Does Your Workplace Culture Motivate Employees to Succeed?

Gustavo Grodnitzky Employee Engagement, Organizational Effectiveness

At a recent public forum for business leaders, I was asked this question: “Do you think a workplace culture can really change what motivates someone?” This questioner (whom I suspect had been “volunteered” to be there) had a heavy tone of doubt, disbelief and a bit of disgust thrown in for good measure. How did I answer? If you’ve heard me …

How to Build Courage Into Your Culture

Gustavo Grodnitzky Organizational Culture, Organizational Effectiveness

“Why won’t my people just tell me the truth?!” I’ve heard that statement countless times in my 20+ years of consulting — usually from a truly exasperated CEO or other executive who has learned about some systemic failure. “These things aren’t supposed to happen!” is a typical follow-up statement, made with equal parts surprise, frustration and even anger. Systemic failures, …

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 …

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 and Human Energy

Gustavo Grodnitzky Organizational Culture, Organizational Effectiveness

I’ve been speaking on the topic of culture for the past 10 years.  I’ve been reading on the subject for more than 20 years.  There are a lot of books published on culture.  They all, including my own – Culture Trumps Everything – take a similar approach.  They introduce a particular concept, explain why it is important to organizational culture, …

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 …