What Can Elephants Teach Us About Workplace Culture?

Gustavo Grodnitzky Organizational Culture

What species gets cancer more often: elephants or humans? Now you might think that since elephants are so much bigger than humans — and have so many more cells that could be affected by cancer — that they suffer from the disease more than we do. Actually, though, elephants don’t get cancer. Well, they do occasionally. But not nearly as often …

The College Admissions Scandal and the Culture of Wealth

Gustavo Grodnitzky Culture Trumps Everything, Socioeconomics

On March 12, 2019, a story broke in the news that continues to reverberate. Uber-wealthy parents paid between $200,000 and $6.5 million to ensure their children got into the colleges of their choice. Of course, the uber-wealthy have been leveraging their resources to get their children into elite colleges for generations, through large donations, legacy admissions, campus visits, tutors and …

What Really FIREs Up Millennials?

Gustavo Grodnitzky Uncategorized

I recently gave a presentation on different generations to a group of CEOs. Afterward, one of the older and wealthier CEOs told me this: “Behind every overpaid Millennial is a Baby Boomer executive who doesn’t know how to use his computer. Millennials would be nowhere without the wealth Boomers created.” While I know that is a common sentiment among Baby …

Meditation Can Benefit You at Work and Beyond

Gustavo Grodnitzky Organizational Culture

Last week, I was reminded of an article that was published in Harvard Business Review last year, “The Busier You Are, the More You Need Quiet Time.” In it, the authors go into how quiet time benefits everything from learning and memory to creativity, to increasing employee morale and productivity. Wonderful! But the authors fall short. At the end of …

6 Things You Should Know About Generation Z

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I’ve been working with companies trying to manage a multigenerational workforce for almost 12 years. Until lately, the focus had always been on Gen Y or Millennials, the generation of people born between 1982-2000/01, as defined by “The Fourth Turning” by Strauss and Howe.  But recently I have been doing more reading and speaking about the generation following Millennials. I’d …

4 Steps to Creating a Civil Culture at Work

Gustavo Grodnitzky Culture Trumps Everything, Organizational Culture, Organizational Effectiveness

In last week’s blog, we discussed the high cost of incivility in a workplace culture. This week, I’d like to discuss some ways you can create a more civil culture. Set a Destination An ancient Chinese proverb states, “If we don’t decide where we’re going, we’re bound to end up where we’re headed.” Creating a culture of civility requires leaders …

Is an Uncivil Culture Costing Your Company Money?

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Last week I had a flashback — full-on, no holds barred, cognitively, emotionally and physically. A former consulting client called to see if I would work with him and his company again. As he described his current situation, his whole demeanor reminded me – through my flashback – why I stopped working with him and his company: incivility. Many people …