Culture

What It Takes to Change An Organization’s Culture

Note: This is part two of an interview conducted by Tim Kuppler with organization culture pioneer Larry Senn. Part one published yesterday. You can find it here. One of the greatest business challenges is effectively changing a workplace culture. It’s one that Larry Senn has been taking on for nearly four decades. In…

12 Insights About Culture Change From a Workplace Culture Pioneer

Note: Today, TLNT features the first part of an interview with Larry Senn, one of the pioneers in the field of organizational culture and culture change. His USC doctoral dissertation, “Organizational Character as a Tool in the Analysis of Business Organizations,” was the first field study of corporate culture in America. Part two…

Beat Drug Test Cheaters With These Screening Alternatives

There are about 14 million drug users in the US, 70% of which are employed, costing employers and society generally $120 billion in lost productivity. Data has shown that illicit drug users are more likely to incur worker’s compensation claims, have higher health insurance costs, possess a lower level of productivity, and are more…

Four Essential Skills That Every Manager Needs

How did we let one of the most important jobs in our organizations fall so far in effectiveness? Numerous research studies have confirmed the importance of middle managers in developing and retaining talent, coordinating enterprise initiatives across multiple teams, and turning top-line strategy into action. Yet, the Gallup Organization reports 82% of managers…

Building a Culture of Innovation Means Being Challenged, Taking Risks and Sometimes Failing

Does your company have a culture in which innovation thrives? Are people challenging the status quo and being encouraged by leaders to take risks in pursuit of innovation? Or is the opposite true?  Do you managers greet new ideas and suggestions with the comment, “But we tried that last year and it didn’t…

Your Seating Chart Can Make a Million Dollar Difference

Could the secret to boosting your human capital — the economic value of your employees’ skill sets — be as easy as rearranging a few chairs? According to a new report from Cornerstone and Harvard Business School, the answer is yes. The report, which analyzed data on more than 2,000 employees over a…

Here’s How Do-It-Yourself Performance Management Works

Think about losing weight. You might have a small goal like 5 pounds, or a bigger goal like 50, either way, you start going to the gym and work out every day. You change your diet, giving up some of your favorite indulgences. A week goes by…you don’t lose any weight. Two weeks…nothing….

Help Your Managers to Improve Engagement By Asking Questions

How much do you really know about your employees’ professional goals? With the fast pace of today’s business world, many managers opt for a simple “How are you doing/how’s the workload going” weekly, biweekly or even monthly check in. Even if you’ve cultivated an open door policy, encouraging employees to come to you…

10 Steps to Getting Things At Work “Unstuck”

Ever notice how progress in the workplace sometimes moves at a glacial speed or seems totally stuck? If yours is like most workplaces in the world, you have not only noticed this, but found it frustrating. This post promises to give you and your team a surefire way of getting things “unstuck” and…

How to Build a Culture That Has A ROI

Recognize This! – Successful cultures depend on clearly defined values and aligned, measurable behaviors, both of which are positively influenced through social recognition. Culture can be a tricky thing. The majority of companies have one, whether it is the one they intended to have or not. The intentional versions require active management and the coordination of…

The 3-2-1 Response to Your Company’s “Lady CFO” Problems

In a recent Google shareholders call, a small thing happened that has big implications. Google’s CFO, Ruth Porat, answered a question posed to her by a caller. In posing his question, the shareholder referred to Porat as “The Lady CFO” making a choice, consciously or unconsciously, to amend her title with a gender…