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August 4, 2015

Your Shadow Culture Eats Strategy For Breakfast

  Imagine you are at lunch with a close colleague and she asks, “How would you describe your company’s culture?” Does your description start off a bit fuzzy? Do you find yourself sounding philosophical? Or, are you able to fluidly recite your mission, vision and values? Even better, can you pull out a little card  …

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July 30, 2015

Competing for the CoreNet Global Innovator Award

Mark Konchar (Balfour Beatty), Josh Schierbeek (Haworth) and I presented this morning to a panel of 7 judges competing for the CoreNet Global Innovator’s Award. We will find out the results in October. Here is some background on how we got to the finals. Senior leaders, who judged more than 40 entries, selected winners in three  …

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July 21, 2015

Culture before Strategy?

Culture eats strategy for breakfast. Whether Peter Drucker uttered these words or not the truth still stands. Culture trumps strategy. Drucker’s aphorism blankets c-suite conversations, is uttered by a pantheon of keynote speakers and has achieved mantra status. If it is so ingrained then why do so few leaders follow it? There are one of  …

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July 20, 2015

Culture Before Strategy?

Culture eats strategy for breakfast. Whether Peter Drucker uttered these words or not the truth still stands. Culture trumps strategy. Drucker’s aphorism blankets c-suite conversations, is uttered by a pantheon of keynote speakers and has achieved mantra status. If it is so ingrained then why do so few leaders follow it? There are one of  …

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June 2, 2015

A Vice President at Microsoft and President of Steelcase on the Future of Work

Jim Hackett and John Fikany share the same story that every leader is struggling with. How do we keep up with the pace of change, foster innovation and attract the next generation? AND, what role does space play in that formula? Both conclude that space matters and that we’re in a new era of leadership.  …

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September 12, 2012

Millennial Stats that You Should Remember

The Millennial brain is different than the GenX or Boomer brain. Older boomers (1946 – about 1955) are primarily left brain oriented, i.e. readers. Younger boomers and older GenX’rs (1964 – 1975) are primary right brain oriented, i.e. watchers. Younger GenXr’s and Millennials are primarily bi-lateral thinkers (multi-senory, multi-media trained). When it comes to the  …

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April 22, 2011

7 Deadly Innovation Killers

Tradition – once upon a time this is how someone decided it should be done (otherwise known as NIMBY – not in my back yard). The Status Quo – change may upset the primal forces of nature and then everybody dies. Root-bound – no room for anything new or the chance to transplant anything (the  …

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April 11, 2011

Focus on the 5%

Gallup provides an assessment called Strengthsfinders that helps people find their unique capabilities. Its not a psychological test but one of talents. When you take the assessment you receive your top five talents (out of 34). These are your difference makers. You are one in 33 million. Our company’s observation is that 85% of what  …

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February 13, 2011

Do you get work done at work – or elsewhere?

Jason Fried, founder of 37 Signals and maker of web collaboration tools like Basecamp, Backpack and High Rise spoke at the Midwest TED conference in the fall of 2010. He describes why its so hard to get work done at work – and ways to improve that. This presentation is a great companion to Daniel  …

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