Company Culture

Leadership…Blah, Blah, Blah!

In our line of work, we are asked to facilitate A LOT of classes on leadership! It’s a hot topic. Every company wants its people, especially management, to lead. And really, it makes good business sense to get your people demonstrating better leadership behaviors. The fact of the matter is, though, it’s not as easy as you think…there are a lot of issues that accompany the pursuit of leadership.

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It’s a BIG world…Fish in it!

A wise person once told me that you are the average of the seven people you surround yourself with. At first, this seemed like something out of one of those ‘guru’ books, but the more I thought about it, the more I knew this person was right. I was surrounding myself with people who depended upon me to show them the way; people who were seeking my approval and guidance. So I asked myself, “What now?” What I decided has not only helped reduce stress, but is changing my life for the better.

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We are thankful for you…

As Thanksgiving rolls around each year, most people are ready for family time. We can’t wait to get cozy, eat great food, and spend time with those that we’re thankful to have in our lives. During this time of year, work is sometimes the last thing on our minds.

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What makes you get out of bed and come to work every day? What drives you to stay late working on a project with your team? What caused you to work hard enough to get to where you are today?

Dan Ariely, a behavioral economist, says the answer is that we care about reaching the end. We care about the fight and the challenge. We care about making our life and work meaningful.

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What’s in your company’s Alka-Seltzer?

“Culture is a little like dropping an Alka-Seltzer into a glass – you don’t see it, but somehow it does something.” Hans Magnus Enzensberger

A while ago, I was having a conversation with my team about organizational culture. We were listing what words came to mind when thinking about our company as a whole. I rattled off a few words that I felt good about and the conversation came to an end…or so I thought.

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