Problems with your company culture? Look in the mirror!

Have your employees been leaving? Have your Glassdoor ratings not been where you would like them to be? Employee productivity not where you would like it to be? It is very likely you have a culture problem. Who is to blame? Who creates the culture? Every organization has a culture. Some have a good culture …

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Lessons in Marketing for HR: From the Archive

As I sit here planning my fall schedule I have put on my calendar that I will be attending #DreamForce16 in October in San Francisco. I get a lot out of attending and I am looking forward to it again. I was reminded of this post from last year where I attended some off-campus sessions …

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From the Archive: Has your lack of leadership led to a cultural failure?

Earlier this year I wrote about a crisis of leadership that the Secret Service was experiencing. It ultimately cost the Director in charge her job. It is a good lesson for all leaders to pay attention to. Here is a repost of that blog for you to consider again.  What happens when your organization has …

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Has your lack of leadership led to a cultural failure?

What happens when your organization has a lapse in procedure, or a failure in communication, or misses an important detail? In most cases nothing dire, but in the case of the Secret Service, these errors may cause harm to befall the President. A series of just such lapses and mistakes has brought scrutiny on the …

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Happiness As Precursor To Success: Employee Perks That Will Change Your Corporate Culture

Today’s post comes from my friends at SocialMonsters.org   The traditional model of success is all wrong, says researcher, educator and author Shawn Achor in his book “The Happiness Advantage.” While we used to think that once we were successful—at work, at home, at life—then we would be happy. But, the opposite is in fact …

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Yes, leaders do influence culture

I came across a very interesting historical story, one that I have never read before. It dealt with the influence on culture that a foreign soldier had on the Continental Army during the Revolutionary War. His influence helped George Washington turn around a failing effort to become the premier example of freedom in the world. …

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Highlights from the Illinois SHRM Conference

I had the good fortune to be a speaker at the Illinois SHRM State Conference that was held in Oakbrook Terrace, Illinois. The Illinois State Council did a fantastic job on putting this council together. They had three fantastic keynote address presented by retired FBI agent Jeff Lanza, who talked about how to maintain employee …

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A Culture of Work or a Culture of Clock?

  I received a question about what to do with an employee who is exempt, yet only puts in 40 hours per week over 4 days. One week he had to work and extra day and now he wants to work only 3 days the next week. That question got me to thinking about companies …

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The Value of a Disruptive Employee

  You may wonder why I think a disruptive employee is valuable. Most of us want to minimize or get rid of employees who are disruptive in the workplace. They cause lost productivity, bad feelings, and disputes and can generally be a pain-in-the-ass. Well I am not talking about that kind of employee. I am …

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To Hire Correctly Hire SLOW

There is no paucity of advice on how to hire people that will help you make the proper match between the individual and your needs as an employer. I have written about this topic as well here and here. As I was falling asleep the other night, during that twilight of the brain time when …

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