organizational culture

Insights, Perspectives, and Thought Leadership

organizational culture

Insights, Perspectives, and Thought Leadership

Business Books to Read This Summer

Capitalism, Power and Biographies or Mystery, Romance and Comedy?

When I was growing up I spent my summers either at the cottage or at camp. It was a time before internet and wireless technologies. It was the time that I discovered my love of reading. I was a voracious reader.  I often perused the latest novel with a flashlight under the blankets. I naively…

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Stop trying to get the right people on the bus, get the right bus first!

“Leaders of companies that go from good to great start not with “where” but with “who.” They start by getting the right people on the bus, the wrong people off the bus, and the right people in the right seats.” Jim Collins, author of Good to Great – Why some companies make the leap and…

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Do Robots Require a Different Workplace Culture?

I’m not a big fan of science fiction, but I did enjoy the Jetson’s cartoon series when I was growing up. Self-driving vehicles, a robotic maid and automated appliances seemed like a dream way to live. And, who couldn’t use a little of Iron Man’s assistant J.A.R.V.I.S to help them get through the day? When…

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We Believe in Making a Difference. Sign Carol Ring Corporate Culture Speaker

What Will You Stand Up For?

What a time we live in! From students in Parkland sparking corporate responses to gun control, to a CEO shutting down over 8,000 retail locations at the same time for racial bias training, to an ex FBI Director calling upon a nation to vote for their values, people from all corners are stepping up. Parkland,…

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Oprah on Workplace Culture Carol Ring Corporate Culture Speaker

What Does Oprah Know about Workplace Culture?

Recently I tuned into a CNN episode of the Van Jones show because Oprah was the guest. I always get a dose of inspiration whenever Oprah speaks and was curious what she had to say this time. During a discussion of the current political situation, Oprah claimed that “we all play a role in creating…

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How to Optimize Your Organization's Gifts and Energy Carol Ring Corporate Culture Speaker

How to Optimize Your Organization’s Gifts and Energy

During my years as a corporate executive, I remember the endless efforts and pressure to deliver better results. Our weekly performance dashboards were full of customer satisfaction metrics and cost related KPI’s. Process re-engineering was on ongoing activity with obsessed Six Sigma black belters. Despite good intentions, these various areas of focus still resulted in…

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Metaphor of someone dealing with sabotage in the workplace

Is Your Leadership Team Sabotaging Your Culture Transformation?

Have you ever felt like a lone salmon swimming upstream against the current when trying to make change in your organization? Meet Joanna Barclay. For over 3 decades she’s worked with leadership teams engaged in business transformation. She is the author of Conscious Culture – How to Build a High Performing Workplace through Values, Ethics and…

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Where are We Going Next? A Special Announcement From the Culture Connection

Our hopes are high. Our faith in the people is great. Our courage is strong. And our dreams for this beautiful country will never die. –Canadian Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau, 1984 Canada is coming off a wonderful year of commemorating 150 years since confederation. It was a time to come together and celebrate what it means to be Canadian. Now the party is over and things are not as glowing as…

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Would You Spend $10 million to Advertise Your Culture?

According to a study by Unilever, one in three consumers buy from brands that are doing social or environmental good. Gallup research shows that over 36% of job seekers say a company’s brand and reputation is very important to them. And, an aligned culture ensures brand integrity. Smart organizations have recognized this shift in consumer…

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Red Heart of Love on Enter Key on Keyboard

The Surprising Thing About Romance in Your Workplace Culture

According to a survey done by diamond retailer James Allen, Valentine’s Day is the most popular day of the year for couples to become engaged. While the original festival dates back to ancient Rome, the 1300s is when it became associated with love and romance. Sixty-two percent of US adults say they celebrate the holiday,…

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