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7 Behaviors That Create A Great Corporate Culture

Promoting a successful and innovative cultural environment often requires changes in current behaviors and attitudes. These seven behaviors, when adopted, will promote a sustainable and positive environment that is guaranteed to attract and keep top people. Continue reading “7 Behaviors That Create A Great Corporate Culture”

Do You Want to Transform Your Company Culture?

Creating a cultural change is not easy. People become used to acting a certain way and are accustomed to a certain leadership style. Here are four steps that will enable you to bring about meaningful culture change. If you follow them, the probability of change is very high. Let’s take a look. Continue reading “Do You Want to Transform Your Company Culture?”

Abandon Performance Appraisals and Build Something New – Here’s How!

Classic performance review has been around since the mid 1900s. With the limitations that it has – its amazing that it has lasted this long!  According to a recent article in Forbes magazine [March 31, 2015], only 55 percent of employees feel as though performance management appraisals are effective. Earlier articles published in talent management and human resources literature identify 50 problems with Performance Appraisals. A Forbes magazine article in 2012 referred to Performance Appraisal in a strong language as the “a workplace evil that must be destroyed like a blood sucking vampire.” Continue reading “Abandon Performance Appraisals and Build Something New – Here’s How!”

4 Ways Leaders Can Improve Their Behavior

As mentioned in a previous post, the behavior of leaders should ideally reflect the values of the organization. But accomplishing this goal may call for some change in behaviors. From quitting smoking to exercising regularly to getting more organized, most of us have a list of behaviors we’d like to change. We are all familiar with the need to change and the challenge of initiating and sustaining the change. Let’s look at 4 ways that leaders can be proactive and improve their behavior to set the example for their organizations. Continue reading “4 Ways Leaders Can Improve Their Behavior”

6 Corporate Values You Should Be Focusing On

As a leader, you want your corporation to move in a certain direction. To do this you may need to change behaviors, and behaviors start with values. Here we’ll discuss 6 key values that your corporation should be focusing on now. Continue reading “6 Corporate Values You Should Be Focusing On”

7 Habitual Leadership Behaviors You Should Avoid At All Costs

Corporate culture is the key to building a great organization. A positive or healthy culture creates an environment of unity and encouragement and fosters innovation. The results are progress, high quality of work and advancement. The byproducts are high productivity, profitability and innovation. A negative or unhealthy corporate culture, however, causes disunity, apathy and may even lead to the demise of the corporation. Behaviors determine the quality of the culture. Here are 7 habitual behaviors that are indicators of an unhealthy organizational culture and should therefore be avoided at all costs. Continue reading “7 Habitual Leadership Behaviors You Should Avoid At All Costs”

9 of My Favorite Leadership Quotes

During my years of consulting and working with thousands of managers in several countries, I have come across patterns of behavior that have been key to the success of organizations and others that have hindered progress. I have distilled these observations into a few quotes that capture the essence of our message to business leaders: Continue reading “9 of My Favorite Leadership Quotes”

9 Steps to Great Leadership

You’ve probably seen the discussion in the literature on whether leaders are made or born. Much time has been spent on this question. To me, the exact answer to this question doesn’t really matter. What is more important is to figure out how leaders can become great leaders. Here are 9 steps we have found in our consulting practice to greatly improve your leadership effectiveness. Continue reading “9 Steps to Great Leadership”

How to Create Alignment by Communicating Your Mission

Nothing is more powerful in aligning a group of people than imbuing them with a sense of purpose, a sense of mission. It is the cornerstone of alignment.

In our consulting practice we have reviewed many mission, vision and value statements in organizations worldwide. Having these statements in place is good. But, unfortunately, many of them serve just as inserts in a brochure or a plaque on a wall or a page in company website. Often the statements do really nothing to drive behavior on a day- to- day basis. Continue reading “How to Create Alignment by Communicating Your Mission”