Corporate Culture

Insights, Perspectives, and Thought Leadership

Corporate Culture

Insights, Perspectives, and Thought Leadership

14 Rookies Make the Cut on Glassdoor’s 2020 Best Places to Work in Canada

On Dec 11, 2019, Glassdoor released the 25 Best Places to Work in 2020 in Canada. For the second year in a row, Microsoft tops the list. It’s the third time in four years that they rate in the top five. Salesforce, Cisco, Apple, and Shopify are all perennial members of this prestigious group. Yet, there are…

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Why Layoffs Could be the Biggest Company Culture Cover Up

According to a report by US outplacement firm Challenger, Gray & Christmas “Employers have announced plans to cut 515,441 jobs from their payrolls, 16.6% higher than the 441,702 cuts announced through October last year. It’s the highest January-October total since 2015 when 543,935 cuts were announced. Top reasons for reducing the workforce WeWork is about…

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Can WWI Remembrance Help Us Bring Out the All-Stars in Our Company?

Do you have an all-star employee in your company? Someone who strides into your workplace every day full of energy and passion, and excited to partner with you to achieve your wildest dreams. Wouldn’t it be amazing if every single one of your employees was an all-star? The truth is it’s getting harder and harder…

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New Workplace Culture Benchmarks Announced by Strategy&. How Well Do You Score?

A recent survey by Strategy& shows that the gap between the culture that a successful organization needs and what they have today is widening. The minimum benchmark for “good” culture is rising. A robust positive work environment has become table stakes and no longer a nice to have. How does your company stack up versus…

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Could a Brewery Culture be the Recipe for Success in Your Organization?

Recently I had the privilege to go on a trip of a lifetime. I cruised ports along the Baltic Sea, visited WWI sites and memorials where my grandfather fought in France and Belgium, and saw the sites in Paris and London. On day one, while touring the Heineken brewery and museum in Amsterdam I unexpectedly…

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Cost of Culture

How to Use Workplace Culture to Deliver Better Bottom Line Results

Every day we are faced with decisions at work about making investments or limiting expenses. Should I invest in this marketing campaign in the hopes that it will drive increased revenues? Should I downsize my workforce to reduce my payroll costs? Should I invest in training or should I cut the training budget? When you…

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Transforming Workplace Culture: Three Difficult Decisions Successful Leaders Make

You’ve decided it’s time to focus on your organization’s culture. You bring in your HR leader and give them the green light to start up a culture transformation program. The journey begins with energy and optimism. A few months in, things start to go off the rails.  Other priorities force their way in, demanding attention….

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Read to Lead: What Successful Business Leaders are Reading Today

Many successful business leaders are known to be voracious readers. According to Mike Myatt, a leadership advisor to Fortune 500 CEO’s, “CEOs of Fortune 500 companies read an average of four to five books a month.” Whew, that’s a lot of reading!  I’m curious if this isn’t actually a chicken and the egg scenario. Which…

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How to Find the Secret Foundation to a Successful Workplace Culture

The strategic planning process used to be a linear exercise. We started with the vision and then worked our way down through the what, where, when and how to develop the strategy. Then we might consider the people element of our strategy, which would bring in culture. The visuals always had culture as the foundation….

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Workplace Cultural Assessment Results

Why Culture Assessments are Failing our Leaders

“What’s your biggest problem in business these days?” I’ve been asking leaders this question at every opportunity. My research shows the responses come down to three areas: changing demographic expectations, disruption, and managing profitable growth. And the follow up questions almost all lead back to culture. More and more leaders are jumping on the culture…

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