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Organizational Culture

Sensible Only in Retrospect: Extracting Useful Advice from the Linear Lie

Edward Muzio | Posted 05.15.2015 | Business
Edward Muzio

If you're at the start of a career or in the early stages of a business, few things are more useful than the real histories of those who have gone before. It's just that there's a trick for extracting useful and actionable truth.

Do People Want to Work At Your Company or Do They Need to Work There?

Jacob Morgan | Posted 04.27.2015 | Business
Jacob Morgan

Companies as we know them today were largely started from and based on two entities. The Hudson's Bay Company was into the business of fur trading and was founded in 1602. It grew to around 1,500 employees.

What Difference Does a $70,000 'Minimum Wage' Make?

Eryc Eyl | Posted 04.23.2015 | Business
Eryc Eyl

By the end of this year, no Gravity Payments employee will make less than $50,000 per year, and by the end of 2017, that number will be $70,000. While there's no doubt that there will be unintended consequences of this bold move, it's important to workers everywhere for a number of reasons.

Why Smaller Teams Are Better Than Larger Ones

Jacob Morgan | Posted 04.15.2015 | Business
Jacob Morgan

This is going to be a two-part post. In this first part, I want to share research that I have come across around why smaller teams are better than larger ones.

Why Failure Is Your Best Competitive Advantage

Jacob Morgan | Posted 03.31.2015 | Business
Jacob Morgan

This is going to be a two-part post. In part 1, I will explore why failure can be a powerful competitive advantage, and in part 2, I will explore how to leverage failure as a competitive advantage.

Remembering Einstein on His Birthday: Welcoming Different Perspectives

Great Work Cultures | Posted 05.18.2015 | Business
Great Work Cultures

Saturday, March 14, would have been Einstein's birthday. Looking through my Dad's stuff, I came across this photo, which reminded me of all the happy...

The Future of Work: Creating Purpose-Driven Organizations

Anne Loehr | Posted 04.28.2015 | Business
Anne Loehr

It's time to change the way we work.I don't mean a revolutionary time management system, or a productivity breakthrough. I'm talking about integrating purpose into the workplace.

Nonprofit Leadership: Smooth Successions and Successful Starts

Steve Nardizzi | Posted 04.20.2015 | Impact
Steve Nardizzi

In today's society, nonprofit organizations play an invaluable role, providing critical services to some of our country's and world's most vulnerable individuals and driving real, positive impact.

A Secret Strategy for New Professionals That Want to Drive Change

Courtney O'Connell | Posted 04.15.2015 | Business
Courtney O'Connell

Almost every time I give a keynote on innovation, I am asked by a new professional (or two, or three..) about how they can go about driving change in their organization from the "bottom of the totem pole." The secret to accomplishing leadership from an entry or mid-level position can often be found in the "unwanted" tasks.

7 Steps to Achieve a Transparent Culture

Terri Wallin | Posted 03.18.2015 | Small Business
Terri Wallin

Transparency promises to vanquish backroom chicanery, dispel fear and expunge the value of lying. Savvy organizations scheme to make transparency part of their game plan for transparency is the cornerstone of trust.

Detectives, Students and Explorers: Seizing the Opportunity to Reinvent the Future of Work

Great Work Cultures | Posted 03.16.2015 | Business
Great Work Cultures

The reigning idea of having a "good job" is the legacy of the industrial revolution(s) and was a relatively stable concept for about a hundred years. That age is over. The order and systems that we've based our expectations and plans upon have changed.

Altered States: Why to Change Your Organizational Culture and How

Terri Wallin | Posted 02.21.2015 | Small Business
Terri Wallin

It is a choice to embrace an altered state, i.e. a transformation. Once you are successful with a transformation, your organization is equipped to replicate the success. Transformation provides a built-in learning opportunity for everyone in your organization, which makes the organization nimble and eager to take on new things.

Rethinking Work is a Social Contagion

Susan Scrupski | Posted 04.01.2015 | Business
Susan Scrupski

It's about that time again. We're prepping for our annual year-end board meeting coming up in a couple weeks.

Could You Pass the Gravy? Fear and Anxiety in the 2014 Workplace

Jim Finkelstein | Posted 01.20.2015 | Business
Jim Finkelstein

Employees who survived the fiscal firestorm were happy to find themselves still employed in the workplace found themselves looking over their shoulders wondering what could be coming and employing a new modus operandi.

4 Steps to Maintain Organizational Culture With Freelance Employees

Anne Loehr | Posted 01.07.2015 | Business
Anne Loehr

Organizational culture is dynamic. As the centerpiece of culture among your organization's workforce, you can make a tremendous impact. Start with yourself, and take time in selecting and nurturing your freelance workforce. Above all else -- remember that talent is not expendable, in-house or not.

The Culture of Collective Impact

Paul Schmitz | Posted 12.22.2014 | Impact
Paul Schmitz

I came to believe in collective impact from a cognitive dissonance I increasingly experienced during two decades of work in the nonprofit sector.

Winning the CEO Succession Horse Race

Jeffrey M Cohn | Posted 12.15.2014 | Business
Jeffrey M Cohn

At some point, virtually every ambitious executive asks this question. According to a recent global study a remarkable 87% of managers aspire to the corner office. But it's not just whether you think you deserve the top job, it's whether your board of directors thinks you deserve it.

Lessons From a Legend - Excerpts from Keith Reinhard's Any Wednesday

Cari E. Guittard | Posted 11.28.2014 | Business
Cari E. Guittard

For many years I had the great privilege of working for one of the legends in advertising, Keith Reinhard, Chairman Emeritus of DDB Worldwide. Keit...

How Do You Work Best?

Great Work Cultures | Posted 11.16.2014 | Business
Great Work Cultures

When do you work best? Is it between the hours of 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.? Or do you perhaps have the clearest head at 7 a.m. and trouble focusing in the afternoon? Is it only on Monday through Friday? Or do you sometimes struggle to think straight on Mondays, but have great ideas on Saturdays?

You Can Be Invisible, Even in a Visible Role

Great Work Cultures | Posted 11.09.2014 | Business
Great Work Cultures

Have you or someone you know been personally impacted by disengagement? Do you manage someone (or more than one) who isn't engaged? Is a loved one struggling to reconnect and reengage in all facets of their life?

Don't Fix Management; Replace It

Great Work Cultures | Posted 11.05.2014 | Business
Great Work Cultures

Some of us took advantage of that freedom and blew off some of our classes or even entire courses. But most of us learned how to make the choices that gave us both a good time and a good education.

Can an Established Nonprofit Still Be Innovative?

Joseph Amodeo | Posted 11.03.2014 | Impact
Joseph Amodeo

It's a question that any "blue chip" company has to be ready to respond "yes" to in order to ensure continued growth. So if being innovative is viewed as being critical to a for-profit company's success, why wouldn't such a standard also apply to nonprofits?

It's Story Time: Corporate Storytelling Brings Results

Anne Loehr | Posted 10.22.2014 | Business
Anne Loehr

The power of storytellers sharing their lives with the audience cannot be underestimated. The same power can be brought to your business with corporate storytelling.

Helloooooooooooooo STRATEGY

Sylvana Storey | Posted 10.15.2014 | Business
Sylvana Storey

Do the behaviours that are visible in the culture lead us towards achieving the organisations objectives, serving its purpose, living our values and enhancing our ways of working?

Organizational Excellence Is About Being Perfect Together

Great Work Cultures | Posted 10.14.2014 | Business
Great Work Cultures

When organizations work well, they allow ordinary people to do extraordinary things. That's because they can be powerful vehicles for combining our strengths in a way that makes the whole far greater than the sum of the parts.