | Posted 11.05.2015 | Impact
Carissa Lada

I am a feminist. Of course I believe in gender equality, and equality for all people for that matter. I'm just not so sure we're going to get there if we continue to do only what we're already doing today.

The Chief Social Officer (CSO)

JD Gershbein | Posted 11.03.2015 | Business
JD Gershbein

As social media continues to reshape business models and drive the strategic planning process, new roles within companies are being defined. Corporations that were once reluctant to implement a social media policy now acknowledge its importance.

The Real Reason Your Co-Workers Hate You

Jessica Simko | Posted 11.03.2015 | Business
Jessica Simko

When you have to spend nine or more hours per day at work, with the same people, it's a given that the experience would be so much better if you actually liked and got along with the people you have to work with -- especially when it comes to your boss. Yet, for most of us there is typically one or more people who are a regular, major, and painful thorn in our sides.

Stewarding the Millennials: From Job Jumpers to Company Committed

Betsie Gambel | Posted 11.24.2015 | Business
Betsie Gambel

While baby boomers may have stuck with the same job for a lifetime, millennials don't like to sit still. Accustomed to instant gratification with drive up windows, multiple mobile devices and high speed connectivity, they don't like to stay in one place too long. And this attitude has transferred to the workplace.

Clean the Toilet

Peter Aceto | Posted 10.28.2015 | Business
Peter Aceto

My family and I are huge fans of the international phenomenon we know today as Cirque du Soleil. We are amazed and dazzled with each show and wonder how they can continue to innovate and surprise their audiences time and again.

Is a Lack of Trust Killing Your Culture?

Randy Pennington | Posted 10.27.2015 | Business
Randy Pennington

Trust is at the core of every strong relationship, and you can't sustain a culture where everyone is engaged to help you succeed without it.

Benghazi and Your Bottom Line

Eliot M. Wagonheim | Posted 10.21.2015 | Business
Eliot M. Wagonheim

To me, the Benghazi attack has become more than fodder for an ongoing investigation. It has become a cautionary tale for anyone who has ever owned or managed a business.

Equal Pay for Equal Results

Laura Mather | Posted 10.20.2015 | Business
Laura Mather

Hearing Anne-Marie Slaughter speak at Fortune's Most Powerful Women last week was nothing short of exhilarating. I've long been a fan of Slaughter's approach to changing strategies for greater equality, focusing not on changing attitudes or rallying working women to try harder, but on changing policies and systems.

The Four Hs of SendGrid

Oliver Leung | Posted 10.20.2015 | Business
Oliver Leung

According to Google Ngram, there has been a surge in the use of the words happy, honest, hungry and humble after a steady decline over the last century. The popularity of these adjectives may be a reflection of societal values. These are the same values that are fundamental to SendGrid's corporate culture.

Volkswagen's Dumb Culture

Mark Pastin | Posted 10.12.2015 | Business
Mark Pastin

The most striking fact about the scandal in which Volkswagen is currently embroiled is how hopelessly dumb the whole plot was. If the dumbness of this scheme is obvious, how did Volkswagen, a company known for its technical prowess, come to implement it?

Are You A Corporate Lifer? Females and the New Trend

Erika Sales | Posted 10.08.2015 | Business
Erika Sales

Companies with "lifers" create offer employees the rare currencies of safety and stability, protecting them from the chaos of the outside world. These companies have an understanding that by providing a certain type of order and expansion, positions become too valuable to leave.

Just be yourself

Peter Aceto | Posted 10.08.2015 | Business
Peter Aceto

what do the words of Paracelsus, Alterius non sit qui suus esse potest, mean? "Let no man be another's who can be his own," or more simply, just be yourself. The enemy of ambiguity is clarity. Be clear whenever you can.

Is Your Culture in Trouble?

Randy Pennington | Posted 10.05.2015 | Business
Randy Pennington

Here are seven signs that your culture is deteriorating. A single symptom is a cause for concern. Alarms should sound if you see two or three. If you are experiencing most or all of these, take immediate action. You may be on borrowed time and not realize it.

United Airlines CEO Oscar Muñoz Is Trying To Fix The Company's Corporate Culture

Dan Pontefract | Posted 10.05.2015 | Business
Dan Pontefract

Like many customers of United Airlines, I hope things improve. I know it will not happen overnight. Culture change is not a light switch anyone can magically press to inculcate the right behaviors and attitudes.

The 5-Step Process for Implementing a Companywide Mentoring Program

Jamilah Corbitt | Posted 09.29.2015 | Business
Jamilah Corbitt

When done properly, mentoring is an effective leadership development tool that can increase employee retention and engagement. The mark of a true leader is measured by his or her ability to create more leaders. If you invest in your employees, they will invest in your company.

Creating a 'Contagious' Corporate Culture

Matt Gantz | Posted 09.29.2015 | Business
Matt Gantz

The recent New York Times article on Amazon's "bruising workplace" sparked a firestorm of reaction. While I admire the giant retailer's singular accom...

The Case for Grace in Business

Jessica Federer | Posted 09.28.2015 | Business
Jessica Federer

When did the word "grace" vanish from our corporate vocabulary? I used it recently to describe a colleague as "full of grace," and saw puzzled faces. So I did a quick search online and found that the use of the word has plummeted in recent years.

Women's Advancement: 3 Things Men Aren't Telling Women

Jeffery Tobias Halter | Posted 09.24.2015 | Business
Jeffery Tobias Halter

Why is it so hard for men to have this conversation about female leadership? It's a question that almost answers itself when you scan our current business environment. I would say the main challenge for organizations is that they have not approached women as an "operating priority."

Is Your Culture an Anchor or an Accelerator for Change?

Randy Pennington | Posted 09.24.2015 | Business
Randy Pennington

A strong, vibrant organizational culture is the ultimate engine for accelerating change and adapting to new opportunities. It can also be an anchor that holds you back and contributes to your downfall.

When It's Time to Ignore Your Boss

Brian de Haaff | Posted 09.24.2015 | Business
Brian de Haaff

When your boss is not looking out for your best interests or the company's, it is time to go "transparent rogue" -- and do the right thing.

Four Ways of Fostering a Less-Than-Toxic Work World

Laura Mather | Posted 09.28.2015 | Business
Laura Mather

The natural effect of flexible, digital work environments are workdays that go beyond an 8 a.m. - 6 p.m. window. Vacations are critical to employee satisfaction and mitigating burnout.

How Everyone Wins When "We" Comes Before "Me"

Peter Aceto | Posted 09.23.2015 | Business
Peter Aceto

A mentor of mine once said: "You can't be an outlier unless you want to actually turn the tables upside down." It's time the business world turns the tables upside down.

When the Ivory Tower Tilts

Dr. Cindi Love | Posted 09.21.2015 | Education
Dr. Cindi Love

I hope higher education doesn't demise as a result of its corporatization. I hope we don't cover up what needs to be illuminated and corrected. I hope we are wise and committed enough to change what we need to change to ensure that the next generation has a chance to enjoy the benefits of a college experience or education.