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

What Would Your Employees Say?

As the employment market tightens in most major cities and the battle for top talent heats up, it might be a good time to figure out what your employees are saying about your company. As an employer, it would be good for you to know … 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

Mission and Meaning

A recent post in the NY Times discussed the importance of finding something you love to do for a living. I think most of us know this to be true, if you’re happy with what you’re doing, you tend to be more engaged, more productive … Read more

Hiring for Business Culture

“Hire Character. Train Skill.” – Peter Schutz In this hyper-competitive environment where employers are battling for talent, the desire to shortcut the process and make an offer to someone is intense. However, hiring a cultural misfit will end up costing you so much time and money, … Read more