How to champion your organization’s top 7 priorities

CEOs and other executives are finalizing their business strategies and financial plans at this time of year. With great enthusiasm, their thoughts turn from strategy to implementation. My frequent advice to CEOs is to have no more than seven top…

Strategy Shift: Innovation and risk as the foundation for strategy and financial success.

In Strategy Shift, my colleague, C. Brooke Dobni Ph.D. with co-author  Christopher Sand, Ph.D. assert that organizations that want to be innovative need a strategy shift. To innovate and pivot quickly, firms must continually nurture their culture to innovate and adapt…

Don’t manage to an employee engagement score. Instead, drive business value.

The $74 billion employment engagement industry has a serious problem. After nearly 18 years, it is not driving sufficient business value to justify its costs. Instead, values, business purpose, organizational learning, and culture are the true factors that drive business…

Secrets to Creating an Exciting Employee Experience!

Employers who want to get higher levels of discretionary effort from their employees and all the awesome side effects that come along with it, such as higher morale, loyalty, productivity and innovation, need to face reality. Achieving higher employee effort…

Can You Fix a Broken Business Culture?

Or is it nearly impossible? Instead, should you just focus on fixing your business, and the rest will follow? These are the questions raised by a recent Harvard Business Review article by Harvard Professor Louis E. Kirstein and research associate…

Don’t end up camped on Mount Delusional when implementing strategy!

All executives, human resources leaders and organizational development consultants know that leading change and implementing new strategy is difficult. The empirical research tells us that 70% of company strategies fail. I, like many of you, have depended on change methodologies…

Can Changing a Company’s Culture and Values Turn It Around?

The Wall Street Journal recently reported that big banks are focusing more on their corporate culture and monitoring employee values and attitudes. They hope to avoid more years of bad headlines, bruising fines from regulators, losses and layoffs. It turns…