Culture: Your employees want to make a difference

By Rob Wolff, Senior Consultant Part of our intentional culture process is rooted in a three-hour meeting (we call it a “rollout”) that we guide all employees through.  Without exception, our clients (the firms’ CEOs) worry about how their employees will respond. They anticipate a healthy degree of skepticism when employees find out that they’ll be discussing corporate culture for three hours.  Almost without exception, those very same CEOs are amazed at the level of engagement across those three hours.  I often hear comments along the line of “we’ve never had that much participation and enthusiasm in a meeting before.” …

Leading by Example

Have you ever read those surveys that examine the primary reasons why employees choose to either stay with an employer or leave?  In most of those studies, at the top of the list is an employee’s relationship with their direct manager or supervisor.  Why is this?  Because that’s what most affects the employee’s day-to-day experience.  This is true not only with regard to work processes and procedures, but also to how valued the person feels and how connected to the organization he/she feels.  So how does this relate to your culture?  Let’s take a closer look. It’s not the signs …

Lessons in Culture From Coach Wooden

  By Al Curnow, Senior Consultant The most successful men’s college basketball coach of all time, John Wooden, used to tell his players “be quick but don’t hurry.” What he meant was that you should play with a sense of urgency but not to rush and risk making careless mistakes. I frequently refer to this quote when working with clients. When discussing employee behaviors that are most critical to an organization’s success (we call these Fundamentals), we often discuss the concept of “getting it right the first time” or “slowing down to speed up.” I believe this is what Coach …