Death by Zip Code – It’s a Culture Thing

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Rural counties, by Zip Code, have a higher rate of premature death, smoking, obesity, child poverty, and teen births. The 2016 County Health Rankings, a study funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute can be found here (countyhealthrankings.org). You can look up the ranking of your own county if you’re curious! These …

Decisions, Decision – What Drives Yours?

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In my last blog, I discussed how Schlumberger, a company that provides tools and services for oil and gas companies and operates in more than 85 countries, cut 25,000 jobs in 2015 – 20% of its workforce – and the CEO still received a total compensation package of $18.3 million – down slightly from his $18.5 million in 2014. In …

The Writing on The Wall

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The writing is clear and concise. Can you read it? Organizations have no alternative but to take note and respond. Deloitte Consulting recently published their 2016 survey about Millennials. The survey continues to support several trends among Millennials that I have been discussing for years in my presentations. If you want to successfully recruit and retain this generation, companies must …

Behavioral Building Blocks of Culture – The Desired Dozen

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For many people, believing an organization can actually have a good culture is like believing in unicorns (that don’t exist) or winning the lottery (it can happen, but the odds are way against you). Many employees are often frustrated by their culture, with some describing their workplace as being dominated by negative and/or toxic colleagues and supervisors who are back-biting and …

Happy Culture = Increased Productivity +

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Organizational leaders, managers, and economists have long looked at different strategies to increase employees’ performance and productivity. This person needs more education; this one needs more training and skill development; everyone needs the newest technology. Few have considered what is all too often an overlooked element – human emotion. A team of researchers led by Andrew Oswald, a professor of economics at …

Costs of Poor Culture

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Several recent studies have updated information about some already well-known facts discussed in my book, Culture Trumps Everything, and my presentations. A poor organizational culture has quantifiable costs for organizations large and small. Cost #1: Health The American Psychological Association says that health care costs of high-pressure companies are almost 50% greater than other organizations. A full 80% of primary …

Culture: Obfuscation And Education

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In 1969, in what was then a secret and internal memo of the Brown & Williamson tobacco company, the company identified the strategy and tactics it would use to counter what it saw as anti-cigarette forces. These strategies and tactics would not be well known until the memo became public in 1979. At that time it was revealed that “Big Tobacco” …

Culture Shift: Understanding Behavior Change

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Creating change in behavior (culturally or individually) is a challenge for a variety of reasons. This blog has discussed the fact that people don’t fear change, they fear loss. We must also understand the behavior change is a process, not an event. This means that people trying to change their behavior (whether voluntarily or under duress) will follow a specific …

Culture (Writ Large) of Political Correctness

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As discussed in chapter 7 of Culture Trumps Everything, a shared common language builds upon and reinforces fundamental elements of a culture. Language is the sharing of specific sounds so our words to convey a specific meaning, construct, or complex concept. A shared common language is part of what can both unite us and/or divide us. Case in point: The …