Culture Split by Race and Educational lines

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A new CNN/ORC international poll taken after the shooting at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church shows a startling cultural split, specifically about beliefs about what the Confederate Flag represents. This split is not only observed in the poll between whites and blacks (as one might expect), it can also be seen between those with and without a Bachelor’s level …

Historic Cultural Shift

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I would be remiss if I did not take this opportunity to discuss a major culture shift, writ large, that occurred last week here in the United States.  First, considering that culture (organizational and writ large) consists of beliefs, behavioral rules, traditions, and rituals, I am speaking specifically about the Supreme Courts decision to allow gay people to legally marry …

Performance-Based Culture: Teams, Part 2

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“No problem is insurmountable. With teamwork, a little courage, and determination, people can overcome anything.” — B. Dodge This post is the second half of a mini-series on performance-based culture. I recommend you read Part 1 before continuing. Teamwork is the understanding and acceptance of and commitment to group goals by all members that are part of a team. The use and application …

Performance-Based Culture: Teams, Part 1

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“Individual commitment to a group effort – that is what makes a team work, a company work, a society work, a civilization work.” — Vince Lombardi I could not agree more with Lombardi. It is always easy to identify a performance-based culture. The culture relies heavily on teams with sound metrics, rewards, and a foundation of collaboration. In a performance-based culture, organizations realize …

Social Capitalism

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Social capitalism is a concept that is often misunderstood. It is not socialism or social engineering. The best way to understand social capitalism is to contrast it to classic capitalism.  Companies that operate on the premise of classic capitalism believe that it is the role of owners and investors in the organization to create a machine of business that creates profit that is then …

Culture of Communication

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Communication is the process of conveying information and meaning. Many leaders take communication for granted or believe it is the “other person’s” job to make sure they understood the message. Successful leaders build a culture where the process of communication is paramount and ensure that within their organizational culture, everyone understands there are four critical components to successful communication. I. Planning Successful communication occurs only …

Empower Your People: Part 2

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In my previous blog post, we talked about steps of delegation. I have also discussed extensively, both in my book and in this blog, the need for trust in organizations and human relationships. Having provided the steps for successful delegation last week, it is clear that a leader’s ability to delegate will ultimately be based on their ability to trust. Micromanagers do not …

Empower Your People: Part 1

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One of the biggest obstacles I have seen to a self-sustaining, performance-based culture is a manager (often a small business owner) being unable to delegate to his/her employees. The old saying “If you want something done right, you must do it yourself,” speaks to an antiquated way of seeing the world. If this is your view of the world, you …

Creating a Culture of Trust

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I’m often invited into an organization as a consultant during a period of crisis. As a consultant, I go into an organization simply to assess the behaviors that lead to that period of crisis. It is very common for me to observe a lack of trust between management and employees, and also sometimes between different leaders on the management team. …

Culture of Transformation

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As a consultant, I wish I had a nickel for every time I was invited into an organization and told: “We’re going through a reorg.” (Reorg is short for reorganization of the organization.) This is too often suggested (read: mandated) by a new CEO or his team in an effort to ensure the company begins to improve performance. As a consultant, this is always …