Tag: CULTURE

Tools for developing a Business/Corporate CULTURE (related to the business/working atmosphere)

What does it mean to have an evolved organization? You have an evolved organization when you’re reaching a higher level of sophistication, structure, and purpose by building on the strengths of prior levels. Why do organizations struggle? Often, because we try …

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I coach CEOs and business owners to consciously retain ownership of these five key areas: Shaping the Culture Recruiting, Leading and Managing the Senior Team Crafting and Owning the Strategy Overseeing the Budget Pursuing Self Improvement In addition, of course, …

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The question was, So I have participated in a lot of college voluntary groups, and in some of them the manager, (or community manager or whatever the title of the person who is trying to coordinate the team would be) …

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Your company can start to become a best place to work with two simple improvements. These two fixes, research for the Oregon Best Places to Work award shows, have the greatest impact on workers’ job satisfaction. Have a Purpose Employees at …

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My mornings are best when I start them off reading something stimulating, challenging and enlightening. These are the books I couldn’t put down over the past few months. Each has an Amazon links, and many are available at your local …

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I was recently asked: Our family is in diversified businesses across our state. We don’t insist that family members (3rd generation) join the businesses, but they always have a place if they choose to. Unfortunately, this has led to two …

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It is surprisingly easy to out-compete other firms in hiring top people. You just need to think differently. Most hiring managers unconsciously build a ‘box’ of expectations that unintentionally omits large numbers of qualified applicants. These expectations can include: Full …

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I was asked, “Would a nap during your shift make you a more productive worker? If yes, what measures do you recommend to avoid the abuse of this facility?” Yes, napping when I need to has made me more productive. …

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One of my most popular articles is “Three Steps to Writing a Perfect Thank You Note“. If you already write thank-you notes regularly, it’s a great reminder of the basics. For the rest of us who don’t, it provides a …

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It’s better to be consistent than to be fair. (Especially if “fair” means some agonizing custom decision that’s decided at laboriously and at great length from first principles every time.  That turns every issue into a question, and every question …

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I learned a lot about humans from studying pigeons. It was 1985 and I worked at Professor Israel Goldiamond’s behaviorism lab at the University of Chicago. (And yes, pigeons are a lot different from people.) The biggest thing Professor G. …

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Want more real breakthroughs faster in your firm or department? Here’s an easy way:  stop “innovating” so much. That counter-intuitive approach is the unavoidable conclusion of a fresh look at how most firms approach innovation.  You’re probably making one or …

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Few things differentiate you more than the way you make other people feel when they interact with you. Many top CEOs and politicians make a point of writing personal notes to people who have done them favors. A short, hand-written, …

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I interview Carl Hoffmann and Tim Ringo, authors of the new book “Calculating Success: How the New Workplace Analytics Will Revitalize Your Organization.” Carl Hoffmann is a former Partner and Vice President of IBMs Global Business Services group. Cur…

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One of the CEO’s deliverables is creating a Culture. One way to strongly influence that culture is by the example the CEO creates when she sets goals — for herself or others. Here’s how to set goals even better than …

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