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Organizational Culture

Altered States: Why to Change Your Organizational Culture and How

Terri Wallin | Posted 12.23.2014 | 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 11.26.2014 | 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 11.20.2014 | 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 11.07.2014 | 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.

Do You Pass the SATs?

Amy Elias, MS | Posted 10.06.2014 | Healthy Living
Amy Elias, MS

What Is Sustainable, Authentic and True Is What Comes Easy To You When we effort, try and force our way into our lives, our jobs or even our relatio...

Who Owns the Culture? The Chief Executive

Terri Wallin | Posted 09.23.2014 | 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.

Do You Have a Culture-Killing Virus?

Aaron Hurst | Posted 06.28.2014 | Business
Aaron Hurst

Influenza pandemics occur when a new strain of a virus is transmitted from an animal to a human. A pig has a novel strain of a virus and someone in co...

Danger of Hierarchy in a Fast-Moving World

Debbie Robins | Posted 06.21.2014 | Business
Debbie Robins

People don't participate because they are going to get another 20 percent boost in salary. They participate because they want to work on something exciting and meaningful in a bigger way to the organization.

Overcome Obstacles for Change

Daniel Goleman | Posted 06.09.2014 | 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 05.05.2014 | 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.