Perspectives

Getting Curious About Culture

Getting Curious About Culture

What do you want your culture to be like? What micro actions are currently eroding or contributing to the culture you desire? Understanding what is serving or doing a disservice to a healthy and happy culture is an invaluable element to building a successful organization. When is the last time you “checked in” on your culture?

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Did You Feed Your Soul Today?

Did You Feed Your Soul Today?

I know it’s important to begin each day with self-care — simple rituals that get your mind and body right. Meditation. Exercise. Spiritual pursuits. Journaling. Intentionally carving out that time is so critically important to being a happy and productive human.

Except I don’t do it. It’s far easier for me to hop out of bed and race down the litany of to-do’s and handling “this one little work thing”. Before long, morning has turned to afternoon and the hamster wheel is still spinning. Oftentimes I’ve given away the best of my energy and brainpower to things that don’t require much of either.

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Innovation Lessons from a Challenging Year

Innovation Lessons from a Challenging Year

The definition of innovation is to introduce something new. A simple definition for an incredibly difficult and complex task. Difficult at least for most of us. Oftentimes innovation happens out of necessity or a need to solve a challenge to make life easier, more...

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What is Design Thinking?

What is Design Thinking?

What is Design Thinking? Design thinking is not so much "a thing", but more so "a way". Below are sourced excerpts that explain design thinking in more detail and provide links to original articles. "Design thinking is an innovative problem-solving process rooted in a...

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The Value of Pause

This week I had the opportunity to join a group of women for a Wild Morning retreat, part of the Women in the Wild program from Vibrant Living and Leadership. It was only two hours. Two, glorious hours of quiet, connection, community and reflection. We sat together....

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Change Takes Everyone

A culture change isn’t any different than other change initiative and benefits from involving the entire organization in the conversation – defining, designing and making change. How can you get your entire system involved? Town Hall Meetings Surveys Focus Groups Task...

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What is Culture Anyway?

I have found over the years that the definition of culture is diverse. For some it means social activities, foosball tables and beer; for some it is about the building, the decor and the “look”; and for others it is about how people are treated within the four walls of the organization – the values, the behaviors, the norms within the group.

We believe that culture is the wholistic experience of an organization and that the most successful organization, those where people want to be and work, are those that consider four elements of their culture …

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Making Mistakes Matures the Brain

Making Mistakes Matures the Brain

Saw this Forbes article and it got me thinking about the Miles Davis quote, "If you're not making mistakes, it's a mistake." Too often, failure is positioned as a negative instead of a positive step forward toward inevitable success. "Making mistakes matures the...

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Changing a Culture

Building culture is a fascinating thing, especially as a consultant. From the outside, you have perspective that helps in highlighting elements that a leadership team may have become blind to. But it also means it is difficult to shepherd the process for change. To...

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Stop Weaponizing HR Assessments

Stop Weaponizing HR Assessments

I love HR assessments. They provide interesting insights to personalities, behaviors and skills. They make for interesting conversation around the water cooler or dinner table. But while lots of organizations run assessments, many of those same organizations are...

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