Culture

The Summertime Livin’ May be Easy But Not So At Work

Summer presents the opportunity for more family time, beach days, and flexible work hours. However, the prospect of leaving early on a Friday or having the kids at home doesn’t always translate into relaxation. A recent survey of my company’s  30,000 working members in the U.S. sheds light on this issue, uncovering a…

Three Performance Tactics to Help Your Company Grow

Today one of the key challenges most companies face is being able to scale rapidly while still keeping their innovative startup edge. Startups have few decision-makers,  making it easier to take the risks needed to remain as innovative as possible. As these companies start to grow, they often experience a downturn in innovation…

Europe’s HR Leaders Worry Too About Becoming Business Partners

The days when the basic function of an HR professional focused purely on core HR matters of recruitment and payroll are long gone. “It was a simpler time,” current HR managers might sigh. But times have indeed changed. Today HR professionals are often working for international organizations, with technology instantly connecting them with…

Why A Culture of “How” Beats “What”

We live in a VUCA world (volatile, uncertain, complex, and ambiguous) and every day our employees encounter situations and questions, particularly with customers, that go beyond the expectations of normal business. How can we guide them to make decisions that support organizational goals and growth objectives when there’s no manager or executive in…

When Your Leader is Struggling, Here’s What You Can Do

I am unhappy with my boss… He doesn’t give me feedback…. When she gives me feedback, it’s really vague and unhelpful… He doesn’t do what he says he’s going to do… She doesn’t tell me what is expected of me…. He [insert your personal complaint here]. I have been hearing this a lot…

If Time Is So Valuable, Why Aren’t You Tracking It?

Most executives are accustomed to tracking a wide variety of variables that affect our organizations: capital expenditures, return on investment, amortization rates, operating efficiency — you name it. Not only have we become more focused on tracking data and analytics, but we have developed a wide array of tools to help us put…

Don’t Limit Emailing; Train People How to Do It Right

France was recently in the news for regulations to restrict companies from sending emails to employees during non-working hours. Those in favor of restricting email can cite research that feeling a need to respond to emails during non-working hours can have negative impacts on productivity and well-being because it prevents employees from feeling…

How to Overcome Resistance to Making Onboarding Vital

Are leaders too set in their ways when it comes to onboarding? For so many companies, onboarding amounts to little more than filling out forms and signing up for benefits. That probably was never a best practice; today, it’s a bad practice. When 25% of your millennial workers are planning to leave in…

Why CEOs Fire CHROs and How to Avoid Being Canned

I just met with yet another HR head fired unceremoniously from an embattled tech firm.  HR heads may last longer than sales leads, but they still probably make the top three “most likely to get fired” list among Silicon Valley tech execs. And among HR execs already at risk, one group is on…

Building A Positive Culture In An Atmosphere of Fear

Recognize This! – A strategy that includes evidence-based business cases and ground-up moments of positivity can help shift companies away from leaders who manage through fear or pressure. Of the recent webinars that I’ve given and attended, there is almost always the inevitable question from someone in the audience: “how can an organization…