Denial: It’s more than a river in Egypt

Gustavo Grodnitzky Culture Trumps Everything

For those of us not directly connected to (or victims of) the current Wells Fargo news story discussed in last week’s blog post, it has become the gift that keeps on giving. This week, John Stumpf, CEO at Well’s Fargo, spoke with the Wall Street Journal. Stumpf did not specifically comment on who was ultimately responsible for the practices and …

Policies Limit Behavior; Culture Drives Behavior

Gustavo Grodnitzky Culture Trumps Everything

During the past week, it became public that more than 5,300 Wells Fargo employees, between 2011 and July 2015, created more than 1.5 million unauthorized bank and credit card accounts without customers knowing that these accounts were being created in their names. Why? Policies limit behavior; culture drives behavior. This means that policies tells people what they cannot do, policies …

Cultural Adaptability

Gustavo Grodnitzky Culture Trumps Everything

Over the past two weeks I have had the unique privilege of traveling from my home outside of Denver, Colorado, to Barrow, Alaska, and to the Amazon River basin in Peru. My wife and I make our home in the mountains West of Denver because we appreciate nature and all that it has to offer. Because we are in the …

Culture of Mistrust (Writ Large)

Gustavo Grodnitzky Social Capitalism

This has been a difficult week as a society inside the United States. To see 5 police officers killed in Dallas, TX, earlier this week, and today another 3 killed in Baton Rouge, LA, is simply shocking. There is no excuse, whatsoever, to take an innocent life. Period. Hard stop. In the mid-1990s, at the beginning of my career, I …

Social Capitalism in Action

Gustavo Grodnitzky Social Capitalism

Social Capitalism is a model of capitalism that believes profit follows culture. In order to achieve exception profit, an organization must first build and sustain an outstanding organizational culture. It is not socialism. It is not social engineering. It operates on two fundamental premises: 1. It’ s the role of owners, investors, and members of an organization to build a …

Individual Differences

Gustavo Grodnitzky Culture Trumps Everything

One of the most common questions I have been fielding recently in my Culture Trumps Everything presentation is, “What about individual differences?” If culture explains so much of human behavior, what creates the differences we see between people? Let’s start with the data: In the last 200,000 years that modern humans have walked on the earth, there have been about …

Culture of Fitness – Millennial Style

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Running for fitness has been growing for decades, until last year. After two decades of furious growth in footrace participants, the number of finishers dropped 9% in 2015, according to industry-funded research group Running USA. After a small decline in 2014, 2015 saw a slide that points to a sustained cooling of the running for fitness phenomenon. This was something …

Gap-Year Culture

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This past week it was announced that Malia Obama, eldest daughter of Barack and Michelle Obama, will be taking a “gap year” prior to entering Harvard University in the Fall of 2017. While this concept of a gap year – taking a year off between the end of high school and the beginning of college – may be anathema to …

Neighborhood Culture

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You can choose your friends but you can’t choose your family or neighbors.  But what if your neighbors held the key to a longer, healthier life? Neighborhoods, like organizations (and/or families), have a culture. Yes, every neighborhood has “that neighbor” who is a recluse or has a personality style that ensures others avoid him/her. But a recent study published in …

Boomerang Employees

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A recent study published by Kronos and Workplace Trends surveyed more than 1,800 human resources professionals, managers, and employees. They found that 76% of those surveyed said they are now more accepting of hiring former employees than they were just five years ago. The same was true of 62% of the managers and 40% of employees indicated they would rehire …