Act On Culture

“Take action.  Success is not guaranteed, but inaction will guarantee failure.” – Ken Poirot I’m fortunate enough in my career to spend a lot of time with people who lead successful [...]


Culture Ambassador

“Some cause happiness wherever they go; others whenever they go.” – Oscar Wilde Leaders are asked to do a lot of things.  Some of those things are tactical, some are more strategic, some are [...]


Not Rainbows and Unicorns

“I cannot give you the formula for success, but I can give you the formula for failure.  It is:  Try to please everybody.” – Herbert Bayard Swope One of the challenges that all leaders face is [...]


Culture Doesn’t Just Happen

“Corporate culture doesn’t happen by accident – and if it does, you’re taking a risk.” – Monique Winston It’s always interesting to ask leaders about the businesses they lead. I always ask what [...]


Culture Takes Work

“It is better to be alone than in bad company.” – George Washington Culture gets a lot of attention these days, and rightly so. For all the strategy & planning and great ideas we might have, [...]


It’s Actually About You

“…Leadership is about taking responsibility, not making excuses.” – Mitt Romney This blog might sound like a repeat (of this, or this, or maybe even this) but it just keeps coming up time and [...]


3 Thoughts About Your Culture

“If you do not develop your corporate culture it will develop itself.” – Monique Winston Last week in this space the idea was that if you’re unhappy with things that are going on in your [...]


Before You Start Planning…

“Culture eats strategy for breakfast.” – Peter Drucker As someone who gets paid to help organizations develop & implement strategy (among other things), I get lots of questions about the best [...]


Do We Really Want Innovation?

“Everybody believes in innovation until they see it. Then they think, ‘Oh no; that’ll never work. It’s too different.’“ – Nolan Bushnell If there is one word I hear more than any other as I visit [...]


What Value Do You Bring?

“Try not to become a man of success, but rather try to become a man of value.” – Albert Einstein We talk a lot on this blog about what kinds of things leaders should spend time doing, making the [...]