Holacracy – What’s the Purpose?

Recently, I was reading about Zappo’s transformation to a Holacracy model, which essentially means it has become a flat organizational structure without the traditional hierarchy of “boss-employee.” The employees form workgroups or circles based on tasks or processes that need accomplishing. As you may know … Read more

Organizations of the Future

Jacob Morgan’s recently published book “The Future of Work” is a fascinating observation of what’s happening in the workplace. He’s published several posts and articles as well which can be found at www.thefutureorganization.com all relating to the topic. He provides 14 principles of future organizations: … Read more

Workplace Civility Pays Dividends

Fascinating read in this weekend’s NY Times Op-ed regarding civility in the workplace. Not that this should come as a surprise to anyone in the workforce, but being nice is actually good for the bottom line. Amazing how simple things that are good for us … Read more

Culture Breakers and Culture Makers

Look no further than your daily paper to be reminded of leadership missteps, especially in the form of an offhand comment or email. Recently in The Seattle Times Boeing CEO James McNerney said he won’t retire because “the heart will still be beating, the employees will … Read more

And So Goes the Culture…

In my approach to business an organization’s culture is absolutely critical. I’ve written multiple blogs about it, and talked about how to create a great culture in my book, Putting Together the Entrepreneurial Puzzle, (in Chapter 2, “Intentional Culture”). Lately I have started wondering how … Read more

Living Your Culture

This week I led a webinar for HR That Works called “How to Create an Intentional Culture,” (based on Chapter 2 of Putting Together the Entrepreneurial Puzzle). We did polling questions throughout the webinar with some interesting results. According to this group of HR professionals: … Read more

Want Change? Try Lincoln’s Formula

My work often takes me into organizations that need to make some fundamental change, but have been unsuccessful doing so in the past. I have thought a lot about how companies get themselves into this predicament and more importantly, how they get out of it. … Read more