Our Best Corporate Culture and Leadership Articles: Spring 2015

best organizational culture articles

Our team of keeps writing, and we keep sharing the most relevant content over our LinkedIn and Twitter feeds. But, some articles have surprised even us with their popularity. We’ve already shared our best from Q1, and we thought it was time for an update.

Below you’ll find our 7 most popular blog posts of this Spring. We hope they continue to serve as a spark that ignites new thoughts, new ideas, and help you navigate your own corporate culture and leadership development.

1. The Iceberg of Organizational Culture Change (Infographic)

iceberg of organizational culture change

Most people think of culture as the visible values and behaviors within an organization; shaped by employee perks and benefits, the office policies and environment, and the corporate brand and values.

These are all part of your culture, but like an iceberg, the majority of what drives the behaviors within your organization is unseen and largely inaccessible, far below the surface of what anyone in your company consciously thinks about. Read More

2. Using Data Visualization to Optimize Our Workplaces

data visualization workspace

By identifying the key congregation hubs and the type of discussions that are taking place, leaders now know where to place information (ex. update on a new safety policy), the content of the message (ie. use a humorous tone in the kitchen space), and the type of media to use (ex. quick graphic, display on a TV screen, a copy of the document, speaker announcement, etc.).  This could help improve the way information is disseminated and reduce the likelihood that coworkers are oversaturated with information that does not resonate well.  Read More

3. Don’t Just Survive Boring Meetings, Conquer Them!

conquer boring meetings

Corporate America is obsessed with meetings. They drag on endlessly, accomplish very little, and people seem to show up just to grab a free lunch, avoid getting in trouble, or for personal, political reasons. These tips will help you run better meetings that your team will actually enjoys attending. Read More

4. What Your Employees Really Need to Keep Them Engaged

key to keeping employees engaged

There may be many reasons why employee engagement is suddenly, and increasingly a concern for leaders over the past several years. And while behaviors like micromanagement, poor pay or benefits, or a lack of appreciation or praise are often cited, they don’t paint an accurate picture of the entire engagement story. Read More

5. One Surprising Way to Build Resilience In the Workplace

build resilience in the workplace

As an entrepreneur, business owner, or a leader in your organization, you may already know how important it is to be adaptable, build trust, and align your team around a common purpose that drives your bottom line performance goals.

But, how do you, as a leader, weave these qualities into the fabric of your team? How can you proactively create an organizational culture that allows for mistakes, encourages perseverance, and engages all of your stakeholders around a common goal? Read More

6. 5 Myths About Organizational Culture Every CEO Should Know

5 myths about organizational culture

Many thought leaders today are talking about company culture as if it’s akin to capturing a unicorn. It carries a romantic and mythological appeal that makes it an irresistible topic of conversation, but they still haven’t fully figured out how to effectively shape it to drive the right behaviors in their organizations.

With that in mind, here are 5 common myths about organizational culture, debunked. Read More

7. Organizational Culture: An Aphorism Is ‘Worth A Thousand Words’

organizational culture aphorism

In our daily lives and our daily work, we are undoubtedly impacted by subconscious messages that we have been socialized to accept. Often these are reflected in the choice of leaders that our society venerates. Other times, these messages enter our lives via quotes, mottos or aphorisms, such as, “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” that are so common they are often cliche.

Though they may seem harmless in everyday use, these mantras are incredibly powerful, simplistic guideposts on our thinking and how we prioritize our time and attention. Read More

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