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 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 …

Gap-Year Culture

Gustavo Grodnitzky Uncategorized Leave a Comment

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 …