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 …

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 …

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 …

Culture Change, Newton and the Grand Canyon (Yes, They’re All Related)

Gustavo Grodnitzky Culture Trumps Everything, Organizational Culture

Think about the last time you walked on a beach. It was probably a bright, beautiful day. You could feel the warmth of the sun on your skin. Everything was picture perfect. Lovely … Enjoy the memory. Now think about the actual physical experience of walking on that beach. You might remember that every time you placed your foot down, …

Drive Towards Sunrise Using Newton’s Second Law of Motion: Changing Workplace Culture, Part 2

Gustavo Grodnitzky Culture Trumps Everything, Employee Engagement, Organizational Culture

As promised in my last blog post, this week we discuss how Newton’s second law of motion can be applied to changing workplace culture. The second law is more complex, but if you stick with me, I promise to use it to explain another big and painful challenge when creating change in workplace culture: resistance. Here’s Newton’s second law: F=ma. The vector sum …