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Leadership Eats Culture - Denison Consulting

It is also quite common to be looking at a range of culture profiles and have people say things like, “Oh, no surprise there… that’s Cindy’s group” …

Leadership

Research Shows a Simple Way to Increase Your Engagement at Work

It is no secret that many employees face work environments that are not very engaging. A 2016 poll by the Gallup Organization shows that only 13% of employees worldwide are engaged at work. And when it comes to enhancing employees’ engagement (i.e., energy, enthusiasm, and focus), much of the …

Time Management

The value of mentoring

Mentoring can provide numerous benefits to an organization, in addition to the individual rewards it offers to both the mentor and the mentee, says …

If You Have These Books, You Probably Don't Need a Mentor

When members of our parents' generation were out forging their careers, it was difficult to up your skills without following the traditional college …

The Ideal Praise-to-Criticism Ratio

Which is more effective in improving team performance: using positive feedback to let people know when they’re doing well, or offering constructive comments to help them when they’re off track?<p>New research suggests that this is a trick question. The answer, as one might intuitively expect, is that …

(2) Why you shouldn’t hire people based on “fit” | LinkedIn

by Suzanne Vickberg and Kim Christfort<p>Would you enjoy being stuck in an airport with me? If after chatting with me for half an hour you don't think …

How Coca-Cola, Netflix, and Amazon Learn from Failure

Why, all of a sudden, are so many successful business leaders urging their companies and colleagues to make more mistakes and embrace more failures?<p>In May, right after he became CEO of Coca-Cola Co., James Quincey called upon rank-and-file managers to get beyond the fear of failure that had dogged …

Jeff Bezos

6 Ways to Position Yourself as a Thought Leader

Turns out, it's not as overwhelming of a process as you might assume.<p>I recently received an email that ended with a line that looked something like this: "Since you're such a thought leader in the freelance writing space, I'd love to get your opinion."<p>Wait a minute -- what? A thought leader? It's a …

What are Cultural Markers and How Do You Maintain Them Throughout Change?

By establishing a clear purpose and creating a sense of mutual trust, companies can preserve their culture markers and thrive on change.<p>Every time your business experiences change, it can also result in changes to your culture. These impacts to your culture can happen when your business structure …

68 Percent of Employees Are Disengaged, But There Is a Scientifically Proven Way to Boost Engagement

Engagement is essential to building a high-performing team.<p>Your team is one of your most valuable assets when it comes to achieving the mission you have for your business. Not only do they increase your bandwidth, but they bring new ideas, perspectives, and insights as to how to serve your …

What “Facilitation” Really Means And Why It’s Key To The Future Of Work

Being a good facilitator isn’t the same as knowing how to manage people or run a meeting. It all comes down to understanding the tools–and structure–that help people collaborate.<p>What comes to mind when you hear the term “facilitator”? A task manager hogging airspace up at the front of the room? Or …

Breaking Down Silos Is a Myth, Do This Instead

Horizontal connections are what's important<p>Nobody likes a silo. Or a stovepipe for that matter. These insular structures restrict the flow of information, which makes it hard to coordinate action and adapt to change. In some cases, it can even lead to disastrous consequences like the General Motors …

Why Culture Doesn't Just Beat Strategy, It Must Be the Strategy

A strong culture that aligns with a specific vision and strategy is a winning combination. Here's why.<p>Culture - and its application to strategy and results - is now a core focus of great organizations that "get it." Volumes of research from global consulting firms coupled with my own experiences as …

The Case for Investing More in People

“Productivity isn’t everything, but in the long run it is almost everything,” wrote Paul Krugman more than 20 years ago. “A country’s ability to improve its standard of living over time depends almost entirely on its ability to raise output per worker.”<p>There is a virtuous cycle between productivity …

Business Process Management, With Expert Insights

buzztrending.net<p>Governing and Networking BPM Organizations<p>BPM is a standardized field. To ensure the materials and expectations are consistent …

Why bad leaders think they are good leaders

Ask people “Do you have above average looks?” Research shows that roughly 90% will say yes. Ask “Do you have above average driving skills?” Again, …

Neuroscience Says Workplace Happiness Comes Down to Experiencing This Emotion Daily

When the brain releases this feel-good chemical, good things will happen for you and your company.<p>Over the last decade, compelling research from neuroscience continues to inform leaders and HR professionals on ways they can improve teamwork, productivity, and company performance.<p>But what's the …

Employee Engagement

Break Glass in Case of Emergency: 3 Tips for Leaders to Engage and Drive Change

Does your office need to shake things up? Follow these 3 steps to bring real innovation and productivity to your company.<p>We have all learned to become comfortable and to some extent, complacent, in a given circumstance. Nowhere is this more prevalent than in the workplace. Unintentionally, leaders …

6 Simple Questions Managers Need to Ask so Employees Don't Quit

The first step to high employee engagement is to assess how employees feel. Start with this simple diagnosis.<p>Yesterday, I published the latest findings in Officevibe's real-time "State of Employee Engagement" survey, which captures live data from hundreds of thousands of answers from employees all …

The "Be Attitudes" of Building Trust in the Workplace

Trust is not a given. In fact, it's gained over time. Here are the most important ways to earn it.<p>Not to be confused with the biblical reference to the beatitudes shared in the Sermon on the Mount, these "be attitudes" are suggestions that you may consider adopting to help you and your colleagues …

How To Help Employees Find Meaning In Work

<i>From</i> Dan Marlin <i>of West Africa: I’ve got a somewhat philosophical question about the nature of work. What can leaders do to make their employees feel that their work has meaning? And why is it important for people to feel that they’re engaged with meaningful work? I’ve heard lots of perspectives on</i> …

Employee Engagement

How to Communicate Clearly During Organizational Change

A former colleague liked to remind leaders of their impact by telling them, “There are children you’ve never met who know your name.” The point was simple: Their followers were also moms or dads who were going home and talking about their day in front of their children. And you, their leader, had a …

Management

Successful Leaders Cultivate Accountable Employees

Fostering ownership in the workplace leads to greater employee engagement. The first step to achieving this goal? Cultivate a culture of accountability.<p><i>By Craig Hickman (@HickmanCraig), Futurist and Senior Vice President of New Product Development</i><p>Employee engagement is fostered, not forced, and it …

8 Myths That Cost Innovation

Here are eight innovation myths that are probably costing your organization “real” innovation.

Innovation

True Leaders Don't Win You Over. They Earn Your Trust With 4 Principles

Authentic leaders don't convince you with power. They inspire you with trust.<p>If you're leading a startup or starting a new project, you're at the helm of a ship that's just started its journey in unknown waters. You have a compass and know your direction, but you have no idea about the conditions …

How Leaders Can Push Employees Without Stressing Them Out

One of the most interesting findings of a recent HBR article on team chemistry is that the types of people who become leaders within organizations are about 30% less likely than their coworkers to feel stressed out. As the CEO of a small investment firm, I was surprised by the finding, but as I …

8 Ways to Get a Difficult Conversation Back on Track

Despite our best intentions, conversations can frequently veer into difficult territory, producing frustration, resentment, and wasted time and effort. Take David, one of my coaching clients. Recently appointed to a business school leadership role, he was eager to advance his strategic agenda. …

Article-Does Corporate Culture Matter

Case Study<p>In the process, be sure to ask members of the leadership team to define the company’s current culture. This can be pretty revealing. For …