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INWARD'S TOP FIVE BUSINESS PREDICTIONS FOR 2018

 

This week I am sure you are seeing many thought leadership articles, opinion pieces and blog posts addressing business, marketing and technology predictions for this new year. So far, I have seen discussions on mobile technologies, continued mergers and acquisitions, the raging tech stock market, artificial intelligence and the list goes on. One thing is for sure, the proverbial crystal ball for 2018 will be cloudy. No one knows for sure what will happen or what will become reality.

Posted by Allan Steinmetz at 1:00am

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Chick HERE TO LEARN MORE

A few weeks ago, I came across a “Blue Ribbon Commission Report by National Association of Corporate Directors discussing “Culture as a Corporate Asset”. The report proclaimed that corporate cultures matter in business. I was a bit surprised because I thought that was obvious. I previewed some of the findings, and I promised to share my thoughts on the report over time. From our beginning 19 years ago, Inward believed 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 see what we have learned over 19 years

 

It was 19 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 1:00am

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The Year Of “People Power Transformation”

A lot of facts and figures have been swirling in my brain over the last few weeks, and I have been trying to make some sense of all of it. This is what I’ve been hearing and reacting to:

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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If It Feels Good, Do It! Passionately!

Can you think of a job or task that you have performed in the past for which you had no passion or commitment?  Something that you were ordered to do by a superior or even a parent and that you did simply out of compliance or obedience?  How was that different from a job in which you were passionate about what you were doing?  When someone is passionate about a task or job, they are much more willing to go the extra mile and become fully engaged and committed.  Effective leaders understand that they may have the ability to order someone to do something, but they will never gain total commitment until that person shares the same values, passion, and vision as the leader.  Stan Slap wrote a book called “Bury Your Heart in Conference Room B”.  The title intrigued me so I picked up a copy.  Stan builds the case that a leader can buy temporary loyalty from an employee with stock options, bonuses, reward and recognition programs, or even equity in the company.  But they will never capture their heart until that employee feels like they can live out their values on the job.  And that commonality of values and beliefs drives a common passion that results in a strong culture of employee engagement and team alignment. [Read more...]

Posted by Rick DeMarco at 11:00am

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Rome wasn’t built in a day…and why it matters

There is an old saying, “Rome was not built in a day”. It took patience, tenacity, cooperation, a well thought-out plan, passion (and probably some back braking slave labor). History shows it took a cross- functional team to make the magnificence of Rome shine. It was not simply about the Emperor and what he envisioned, it was also about the parliamentary procedures, having an Army and the funding that made it happen. Cooperation. Shared purpose. Clarity of purpose. And vision. [Read more...]

Posted by Allan Steinmetz at 11:00am

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Leadership Has Nothing to do with a Title

When I deliver workshops or keynotes on the behavior of effective leaders, I often look across the room and watch people nodding their heads in agreement and then commenting about how much better things would be if their boss would just shape up.  Although it’s great to see the agreement with these principles of effective leadership that drive team alignment, here’s the problem.  Leadership has nothing to do with title or position and everything to do with behavior.  Remember, this blog is about effective leadership and employee engagement, not about organizational structure, which is clearly defined by title and position. 

Posted by Rick DeMarco at 11:00am

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