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 …

How to Handle Criticism Better

Gustavo Grodnitzky Employee Engagement, Organizational Culture

“That was the worst presentation I’ve ever seen! You got paid to do this presentation?! You’re a joke!” Those were the actual words spoken to me. Verbatim. After a presentation I used to give on anger management, several years ago, in Bangor, Maine. At that moment, I had several decisions to make: How would I think about what I had …

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 …