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Organizational Culture

Overcome Obstacles for Change

Daniel Goleman | Posted 04.09.2014 | Business
Daniel Goleman

We've all heard the saying (or myth): People resist change. Of course, the main task of many leaders is to bring about change -- sometimes unpopular y...

A Salesman's Secret Weapon

James C. Gibson | Posted 03.05.2014 | Small Business
James C. Gibson

Continue to build passion and company pride, because if you are not sure why you like your company how can you sell its products or services?

Your Company's 'Cardiovascular' System: How Healthy Is It?

Ray Gagnon | Posted 03.17.2014 | Business
Ray Gagnon

Just as your arteries bring life-giving blood to all parts of your body, so too does your meeting system channel the communication of ideas, solutions, decisions, and so on, that enable your business to run.

Leadership and the Apology

Terry Newell | Posted 03.14.2014 | Politics
Terry Newell

National political figures have been doing a lot of apologizing recently. In October, President Obama apologized for the disastrous roll-out of the he...

Being a Good Manager: Overcoming 5 Common Myths

Sara Gershfeld | Posted 02.01.2014 | Business
Sara Gershfeld

Especially for individuals who have started a business and end up hiring employees and becoming managers, here are five simple myths of managing that will help you turn around the way that you supervise your employees.

How to Convert Values to Action: Design the Right Game

Spencer Critchley | Posted 01.23.2014 | Business
Spencer Critchley

These are rules for a better game, and they're likely to produce better behavior. I believe many organizations would be far better off if they simply (that's not to say easily) took a hard look at the game they're playing now, and changed the rules to ones like these.

On My Watch, Leadership, Innovation, and Personal Resilience

Stephenie Foster | Posted 01.23.2014 | Books
Stephenie Foster

In April 2012, Martha Johnson resigned in a very public way from her Senate-confirmed position as Administrator of the U.S. General Services Administration. But her new book, On My Watch, isn't a Washington tell-all.

Chief Culture Officer Buys Success

Debbie Robins | Posted 12.10.2013 | Business
Debbie Robins

My recommendation for your organizations success is simple. Find a captain for your culture ship. Make that person part of your C-suite. Then empower him or her with all the resources they need to leverage the full potential of your people.

The $90 Million Mindset: An Offshoring Success Story

Shayne Hughes | Posted 12.07.2013 | Business
Shayne Hughes

No matter how brilliant a strategy, if the people involved aren't committed, it will never take off.

Inside/Out Innovation

Mitch Ditkoff | Posted 12.07.2013 | Business
Mitch Ditkoff

If you work in an organization that wants to establish a sustainable culture of innovation -- you have two basic choices: outside/in or inside/out.

It Takes Purpose to Become a Billionaire

Anthony Tjan | Posted 11.19.2013 | Business
Anthony Tjan

What do billionaires have in common? What is it that they do better than anyone else? Why do we admire them, or their companies' products and services, so much?

Global Strategy in Uncertain Environments

Elizabeth Filippouli | Posted 10.27.2013 | Business
Elizabeth Filippouli

One of the most frequent questions that we are being asked by clients is this one: In a world that is constantly changing how do we expand and enter new markets?

Leading Through Tragedy

D. Michael Lindsay | Posted 06.29.2013 | College
D. Michael Lindsay

A heavyhearted community is best cared for by a heavyhearted leader. This takes energy, attention, and compassion. Sometimes we feel that we cannot bear the great weight this task places upon us.Even as we embody this heavy emotional weight, we too are sustained by the community we strive to support.

Why School Culture Matters, and How to Improve It

Michael Haberman | Posted 06.10.2013 | Impact
Michael Haberman

Obviously, school leaders can't always mimic businesses -- but they can learn from them. When business leaders teach principals the skills that they use to build a strong organizational culture, school leaders can completely transform their schools.

'The Operating System of the 21st Century': John Gerzema on Femininity and The Athena Doctrine

Laura Cococcia | Posted 06.10.2013 | Books
Laura Cococcia

Athena's broad range of qualities and skills are a symbol and namesake for best-selling author John Gerzema and Michael D'Antonio's new book, The Athena Doctrine: How Women (and the men who think like them) Will Rule The Future. A more apt title would be hard to find.

Does Your Organization Need an Attitude Change?

George Bradt | Posted 05.13.2013 | Business
George Bradt

An attitude adjustment is often the pivot point for changing an organization's behaviors and relationships in order to survive and thrive in a rapidly changing industry.

Ten Ways to Inhibit Innovation

Ron Ashkenas | Posted 09.26.2012 | Business
Ron Ashkenas

Every company is looking for the magic formula that will produce breakthrough products and services. But a better starting point is to think about what gets in the way of innovation.

Learned Helplessness in Organizations

Ron Ashkenas | Posted 08.07.2012 | Business
Ron Ashkenas

All managers face real constraints. Effective managers differentiate between those that must be accepted and those that can be challenged.

Why Strategies Go Off the Rails

Ron Ashkenas | Posted 07.22.2012 | Business
Ron Ashkenas

Have you ever been in a situation where everyone seemingly agrees on a particular strategy, but somehow it never happens?

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.

Telltale Signs of an Unhealthy Hierarchy

Ron Ashkenas | Posted 06.18.2012 | Business
Ron Ashkenas

There's no doubt that hierarchies can be dysfunctional and make it difficult to get things done. You would think the key to a healthy hierarchy is a well-drawn organization chart, but it has more to do with company culture and behaviors.

How to Keep the Flame and Not Be Seen as a Torch Bearer

John Friedman | Posted 05.04.2012 | Business
John Friedman

Building a coalition of the passionate and idealistic people within the organization is not enough -- in fact, it can be detrimental if people see your cadre as a band of zealots rather than committed and dedicated business professionals.

Innovation Is Everyone's Job

Ron Ashkenas | Posted 02.08.2012 | Business
Ron Ashkenas

The reality is that everyone has the ability to innovate; and if you can tap into that ability, your organization has a much better chance of success.

Has Diversity Lived Up to Its Promise?

Laura Liswood | Posted 01.29.2012 | Business
Laura Liswood

My belief is that we need to move now to Diversity 2.0 and give managers and leaders the training, awareness, skill sets, tools that ensure we engage and capture the full benefit of the diversity we say we are so committed to.

Why People Micromanage

Ron Ashkenas | Posted 01.22.2012 | Business
Ron Ashkenas

Over the past few decades I've worked with hundreds of managers, and many complain that they work for micromanagers. But strangely, I don't recall anyone who ever admitted to being one.