Culture of Integrity

Gustavo Grodnitzky Culture Trumps Everything, Organizational Culture

Integrity is about ensuring that your words are aligned with your actions.  When a company announces its cause/purpose/values, it is making a statement about what it finds important and what will drive its decision making.  However, when those words don’t govern the actual behaviors and decisions of senior leadership, the words ring hollow. Human beings easily identify hypocrisy; people smell …

Choose Culture Norms Wisely

Gustavo Grodnitzky Organizational Culture, Uncategorized

As a CEO and/or leader of an organization, culture is your number one priority. One of the most important decisions leaders make is the type of norms one will bring into one’s organizational culture: “business norms” or “social norms.” Business norms are all those things we associate with business: quid pro quo, this for that, things are paid for in …

Culture and Human Energy

Gustavo Grodnitzky Organizational Culture, Organizational Effectiveness

I’ve been speaking on the topic of culture for the past 10 years.  I’ve been reading on the subject for more than 20 years.  There are a lot of books published on culture.  They all, including my own – Culture Trumps Everything – take a similar approach.  They introduce a particular concept, explain why it is important to organizational culture, …

Culture, Experiences and Opportunities

Gustavo Grodnitzky Culture Trumps Everything

Human beings differ because of our culture, experiences and opportunities. I have a “life doppelganger.”  Although my friend (we’ll call him “Nicolas”) and I don’t look alike, our early-life circumstances were virtually identical, particularly up to the age of three. We were both born in Argentina. We were both born into loving families, with two parents who were highly involved and …

Is implicit bias real?

Dr. Gustavo Grodnitzky Culture Trumps Everything

In my travels, I have recently been asked by several people if implicit bias – also known as unconscious bias – is real.  So I’ve decided to write about it here. Implicit bias refers to the beliefs and/or attitudes that influence our understanding, actions, and decisions in an unconscious manner.  Now that we have a definition, does it really exist? …

Culture and Communication

Gustavo Grodnitzky Uncategorized

Last week I had the opportunity to see two highly skilled, highly successful executives – both of whom have a history of effective communication – unravel and devolve into a shouting match during a conversation around the issues of gun rights and  gun control. The term one chooses to use is often associated with one’s political position, so I will …

Culture and Power

Gustavo Grodnitzky Uncategorized

I recently read a blog written by a friend and colleague, Jed Daly, a 25 year CEO and Vistage Chair.  You can find it on LinkedIn here: https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/you-get-what-tolerate-jed-daly/?published=t In it he discusses the abuse of power that has been so prominent, and now so public, in our culture, as evidenced in the Harvey Weinstein story, and all the similar stories …

Culture and Violence

Gustavo Grodnitzky Uncategorized

The National Council for Home Safety and Security had designated Parkland, Florida, the safest city in the state [of Florida] in 2017. It was also named the 15th safest city in America for 2017. Tragically, on February 14, 2018, Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, in Parkland, [Florida,] experienced the worst school shooting since the Sandy Hook massacre in 2012. Why? …

The Cost of Culture (at VW)

Gustavo Grodnitzky Uncategorized

In September 2015, the Environmental Protection Agency sent a letter to Volkswagen (VW) accusing VW of installing a “defeat device” in its 2.0-liter diesel engines.  The device was programmed to control engine software that reduced engine emissions to legal limits when it detected only two wheels were rolling (as in during an emissions test) and to be deactivated so that …

Wells Fargo Culture… (Finally) Acknowledged

Gustavo Grodnitzky Culture Trumps Everything

I have written several blogs on Wells Fargo culture since the termination of 5300 employees late last year for opening more than 2 million accounts without the permission of bank customers.  The CEO of Wells Fargo at the time, John Stumpf, first stated publicly that the behavior was due to bad hiring practices.  (Five thousand three hundred bad hires, John?) …