Policies Limit Behavior; Culture Drives Behavior

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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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …