Here are five simple things that leaders must do to leverage a high performance culture in their business.
Why is culture so hard? Because leaders must strike a balance between divergent people exhibiting divergent behaviors. Not a task for the faint of heart. To cement a culture in a company, leaders must set and model clear values. Then they must hire, require, and fire according to these values. Hire people that exhibit them. […]
Sometimes looking backward can help us as we look forward… The coming together of SmithKline and Beecham in 1989 was truly unique. The two pharmaceutical companies had both been around a long time – nearly 150 years – and both were mediocre performers. At that time, the pharmaceutical industry had not experienced the global consolidation […]
Manuela Arbelaez. Ever heard of her? If you don’t know Manuela, she has recently garnered national attention for costing her company nearly $22,000 by making a mistake at work. In front of a live audience on television. Check it out here. All companies strive to produce quality work, but blunders like Manuela’s take place every […]
As a business culturist, my consulting business focuses on creating and sustaining a healthy culture for the businesses that hire me. Imagine my excitement then, when I found out that Merriam Webster’s word of the year for 2014 was “culture.” The word culture comes from the Latin “colere” which means to tend to the earth […]
I am the third of three siblings, each four years apart. Looking back, that played a significant role in what I do today. When my two older siblings flew the coop, I felt like an appendix – a vestigial remnant of my family with no apparent function. As the precursor to the Empty Nest, I […]
I had the privilege of facilitating a leadership retreat for University of South Alabama Children’s and Women’s Hospital last Friday. We discussed the role of the leader as they embed the mission, vision, and values within their company. Specifically, we mentioned: What leaders SAY What leaders DO How leaders THINK Above all, we determined that […]
In biology, a symbiotic relationship is one of interdependence between two organisms. One of nature’s best examples of symbiosis is the hermit crab and the sea anemone. We might think that hermit crabs are annoyed with their sea anemone hitchhikers, but the mobility they provide for anemones is worth the effort. In fact, hermit crabs […]