The Culture Club Posts


If organizations are living things, then the human beings who work there are the cells of the body. If the health of the body (i.e. the culture) is ignored, being focused instead on immediate gratification (quarterly profits) instead of long-term hea...
Let's Ship All the Jobs to China!
Published: 2008-11-12
I had an interesting conversation at a recent IQPC Talent Management Summit in Las Vegas. While having dinner with a vice president of human resources for a company, he asked a couple of provocative questions: "Does what we do really have any impa...
How Culture Affects Onboarding
Published: 2008-10-14
I read on the Internet that 80 percent of all new employees decide within the first six months if they are going to stay with their current employers or begin looking for "new opportunities." Whether this figure is the result of research or not...
Has anybody ever thought about the logic of asking people why they are leaving when they have already one foot out the door? I remember during an exit interview, when they asked me why I was leaving, part of me wanted to say, "Geez, because my m...
How Do You Define a Culture?
Published: 2008-09-29
"Oh," mentioned the recruiter, "this is a position that fits well with your skills." "Okay," I said, "tell me more about the company." "Well, it is an interesting place that I am su...
It’s all about culture. P...
The Culture of Learning
Published: 2008-09-16
Training doesn’t work! That is the axiom that many people have lived by for years. Training is presented as the magic wand that when one waves in the air, everybody comes back changed. But, as we all know, it never really works that way. You ca...
There are two candidates for a very senior position within the organization. Both are young, articulate, intelligent, ambitious people. Both present well and have engaging personalities. Candidate A is slightly older than Candidate B but they are...
A funny thing happened after I interviewed Bob Page, the founder and CEO Replacements Ltd., a dinnerware retailer. I was e-mailing my friend Heather and she wrote me the follo...
There has been so much written on leadership. Leaders should be story tellers, communicators, holistic, strategic, encouraging, creative, conservative, risk taking, ethical, competitive, inspiring and a whole host of other attributes. There are pr...
Growing up in a Jewish home, I never really understood what it was like to know the disappointment a child feels when he finally learns there is no Santa. That was until recently. After 11 years of having my own consulting practice, I recently d...

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