How to Hold a Q4 Organizational Review and Why It Matters

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It was a Thursday morning when I walked into the tasting room of a wine market in the west loop area of Chicago. I was there to facilitate an organizational review for a well- known law firm, and to help prepare staff to finish the year strong with a great performance in the fourth quarter. As I ticked past the …

Dr. Susan CainHow to Hold a Q4 Organizational Review and Why It Matters

S.M.A.R.T.E.R Goals

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There’s always room for improvement. Two-Minute Reads are a free tool you and your organization can use just for that reason. Take a look at the definition below: Specific A clearly defined goal will provide a target and means of measurement. To set a specific goal you must answer the six “W” questions: Who: Who is involved? What: What do I …

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Managing Change

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There’s always room for improvement. Two-Minute Reads are a free tool you and your organization can use just for that reason. Every individual goes through the following four-stage process when dealing with change: Stage 1: Denial Stage 2: Betrayal Stage 3: Searching for Solutions Stage 4: Acceptance The difference between individuals is the length of time it takes for them …

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Ensuring a High Performance Culture in Your Organization

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There’s always room for improvement. Two-Minute Reads are a free tool you and your organization can use just for that reason. Many leaders spend a lot of time talking about organizational culture. What does it take to create the right kind of culture? How is the culture maintained? There’s an old joke about an organizational leader who attended a presentation …

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Innovation: Needed, Wanted, Hard to Understand, but Worth the Journey

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I was sitting on an airport monorail not too long ago and as the train pulled out of the station I saw something that I had never seen before.  There in a large hallway were people gathered in what looked like a faux grocery store, touching labels embedded in the walls and swiping their credit cards at an unmanned checkout …

Dr. Susan CainInnovation: Needed, Wanted, Hard to Understand, but Worth the Journey

Understanding Employee Motivation and Culture Change

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Employee motivation matters, and companies succeeding in today’s tough marketplace know it. Research shows that employees are more attracted to join companies having favorable reputations. Culture plays a huge role in building reputation, employee belief and motivation. This paper looks at the practices that build an engaging culture capable of inspiring employee confidence and motivation. Back in 1959, Frederick Herzberg …

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Building a Positive Corporate Workplace Culture

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How often do you spend time wishing that people could work together in your organization in a more positive way? Most of us don’t often think about the quality of the culture or community that we work in, but we sure wish it was different. We recently featured authors John Christensen and Peter Block on our blogtalk radio show (http://www.blogtalkradio.com/corplearning). …

Dr. Susan CainBuilding a Positive Corporate Workplace Culture

Need to Shift your Culture? Try using the Fish! Philosophy

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John Christensen, CEO of Charthouse and Dr. Sue Cain of the Corporate Learning Institute recently chatted about the importance of shifting corporate culture and engaging employees using the Fish! Philosophy. This timely interview will help you see new ways to increase motivation and engagement with your employees. The Fish! philosophy-play, make their day, choose your attitude and be there provide …

Dr. Susan CainNeed to Shift your Culture? Try using the Fish! Philosophy

Finally! A Great New Resource for Developing Problem Solving and Innovation in Your Organization

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  The origins of the famous and by now trite proverb, “May you live in interesting times” has always been thought to be based on a Chinese curse. But it turns out that theory has undergone scrutiny. The phrase may be more closely linked to the Chinese proverb, “It’s better to be a dog in peaceful times, than a man …

Dr. Susan CainFinally! A Great New Resource for Developing Problem Solving and Innovation in Your Organization

Changing your Culture Using the Denison Culture Survey

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Dr. Susan Cain, and Vincent Peluso The Denison Culture Survey is a useful tool for organizations to understand their cultural strengths and weaknesses. What is culture? Culture is the “code” that signals the behavior of people in your organization. It is those unseen forces that guide behavior. In all organizations, there are both problems and opportunities to optimize the organization’s …

Dr. Susan CainChanging your Culture Using the Denison Culture Survey