Leader as Culture Strategist

As Kathleen Hogan of Microsoft recently wrote, “culture is a hot topic” these days. It’s hot because there is finally a realization that culture matters to the success or failure of an organization. When we talk about success or failure it is almost always tied … Read more

The Factory of the Future

Recently, I was waiting in the lobby of Amazon headquarters at the Day One building for a contact of mine. As I watched the movement of hundreds of workers in and out of the secured entryways, I was fascinated by how much our workforce has … Read more

Organizational Laziness

Sometimes organizations get lazy. This happens when they have long periods of success and start to take it for granted. They assume that the customers and money will just keep coming in and they stop doing the things that got them to that point in … Read more

Is Culture Change Even Possible?

I worked with a brilliant man once who was in the “culture change” business. He went into large companies and helped with mergers of two disparate cultures to move the united company forward or came in after a leadership change to reinforce the new culture. … Read more

Kindness, Character & Community Matter

David Brooks wrote an interesting piece this week about Communities of Character and what some schools are doing to teach this. What struck me most about the article and the school described, was the focus on kindness and caring as opposed to our traditional focus … Read more

Is a Happy Workforce Possible?

  A recent New York Times Op-Ed piece “Why You Hate Work” pointed out that just 30% of the American workforce is satisfied. That’s a pretty dismal number and does not bode well for productivity, which in turn, affects the bottom line. Only 13% of … Read more

Do The Right Thing

Do the right thing. It will gratify some people and astonish the rest. ~Mark Twain In another example of an organizational culture gone awry – this time with devastating consequences for one young man and his family – the Marine Corps’s Third Recruit Training Battalion talks … Read more

Love in the Workplace – Really?

I know you’re rolling your eyes right about now after reading the title, but hear me out for a moment, (or at least for 500 words!). There was a great piece in the Harvard Business Review recently regarding “love” in the workplace and how you … Read more