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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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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 20, 2015

Social Capital is the Single Factor that Determines Future Success and Resiliency

A small town just south of Indianapolis holds a secret. Many small towns do. However, when you hear this one you’ll likely sit up and do a double take like I did. Help me finish the following sentence… The top cities in the U.S. with world class architecture in order are: Chicago New York Boston  …

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July 18, 2011

8 Secrets to Success – Richard St. John

Richard St. John considers himself an average guy. Okay, an average guy that gets invited to speak at the TED conference. Richard St. John interviewed attendees to the TED conference (a bunch a very successful people) to hear what they had to say were keys to success. What I love about his presentation is that  …

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