Developing A Value-Driven Culture

An organization’s culture is its personality and embodies its beliefs, its values and the way its people perform their jobs and interact with customers, shareholders and each other. This article focuses on cultural strategy and the ways in which organizations ensure that their culture and their business goals optimally support each other. It breaks down…

Culture Conquers (Almost) All

Culture Conquers (Almost) All – Even In A Retention-Challenged Industry. Corporate culture can make the difference between organizational success and failure. This article takes a look at the culture-building efforts of a firm ranked fourth in the 2007 list of the “25 Best Small Companies to Work For in America” by the Great Places to…

How Companies Can Encourage Innovation

Creativity and innovation are the cornerstones of competitiveness in business.  Richard Florida, author of “The Rise of the Creative Class,” believes that we’re in the early stages of a movement from an industrial economy to a “creative economy,” with creative people in a wide variety of fields providing a growing stimulus for economic growth. This…

No-Cubicle Culture

Hearing-Aid Maker Oticon Removed All Office Boundaries And Has Flourished By Learning Which Ones It Needs This article is really the story of Oticon, a Danish hearing aid manufacturer whose CEO swept away middle managers, hierarchies and fixed assignments in a drive to create a “free marketplace of ideas.”  Employees were free to concentrate on…

Design Your Corporate Culture

For Joe Tye of America’s Values Coach it is a company’s corporate culture – largely in the person of its people – that creates the most lasting impression of a business for its customers and potential employees.  This article discusses Tye’s presentation at the Dow AgroSciences Premier Partner Summit in January, paying particular attention to…

Workplace Culture Can Be Changed

This author posits a company culture promoted to prospective employees during the hiring process, one that strives to balance work and home life.  Yet new hires find that the norm is employees coming in early, staying late and working through lunch and breaks.  The author then proceeds to show steps that could be taken to…

Fence Sitter

Workplace civility is becoming a growing concern to managers.  This author believes this phenomenon is due to the adverse impact of an exodus of talent from the “take no prisoners” corporate cultures of the ‘90s and ‘00s.  The new metric of note is the “civility index.”  Based on surveys of employee feelings about their companies,…

Taking Culture on Board

This article is essentially a review of consultant Carolyn Taylor’s new book “Walking the Talk,” in which the author stresses the role of corporate culture as a source of competitive advantage.  She recommends investing in one’s corporate culture and defining and developing it to attract and keep the right employees, foster positive workplace practices and…

House Training: Now, Employees Get Brand Boost

A good and effective company culture can be an important competitive advantage but a poorly managed program can be perceived as a counter-productive cult-building effort.  This article discusses a number of successful culture-building efforts, from Mars, Inc.’s Masterfoods (Pedigree Dog Food) with an employee handbook titled “Dogma” to champagne brand Moet & Chandon with coffee…

For Some Companies, Dog Days Are Key To Success

The need to combat stress in the workplace has led a number of companies to adopt some rather unique programs.  A growing number of these have found that talented people working hard, long hours can quickly decompress by having their pets close at hand.  This article highlights a 2001 survey conducted by the American Pet…