Intermediate Pandemic Period: Focal Points

Gustavo Grodnitzky Culture Trumps Everything, Employee Engagement

In my last blog, we discussed the book, Apollo’s Arrow: The Profound and Enduring Impact of Coronavirus on the Way We Live, by Dr. Nicholas Christakis, a physician and social scientist at Yale University, who has studied pandemics and plagues almost his entire career. In it, he predicts we are about to enter into the “Intermediate Period” of this pandemic, …

When a Culture Clash Hits Home

Gustavo Grodnitzky Culture Trumps Everything

“Culture Trumps Everything” is more than the title of my book. It is how I see the world, how I process information, how I evaluate the behavior of others. Last week, though, I got a painful reminder of its caveats. The People Who Don’t Adapt If you take someone who is loud and boisterous, and you walk them into a …

4 Lessons from 2020 to Carry with Us into 2021

Gustavo Grodnitzky Culture Trumps Everything, Self-Care

For the past two weeks, I have been flooded with questions, comments and exclamations about the end of 2020 and the beginning of 2021. I am with all of you who are celebrating this new beginning! BUT, in the immortal words of Henry Ford, “If you do what you’ve always done, you’ll always get what you’ve always got.” In other …

Can You Find Success Later in Life?

Gustavo Grodnitzky Culture Trumps Everything

As a culture and a society, we revere youth. From Shirley Temple to Britney Spears to Justin Bieber, the success of youth commands our attention. More recently, in the face of this pandemic, I have been receiving questions – usually from entrepreneurs and people looking to do something different – about whether it’s possible to be successful later in your …

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 REALLY Boosts the Bottom Line? Workplace Culture

Gustavo Grodnitzky Culture Trumps Everything, Organizational Culture, Organizational Effectiveness

“Middle management is where culture goes to die.” I routinely make this statement in my culture presentations – often receiving something between giggles and guffaws (also referred to as “knowing laughter” in the speaking world). I follow that up with anecdotes showing that managers manage tasks and bottom-line numbers, while leaders lead people. Now, finally, science, in the form of …

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 …