Culture: Are you gambling?

By Bill Kaiser, Senior Consultant One of my morning rituals (we all know the importance of rituals) is the medically and psychologically necessary trip to Starbucks.  I head out early, give my two Doodles (yes, I said Doodles) a car ride, and load up on my favorite hi-test beverage.  On the way home this past Sunday, I was listening to my favorite sports radio station and was thoroughly “entertained” by the early Sunday morning show. Not sure the names of the hosts, but I’m guessing they were the inspiration for the characters in the classic comedy movie, Dumb & Dumber.  …

UPDATE: Driving Culture in a Youth Basketball League – The EGBA Way

By Al Curnow, Senior Consultant Back in March I shared my experience introducing our Fundamentals System (our proprietary process to intentionally drive a high performing culture) to my daughter’s youth basketball team. Further, I mentioned that the process was so well-received that the entire league, The East Greenwich Basketball Association (EGBA), decided to implement the process league-wide. For those that might not have seen the original article, here’s a link. We received so much feedback on that post, that I thought it would be worth sharing what’s happened since. Improving the process Since that first article, we’ve made a number of …

Rituals and the Lasting Impact of Internalizing Culture

By Rob Wolff, Senior Consultant As some of you may already know, a cornerstone of our Fundamentals System is the use of rituals, or recurring practices, which enable us to teach and reinforce desired behaviors over and over again. rituals are what prevent a focus on culture from becoming a “flavor of the month.” It’s not at all uncommon to run into someone who’s skeptical about the power of rituals and a clearly articulated intentional culture.  Since it’s not something that you see in practice very often, some wonder if rituals really have that strong of an impact. The impact …