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Who Owns the Culture? The Chief Executive

Terri Wallin | Posted 07.24.2014 | Small Business
Terri Wallin

For the organization at large, it is the chief executive who owns the culture. The larger the organization, the more cultures multiply. From department to department, cultures can be quite different, depending on the department leader. In any case, the leader of the organization ultimately owns the organizational culture.

3 Things Orgs Can Learn From How History's Biggest Thinkers Spent Their Days

Crystal Kadakia | Posted 07.15.2014 | Business
Crystal Kadakia

We often benchmark companies to learn best practices, but in people management, we rarely benchmark our practices by looking at high-performing individuals.

How to Lead Big Change in a 100-Year-Old Organization

Laura Garnett | Posted 06.25.2014 | Business
Laura Garnett

When Beth Ann Kaminkow was named CEO of TracyLocke, a 100-year-old creative agency that is a subsidiary of Omnicom, she found herself at the helm of a...

Is There Such a Thing as Pre-Innovation?

Scott MacFarland | Posted 05.26.2014 | Business
Scott MacFarland

There is a lot to say about innovation management these days. Pretty much everywhere you turn, someone is writing about how innovation is, or is not b...

Quality of Life Is The New Money

Debbie Robins | Posted 05.13.2014 | Business
Debbie Robins

If you want to align the behavioral patterns of your organization so they actually mirror your vision and value statements, culture is the key.

The Four Tenets of Individual Courage

Jonny Bentwood | Posted 04.05.2014 | Business
Jonny Bentwood

It is the duality of individual-initiated and business-led courage that creates an optimal formula for progress. The courage to identify a pivot, and the freedom to be able to see that change through, is what's required to show up differently. And if you're lucky, like I am, that is exactly the culture of the company you work for. If you have that freedom, here are my recommendations to be courageous within it.

How Businesses Hinder Innovation

James C. Gibson | Posted 03.18.2014 | Business
James C. Gibson

Owners and managers may not realize that only they can be a catalyst towards innovation within a company. These factors can hinder not only innovation, but also employee leadership, and accuracy of projects.

Would You Play Golf On a Weekday Afternoon?

Karen Firestone | Posted 03.09.2014 | Business
Karen Firestone

My reluctance to leave the office led me to question why there were so few working women on the golf course -- so few that we apparently look like retirees to our brothers!

Marketers Don't Do Tolerance

Jim Joseph | Posted 03.04.2014 | Business
Jim Joseph

Tolerance implies that we learn to put up with it. Against our better judgment and against what we would normally do, we're just going to keep our mouths shut and deal with it.

Culture Is Key to Innovation

Joseph Parker | Posted 02.09.2014 | Business
Joseph Parker

In today's workplace, the need to invest in culture is paramount.

Why Should Companies and Employees Have Shared Values?

Scott MacFarland | Posted 11.06.2013 | Business
Scott MacFarland

The brand starts with the employees, which are the catalysts for a healthy company. What they say, how they act, how they talk to customers, and more importantly, how they buy into the company value system is critical.

Stop Building a Business -- Start Building a Culture

Alba M. Alemán | Posted 01.23.2014 | Business
Alba M. Alemán

Things like values, culture, vision, discipline, a well-articulated plan, and traditions are important aspects of building a business that often get lost in the shuffle or replaced by much more exciting things, often known as distractions.

Collective Leadership: Transforming the Workplace for the 21st Century

Marion Chamberlain | Posted 10.20.2013 | Small Business
Marion Chamberlain

Corporate leaders have come to realize that titles and hierarchies can hinder company growth and competitiveness. Additionally, a younger generation of employees might not be as enticed to follow a corporate career ladder path.

Turning Lessons 'Listed' Into Lessons 'Learned'

Kathleen P. Enright | Posted 09.21.2013 | Impact
Kathleen P. Enright

Clearly failure is a universal experience. Yet the stories illustrated that how a person responds to failure says much more about him or her than the failure itself.

Coopetition to Win

Schuyler Brown | Posted 07.14.2013 | Business
Schuyler Brown

Pulling free of competition with all its highs and lows, risks and rewards, in favor of the more fluid model of coopetition is like pulling free from gravity. It takes a tremendous force of will.

Magic at the Conscious Capitalism Conference in San Francisco

Schuyler Brown | Posted 06.09.2013 | San Francisco
Schuyler Brown

The recipe for success for any great movement includes solid ideas, clear vision, fearless leadership, and a healthy dose of magic.

4 Ways to Be a Good Santa / Bad Santa at the Office

Jim Finkelstein | Posted 02.11.2013 | Business
Jim Finkelstein

It is that mythical time of the year where businesses start trying to spread holiday cheer. In many cases, this is a pretty picture replete with one-time bonuses and upbeat messages. In other cases, this is another wonderful example of corporate hype.

Go Ahead, Make a Mistake

Robyn Greenspan | Posted 12.23.2012 | Small Business
Robyn Greenspan

Fear of making a mistake is sometimes the barrier to taking any action, but that also prevents any learning from happening too. And every lesson serves as a building block toward the next success.

How TriZetto's CEO Changed Its Culture by Changing Its Attitude

George Bradt | Posted 11.07.2012 | Business
George Bradt

Changing an organization's culture is hard. But as Peter Drucker famously said, "Culture eats strategy for breakfast."

The Four Currents of the Culture of Innovation

Mitch Ditkoff | Posted 10.27.2012 | Business
Mitch Ditkoff

If you can find a way to unlock the primal mojo of your workforce, you won't need to manage as much as you do. You won't need to rely so heavily on incentive plans, performance reviews, pep talks, frowns, and punishment.

Want to Change the World? Define Your Organization's Attitude

George Bradt | Posted 10.23.2012 | Business
George Bradt

Winning attitudes do not emerge by chance. Leaders aligning their organization's strategy, posture and culture create them.

The University of Virginia Is Just the Tip of the Iceberg

Mark Schulman | Posted 09.01.2012 | Education
Mark Schulman

Everyone, it seems, is now interested in the politics of higher education -- a topic that used to be downright obscure. This suggests to me that there is a crisis brewing.

Are You a Bad Business? Meet WikiWorker!

Sally Duros | Posted 08.22.2012 | Chicago
Sally Duros

The front lines of an organization can lead the way and make visible to leadership what needs to change. The public, in turn, can work through the social web to let this vision be known.

The Conversation Company: Boost Your Business Through Culture, People and Social Media

Ekaterina Walter | Posted 08.14.2012 | Business
Ekaterina Walter

The core belief of The Conversation Company is that conversations between people are the key driver of business growth. A smart mind twist is the idea of 'unused conversation potential.'

Managers Don't Really Want to Innovate

Ron Ashkenas | Posted 05.03.2012 | Business
Ron Ashkenas

Companies, like 3M and Google, that allow employees to carve off a certain percentage of their paid time for innovation are rare. Most other firms want their people to stay focused on today's business -- and only work on innovation in their spare time.