Culture doesn’t have to be complicated

When people first get exposed to our approach to creating and driving culture intentionally, they’re often struck by how simple it is. “It just makes sense,” they frequently say, as if that should be a surprise. And yet, when things are simple, we sometimes fall into the trap of thinking there must be something missing because it isn’t overly complex. I recently came across this blog post, written by Bruce Terkel, and I thought it was really insightful. In it, Terkel points out that when things are simple, they help us to see issues more clearly because we don’t get …

Sustaining your culture for years, not months.

Ever wonder why it’s so hard to stick with our plans, even with the best of intentions? Ever roll out an important initiative in your organization, determined to make it last, only to have it fall by the wayside, as you got busy on something else or distracted by a new problem or opportunity? Well join the club. It happens to nearly all of us and in nearly all organizations.   And the cost of these lapses is not just in the failed initiative. In fact, it’s bigger than that. When we repeatedly fail to sustain our efforts, we teach our …