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The Responsibility To Create An Innovative Culture Lies With Employers

We recently came across an impactful study conducted by BMC, which was shared at last month's Davos World Economic Forum: http://bit.ly/2iBDIHc.  The theme for the annual meeting in Davos was Responsive and Responsible Leadership, as "traditional industries are being redefined and new ones are being created from scratch." Advances in machine learning, artificial intelligence, robotics, the Internet of Things, self-driving vehicles, and new payment technologies are forcing businesses, governments and individuals to examine how people work and the skills required of labor forces to meet the demands and needs of digital industry.

Posted by Allan Steinmetz at 11:00am

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Why Is “Purpose” So Important?

 Last week, our CEO posted a blog addressing the definitions of vision, mission, values, and purpose and how they work together to define an organization. So let’s talk specifically about “Purpose”. Why is it so important to an organization to define and communicate their purpose?

Posted by Rick DeMarco at 11:00am

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Mission, Vision, Values, Purpose - Are You Confused Yet?

Over the last few months, Inward has had substantial conversations with several clients about “Purpose”. That’s right, purpose. One would think that purpose would be obvious to any successful organization that is attempting to achieve high performance, serve client expectations as best as they can, and attract the best talent out there. But the topic of “Purpose” seems to be elusive.

Posted by Allan Steinmetz at 11:00am

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Inward’s 18th Anniversary – 10 Commandments of Internal Branding, Culture, and Employee Engagement

 

It was 18 years ago that we first started building our own brand identity. At the time, many companies were conducting large-scale process redesign and reengineering programs. Reportedly, close to 50% of those programs were failing, and 80% of the credit was given to reasons related to company culture clashes. Our thinking? What could we do to help organizations deal with enterprise change, culture realignment and internal branding?

Posted by Allan Steinmetz at 11:00am

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The Essentials of Employee Value Propositions

Two weeks ago I attended the Advanced Learning Institute’s (ALI’s) Employee Engagement and Internal Brand Activation conference in Chicago. I was asked by ALI to lead a step-by-step employee engagement workshop on the first day which was well attended. As a speaker, I was also invited to stay for the second and third day and listen some outstanding speakers from TD Bank, Scripps Networks Interactive, Mondelez International and VW of America. The content in the conversations at this year’s conference was really outstanding. Kudos to the presenters and the organizers.

Posted by Allan Steinmetz at 11:00am

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Winning Isn't Just About Beating The Other Guy

Last week, our CEO, Allan Steinmetz, wrote a blog about moving from doing “good work” to doing “great work”. As I read his thoughts, it occurred to me that doing great work is all about a commitment to winning. But the problem is that there are different interpretations of what winning really means.

Posted by Rick DeMarco at 9:00am

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How Do You Reconcile The Need for Work-Life Balance with a Culture of High Engagement?

Work-Life balance has long been a topic of conversation when talking about issues that need to be addressed to increase employee engagement and satisfaction. I started my career as a public accountant. Especially during tax season, it was not unusual or unexpected for auditors to work 60 to 80 hours per week. When we thought about work-life balance, it meant that for those few hours when we were not working, the last thing we wanted to do was to think about the office or our jobs. There really was a very clear line between our work and personal life and they only converged if we attended a company social event like a holiday party. So when we attended social events or got together with family or friends, we directed our conversations and discussions to other things that were important to us, like friends, hobbies, family, travel, etc. 

Posted by Rick DeMarco at 11:00am

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70% Of The US Workforce Is Not Actively Engaged

Businesses are getting smarter every day. Big data and predictive analytics have allowed companies to operate more efficiently and effectively. Globalization has forced collaboration in real time from all ends of the Earth; fostering innovation as the array of knowledge inputs expands exponentially.

Posted by Matt Manning at 11:00am

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Amazon’s Culture Takes A Hit In The Press

Over the last two weeks there have been some scathing reports and representations regarding Amazon’s culture. It was described in the New York Times article as being overly demanding, dismissive of personal issues, and an environment where tearing down the ideas of others in pursuit of excellence was considered the norm. It was cited that it is common to see people crying at their desks because of the stress. Jeff Bezos for his part seems to be in denial. He said in many reports that “this is not the Amazon he has come to recognize”. Maybe he should dig a little deeper.

Posted by Allan Steinmetz at 11:00am

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What Is The Most Important Role In An Effective Organization?

Let me cut to the chase and then explain. Every role within an organization is equally important. To be clear, I’m not talking about which role carries the most responsibility, which one has the most exposure, or which one establishes vision and strategy. I’m talking about which role is most important to the success of an organization. For an organization to reach its vision and goals, EVERYONE has to do their job. Senior leaders can develop the most compelling strategy and vision in their industry, but successful execution of that strategy depends on everyone in the organization buying into that vision. Creating a culture of high employee engagement requires everyone to do their job and do it well. It does no good to develop and manufacture a great product if the sales people don’t sell it, the logistics team doesn’t deliver it, and the accountant doesn’t bill and collect payment for it. 

Posted by Rick DeMarco at 11:00am

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