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Organizational Culture

Got a COO?

Dr. Ebbie Parsons, III | Posted 02.01.2016 | Business
Dr. Ebbie Parsons, III

Some argue that the role of a COO conflicts with the authority of the CEO and creates an unnecessary layer of management. While this argument may have some merit, the CEO is ultimately responsible for ensuring the success of the business. Recent research shows that there is a direct correlation between increased organizational performance and the presence of a COO.

WTF Is Organizational Culture?

Garrett Mintz | Posted 01.19.2016 | Business
Garrett Mintz

Organizational cultures are not universally good or universally bad for every person. Just because two organizations have the exact same activities (i.e. casual Fridays and philanthropic events) doesn't mean that those activities are received the same way at each company by the employees.

Unconscious Bias -- Making Millions From Theory

Sylvana Storey | Posted 01.15.2016 | Business
Sylvana Storey

In management today the term 'Unconscious Bias' (implicit bias) is now mainstream and, as an intervention, unconscious bias training continues a pace ...

The Plan

Austin Schneider | Posted 01.04.2016 | Business
Austin Schneider

2015 is nearing a close, and the notion of planning is all around us. Plan your resolutions, plan your budgets, plan your projects.

Leadership Myth Busting

Samie Al-Achrafi | Posted 12.03.2015 | Business
Samie Al-Achrafi

In his book, Leading from the Emerging Future, Otto Scharmer speaks to three pervasive leadership myths that reinforce the status quo that we observe around us. They sound like sensible propositions, but all of them send us in the wrong direction.

Fish Out Of Water: Learning the Codes of a New Environment

Kikanza Nuri-Robins | Posted 11.13.2015 | Black Voices
Kikanza Nuri-Robins

For a diverse organization to become inclusive, both dominant and non-dominant groups must develop and enhance their code-switching skills.

Oikos: The Origins of Economic Thought

Samie Al-Achrafi | Posted 11.11.2015 | Business
Samie Al-Achrafi

I wonder, what are the structural issues that lead us to re-enact unhelpful patterns of the past? What is the underlying blind spot that, if illuminated, could help us to see the hidden structures below the waterline?

How Organizational Culture Affects Work-Life Balance

Eryc Eyl | Posted 11.05.2015 | Business
Eryc Eyl

Even when well-meaning employers put programs in place like flexible work arrangements, work-from-home options, and other measures intended to help us live rich, complete lives, those programs often fall short because other elements of the organizational culture.

The Secret to Making Change Stick

Gina Soleil | Posted 11.04.2015 | Business
Gina Soleil

It's not about turning people into puppets. Change happens when you respect people for their individual brilliance and value their input along the journey. One thing most people can agree on is that change is hard, uncomfortable and many businesses do it very wrong.

The Future of Leadership

Samie Al-Achrafi | Posted 11.02.2015 | Business
Samie Al-Achrafi

Developing the new global leaders will take a different type of leadership experience combined with leadership development programs, unlike most of today's corporate learning programs.

Agile: Are You Doing it Right?

Bob Gower | Posted 10.29.2015 | Business
Bob Gower

Two of the most common questions I hear when working with customers, and that couldn't be more frustrating. Simply put, they are the wrong damn questions.

Unleashing Human Potential and the Future of Work

Lenny Sanicola | Posted 10.27.2015 | Business
Lenny Sanicola

In Deloitte's 2014 Global Human Capital Trends survey report, it was noted that a huge gap existed between the urgency of the talent and leadership issues facing leaders, and their organizations' readiness to respond.

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.

When Being Cheap Isn't Worth the Cost for Non-Profits

Alex Budak | Posted 10.20.2015 | Impact
Alex Budak

I believe there are three specific areas where it's imperative that non-profits spend more money, rather than less. And paradoxically by spending more money in these ways, it will reduce the total amount of money the organization spends over the long-term, all while magnifying the impact.

Are We Ready for the Four-Generation Workforce?

Samie Al-Achrafi | Posted 10.19.2015 | Business
Samie Al-Achrafi

There has been considerable focus on youth employment in recent years, but the UK's demographics are such that the fastest growing segment of the workforce is the over-50s.

Listening to the Mountain: The Right and Wrong of Risk

Bill Treasurer | Posted 10.12.2015 | Business
Bill Treasurer

Ed Viesturs is arguably the greatest American mountaineer that ever lived, or more accurately, lives. Ed has a reputation for being a calculated risk-taker, who refuses to compromise safety because of ambition.

The Three Pillars of a Catalytic Leader Per Red Hat CEO Jim Whitehurst

George Bradt | Posted 10.01.2015 | Business
George Bradt

In his new book, "The Open Organization", Red Hat CEO Jim Whitehurst makes the case for catalytic leadership. Managers direct. Leaders inspire and ena...

Practice These Phrases to Keep Yourself from Lying

Edward Muzio | Posted 09.25.2015 | Business
Edward Muzio

Whether you use "I don't know" or "I can't say," be ready: what happens next is... awkwardness. At a minimum, you've just broken the unspoken social norm that conversational questions are to be answered, not avoided.

The Future of Business

Samie Al-Achrafi | Posted 09.21.2015 | Business
Samie Al-Achrafi

Disengaged workforces. Water shortages. Financial oligarchies. Climate change. Charismatic leadership. Mass migration. Wealth inequality.

What Should Andrew Do?

Samie Al-Achrafi | Posted 09.18.2015 | Business
Samie Al-Achrafi

Andrew got into the office and fired up his laptop. He made himself a coffee and took a deep breath, as he prepared for the day ahead. Andrew joine...

Driven to Succeed

Samie Al-Achrafi | Posted 09.11.2015 | Business
Samie Al-Achrafi

Dopamine can be highly addictive, and is also released by alcohol, nicotine and gambling. In unhealthy corporate environments or deficient cultures, we can get addicted to performance and ignore the rules to ensure we achieve the next hit.

Recalibrating Purpose

Samie Al-Achrafi | Posted 09.10.2015 | Business
Samie Al-Achrafi

In my quest for a goalless life, I have taken the opportunity to recalibrate the purpose of my work and check-in with what I am in service of.

That'll Do, Pig: If You Care About Excellence, Stop Over-Praising

Spencer Critchley | Posted 09.08.2015 | Business
Spencer Critchley

In a meeting of nonprofit leaders the other day, I heard an executive praise some recent work done by his staff as "amazing" and "incredible." I hear this kind of thing so often that, normally, it hardly registers -- it's become the equivalent of someone saying "thank you."

Redefining Empowerment, Stress, and Hybrid Leadership in Global Organizations

Dr. Mario Martinez | Posted 08.28.2015 | Business
Dr. Mario Martinez

In my clinical and consulting psychology practice, as well as my work with global organizations in five continents and their respective cultures, I have identified operating variables that I believe are essential for sustainable productivity and wellness in the workplace.

Hello, Goodbye: Endings as Positive Opportunities

HopeLab | Posted 08.24.2015 | Business

Not all companies make an investment in the human side of endings -- and the results of that are easy to see. The traditional layoff process is largely a legal and transactional affair, full of practices that are well-intentioned but often leave employees feeling startled, hurt and betrayed.