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September 19, 2015

The Culture Question = Strong Sales for Change Your Space, Change Your Culture

A young grad student called me this week excited and inspired by the book. He is developing an App based on engagement for the workplace. He said, “I’m turning your book into an App!” Book sales have topped 16,000 and will exceed 20,000 by the end of the year. The interest reflects the ongoing questions leaders  …

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August 24, 2015

Amazon and The Science of Culture

A close colleague, Markku Allison with SCAN, sent me a Fast Company link to a great article critiquing Amazon’s culture against 6 tested criteria to determine a healthy culture. The book, Primed to Perform, is scheduled for release in October and based on the article I’ve placed my order. The first 3 criteria are positives  …

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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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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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April 19, 2015

Happy 50th Birthday to Moore’s Law!

Gordon Moore observed in 1965 that the number of transistors will double at half the cost every year. In 1975 he revised it to 18 months to two years. What he never could have realized is global revolution this would cause and the beginning of Moore’s Universe. Every leader needs to take inventory to what  …

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October 31, 2014

Teach Me! Slam Poetry and the Next MindShift Initiative

Nytesia Ross is from Tyler, Texas and recently performed at a nationwide poetry contest in Washington, D.C. Are our schools a safe place to learn? Even in “safe” suburban neighborhoods the pressure is intense. We are seeing the bitter fruit of this pressure with teachers, schools and administrators caught taking short cuts. The Atlanta public  …

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October 4, 2012

When Your Touch a Nerve Look Beyond the Angry Reaction

Imagine you are a five hundred year old institution going through a battle over your core mission and values. You reach that last resort – irreconcilable differences. Separating is – well – complicated. The road to separation takes five years and a considerable investment of time, emotion and money. There are ups and there are  …

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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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