Two claps for this article! I totally agree that organizational culture is built on a set of behaviors/values that are applauded and rewarded over time. The reinforcing mechanism of celebration turns these actions taken by individuals into actions that everyone is copying and owning. The leader has the opportunity to identify and celebrate those activities that support the purpose and strategy of the organization and, thereby, influence what becomes the culture of the organization.
MIT Sloan Management Review ($) - Jul 26, 2021
Overcoming Obstacles to Successful Culture Change
New behaviors must become lasting habits to achieve positive, sustainable change.
Sift ($) - Jul 29, 2021
Hybrid Work Culture — It’s about Rebuilding not Maintaining
Just as “remote work” became the phrase of 2020, “hybrid work” is on its way to becoming the workforce word of 2021. And for good reason. The majority of companies are moving to a hybrid work environment and are already rethinking their processes, tools, offices, and more to adapt to this new mode of work.
HBR.org ($) - Jul 26, 2021
When Do We Actually Need to Meet in Person?
As company leaders grapple with what a return to the office should look like, they should take the opportunity to think carefully about which parts of work should be done in person, which should be virtual, and which can benefit from a mix, then can design toward that ideal.
I really enjoyed this tantalizing post on the “sheep and wolves”. The post references a computer simulation that provides extrinsic rewards and penalties for wolves trying to eat sheep – leading to perverse behavior. The author then walks through how intrinsic motivation is sufficient to build a healthy culture that supports employees who already want to do good work! Love it. Great post.
Management Matters ($) - Jul 21, 2021
Sheep, Wolves, and Employee Motivation
What a game in which virtual wolves chase virtual sheep can teach us about organizational culture
Chief Executive - Jul 16, 2021
How Cadence Enables Great Leadership Teams
A guide to developing the rhythm that will bring your team into full alignment and better able to achieve critical goals.
Great podcast with transcript on centered leadership. The author describes centered leadership as – having the presence “to be self-aware of what’s driving you and to be self-aware of how your behaviors are affecting others”. The assumption being that, stemming from this understanding, subsequent action would be taken as appropriate! Loved the ideas (several others beyond what I highlight here), the dialog, and the few examples to bring the ideas to life.
McKinsey & Company - Jul 15, 2021
Centered leadership creates connection in turbulent times
McKinsey’s Joanna Barsh discusses how you can become an effective and engaged leader.
HBR.org ($) - Jul 12, 2021
Leadership Training Can Pay Huge Dividends for Midsize Companies
Middle-market companies’ common objections to investing in leadership development programs reflect real constraints and concerns. These companies don’t have many layers of hierarchy and often rely on informal processes for talent management and development. But it’s important to overcome the objections, as data shows a clear correlation between superior talent planning and company performance.
BeingWell ($) - Jul 13, 2021
Forget ‘The Art of War’
Real Leadership is Built on Emboldened Empathy
Chief Executive - Jul 14, 2021
Avoid The Country Club: Stay Hungry Even When You’re Successful
The healthier the company, the harder it is to drive true innovation and change inside its walls. Some tips for staying hungry.
Regina Zafonte ($) - Jul 6, 2021
Your Hiring Process Determines Your Talent (Hiring Series 2/5)
Finding excellent employees can sometimes feel like finding your soulmate — you have to meet a lot of people to find the one.
We Are Heroes ($) - Jul 8, 2021
How leading by intent can empower product teams to reach new heights
Why empowering staff through intent based leadership has numerous benefits over traditional management
It is interesting to ponder how to create space for our organizations to construct meaning and/or purpose at work. This article explores how, as leaders, we often jump too quickly to what actions that staff are requesting of leaders or to collective sense-making efforts WITHOUT first allowing everyone to realize/process that they are not in it alone. As the author states, “it’s possible for work colleagues to have what appears to be an intense shared experience, but to feel isolated and trapped with their own thoughts”. This revelation is something the author wants us to consider as we think about how to rebuild after traumatic events or change affect our organizations.
Needs Workshop ($) - Jul 5, 2021
Are you growing something that matters?
This year I’ve done work that’s borne the least resemblance to the “plan” of any work I’ve ever done, whilst simultaneously being some of the most meaningful work I’ve ever done. What we eventually did with the client was in a different universe to our agreed programme of work, but it was what mattered most at that moment.
Hamilton Lindley ($) - Jul 29, 2021
Good Leaders Aren’t Too Busy
What’s your plan to not be busy? Can’t answer that? That’s why you’re so busy.
I find that what this author calls an “SPOA, single point of accountability”, is critical to getting things done. Being a practitioner of strategy execution, I’ve always tried to make sure that there exists group recognition of who’s doing what and by when. The particular assignment can always change, but, if it is not assigned, it will seldom get done. This article lays out the basic idea of an SPOA and talks through some of the specifics of implementation.
Harvard Business Review ($) - Jun 30, 2021
How Compass Gets Complex Projects Done on Time
Every organization needs a reliable system of accountability to help ensure teams are actually completing projects and meeting goals in a timely way. In this piece, author Robert Reffkin, founder and CEO of Compass, lays out the system he implemented at his company. He calls it the Single Point of Accountability (SPOA) approach.
Harvard Business Review ($) - Jun 25, 2021
The Hazards of a “Nice” Company Culture
In far too many companies, there is the appearance of harmony and alignment but in reality there’s often dysfunction simmering beneath the surface. The intention behind cultivating a nice culture is often genuine. Leaders believe they’re doing a good thing that will motivate people and create inclusion. But often it has the opposite effect and the result is a lack of honest communication, intellectual bravery, innovation, and accountability.
SmartBrief - Jun 28, 2021
Why leadership trust is critical for innovation
A lot has been written about innovation, and I thought I’d read most of it. But at a recent conference on inclusion hosted by Workplace Equity and Equality, participants explored innovation in ways I hadn’t considered.
Fast Company ($) - Jun 28, 2021
How to build an emotionally intelligent workplace
The idea can seem overwhelming to leaders, but this one thing can make a major difference.
Entrepreneur's Handbook ($) - Jun 23, 2021
Stop Trying to Create Organizational Culture
Culture is an experience, not a policy
SmartBrief - Jun 23, 2021
Why leadership is 5 times harder than you think
As a leader, you should appreciate that the differentiating factor for creating and sustaining high performance in your workforce is … you. While it might not be a groundbreaking revelation, the fact that effective leadership is essential to employee work passion, customer satisfaction and organizational vitality does raise a set of questions worth considering.
Harvard Business Review ($) - Jun 22, 2021
4 Steps to Boost Psychological Safety at Your Workplace
Especially in tumultuous times, managers and their teams increasingly depend on candor, speed, and creativity to make progress. Creating psychological safety — the confidence that candor and vulnerability are welcome — in a workplace is truly challenging and takes an unusual degree of commitment and skill. But it can be done.
Cultural Cohesion creates a foundation of values, norms, and behaviors that bind together your team and your decision-making
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