Commerce and the Coming Cultural Reckoning

Gustavo Grodnitzky Organizational Culture, Socioeconomics

Imagine for a moment that you are standing at the seashore. Ankle deep in water, toes digging into the wet sand, as waves crash in front of you and then gently roll past you toward the shore. In the wake of George Floyd’s murder, we’ve seen a few larger waves come to shore recently – in the form of nonviolent …

What’s Next for Our Culture? Flexibility and Agility

Gustavo Grodnitzky Organizational Culture, Organizational Effectiveness

Over the past several months, in the context of business strategic and tactical planning, the most common question I’ve been fielding has been, “So, Gustavo, what comes next?” My simplest answer is, prepare for cycles of “suppress and lift.” “Suppress and lift” is not a term I created. It comes from a prescient opinion piece by Dr. Gabriel Leung, an …

How Aristotle’s Mistakes Are Still Haunting Us

Gustavo Grodnitzky Culture Trumps Everything

Culture is defined as the beliefs, behavioral rules, traditions and rituals that bind us together.  But where do beliefs come from? And how do they become an accepted part of our culture? Beliefs are a set of thoughts, about someone or something, that hang together. For example, each of us has beliefs about how the world operates (or how it …

Which Lives Matter In Our Culture?

Gustavo Grodnitzky Culture Trumps Everything

It’s our culture. We must decide. Which lives matter? Do Black Lives Matter or do All Lives Matter? The answer may not be as obvious as you think. Since the inception of the Black Lives Matter movement, some have countered with the statement “All Lives Matter.” In their minds, “All Lives Matter” is more inclusive. And many would argue that …

What Will Our Post-Covid Culture Look Like?

Gustavo Grodnitzky Organizational Culture

One of the most frequent questions I’ve been getting over the past month is, “What is this all going to look like when it’s over?” The truth is that the coronavirus pandemic is a very dynamic crisis. We learn new things every week. Two weeks ago we found out about a new symptom: Covid toes. Last week, we learned about …

Leading through Crisis: Guiding Adaptation

Gustavo Grodnitzky Organizational Culture

In the past month, the world has been turned on its head. What many saw as another problem “over there” has become a global pandemic. Every company and every industry has been affected. While companies in some fields — such as virtual meetings, social media and door-to-door delivery — have grown and expanded, most other companies and sectors have been …

A Tale of Two Cultures, Part I: Boeing

Gustavo Grodnitzky Organizational Culture

It has recently been suggested to me that I speak about organizations after they have succeeded or failed based on their culture, rather than during some cultural transformation that is occurring. This is true for two reasons: Cultural examples of success or failure tend to be clearer after the fact. If culture is a vehicle to success or failure (and …

Do You Know the Secret to Innovation That Most People Forget?

Gustavo Grodnitzky Organizational Culture

Brand new year. Brand new decade. This is the time of year when organizations, and the people in them, create strategic plans and make resolutions. Both fail more often than not. Why is that? While it is admirable and even desirable to look ahead to try to improve our organizations (and ourselves), our efforts often fail for a single reason: …