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Last week I read a very interesting article in the Wall Street Journal. They previewed a National Association of Corporate Directors blue ribbon commission report proclaiming that corporate cultures matter in business. WHAT?  You would think that was obvious. So why has it taken so long for corporate boards to notice? Having a high-performance culture isn’t new! Maybe boards of directors just don’t understand what culture means. Culture is a set of shared assumptions about how to think, feel and act. Culture is the way work gets done. Culture is the sum total of behaviors, beliefs and decisions that leadership exhibits to create a positive and conducive business environment that allows positive implementation of the company strategy.

Posted by Allan Steinmetz at 1:00am

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Chick HERE to CREATE A HEALTHY CULTURE OF DEBATE

This past week there has been a firestorm of controversy in regard to President Trump’s lashing out at NFL players who kneel in protest during the national anthem. The reaction is playing out on TV network broadcasts, social media, including Twitter. It is reported that there were as many as 3.8 million tweets on Sunday alone on this topic. It seems we cannot have a civil conversation with friends or colleagues without some debate of who was right, who was wrong, what is the real focus of the protests and the racial divisiveness it has created.

Posted by Allan Steinmetz at 1:00am

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Click Here To Learn about Gender, Diversity and Inclusion's Impact of Employee Engagement and Talent

I was having a social lunch on Saturday at a friend’s house. The male companion of one of our friends who was visiting from Chicago, a tenured professor of applied electrical engineering, made a comment that started a heated a discussion. He said that he didn’t think that women were discriminated for opportunities in the sciences or technology, at least at his university. He thought the fact that the population at his university is over 70% male didn’t seem to make a difference – “Women had the same opportunities as men”. I thought one of our other female friends who was sitting across the table was going to launch across the table and strangle him with her bare hands. She has been in business for over 25 years, has a PhD and is a CEO of a biotech nonprofit. She said that women are discriminated in the sciences all the time. She continued saying something to the effect, ”that women were being held back because groping white men were reaching up under their skirts and holding them back.” Wow! Yes, lunch was a little uncomfortable after that point, but we made got through it with serious discussion, fine wine and laughter.

Posted by Allan Steinmetz at 1:00am

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Click here for full article: Engagement is Driven by Feelings of Support and Belief in Future Succe

I read and review many reports on internal branding, and employee engagement to stay abreast of the latest trends and direction in branding, marketing, HR and organizational transformation. This week I came across an interesting study that was recently completed by Quantum Workplace, that raised some interesting issues regarding the value of “feelings” of your employees and the impact that “feelings” have on employee engagement and future success.

Posted by Allan Steinmetz at 1:00am

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Internal Communication and message alignment

In nearly every client interaction, the topic of competing messages and alignment occurs. What communication message takes precedence? How does a company communicate to its employees without creating confusion? How does a company communicate with one voice, tone and manner with a personality that is consistent across the organization?

Posted by Allan Steinmetz at 1:00am

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A Culture Of Healthy Debate

A culture of healthy debate is vital for any successful organization. Ideally, debate will result from a diversity of ideas and perspectives, and the resulting discussion would improve the end product/service. However, in reality, debate can often be a difficult and anxiety-inducing process. In some cases, certain control-oriented managers may even discourage debate, preferring a hierarchical structure of decision-making with infrequent subordinate input.

Posted by Matt Manning at 11:00am

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Pokémon Go Revolutionizes Mobile Gaming And Augmented Reality

In 1996, Nintendo released a role-playing game for their handheld Game Boy system called Pokémon, short for “pocket monsters”. In this game, “trainers” explored a world filled with animal-like characters called Pokémon. The goal was to catch Pokémon in a ball, and then train them by battling other Pokémon. As you gained experience, your Pokémon evolved, and became stronger. With the help of a USB wire connecting two Game Boys, users could trade and fight their Pokémon with friends. This social element of the game would become a crucial element to its success.

Posted by Matt Manning at 11:00am

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Who Controls Employee Engagement And Why Doesn't It Get Funded? It Needs A Seat At The Table

There is never a week that we don’t receive a phone call from a prospective client who says “employee engagement is a high priority but we can’t seem to find the budget to address the issue”. In other calls we hear, “the organization is working in silos and we can’t seem to get everyone on the same page, but nobody seems to be willing to do anything about it, and we don’t have a budget to get it done”. I try to be encouraging but it takes more than that.

Posted by Allan Steinmetz at 11:00am

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How To Eliminate Silos And Create Alignment

In our line of business, we see companies that have grown through either acquisitions and/or organic growth that reach a point where the company has become siloed and does not operate as one cohesive unit. The problem with this type of structure is that employees focus so heavily on their own department’s goals that they lose sight of the overall company vision. Additionally, it prevents the company’s fragmented divisions from enabling a smooth and cohesive relationship with partners and end consumers.

Posted by Allan Steinmetz at 11:00am

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