Sometimes corporate culture manifests itself in a make-your-own-taco party in the office kitchenette. Sometimes you can see it when an outdated phone bank is converted into an on-site ice cream shop. And sometimes it’s on display when senior leaders pick up paintbrushes to turn formerly bland office walls into electric blue work spaces. These are examples of the “Culture Blitz” at work at Southwest Airlines Company, where a 40-year culture is still going strong and is further invigorated by traveling teams who volunteer every year to visit hundreds of employees to show their appreciation. And it’s infectious
A long article but full of delicious meat and potatoes. I recently was disturbed to see an article describing culture in the tech industry as being superficially attributed to having lunch provided, kegs of beer with meetings & a ping pong table in the common area.
Culture - particularly one steeped in providing depth of employee engagement initiatives and alignment with brand strategies - is so much more multi-faceted than non-cash pieces in a compensation program. I like pizza as much as the next person but I don't get up in the morning going "yayy" can't wait to get to work to get my free lunch. I learned a long time ago that man cannot live on pizza alone.
As an HR practitioner most of my career and across a variety of sectors, unfortunately I have seen the impacts - to an organization, tribe, and team - of having a week of Mondays.... On a positive note, there are many ways in which we can turn those Mondays into glorious "Saturdays" .... first step - start with awareness; second step is commitments (and follow through) to personal action. We can each in our own way change the charting of the calendars.
We are increasingly confronted by more and more content, and that is why many of us appreciate services that help us discover the gems. Google tackles the problem with advanced search algorithms, but we also rely on brands and publishers. Another solution, to the problem, is the role of the curator. Do you want to learn what curating is? Please watch the video.
Many companies and organizations use influencers to help them reach out to people. Curators are an interesting breed of influencers. However their full potential can only be understood and appreciated through the lens of their tribes. Tribes are groups of people gathering around strong passions or emotions like hiking, gardening or ABBA. Curators do not work in isolation, but in relation to the people that share their passions.
I was in a discussion with Olga Kravets, a netnographer, and she proposed that curators serve their tribe like dumpster divers. They dive into containers to rummage through heaps of garbage to find useful stuff that can be re-purposed. When they are done they bring forth their scavenged gifts to their tribe.
Something really interesting happens in the curation process, because stories don’t have intrinsic value. An unshared story is basically like rubbish, lying around without any value. Stories gain their meaning and value by sharing, but it’s not as simple as that. The curator imparts her own value, status and trust, upon the story.
Curators represent a new type of tribal leadership that operates bottom-up and peer to peer. As a member of a tribe, curators will always be more native and relevant than any outsiders will ever be. Within a tribe they are not only appreciated for leveraging their insider skills, but for sustaining and developing their culture.
Absolutely so connected with this article. The video describes our increasing love and fascination with rabbit holes and the role of curator in helping to navigate the mazes that are constructed from all these magical timewarped paths and tributaries.
Nothing can be more pleasurable (or more frustrating to ourselves and our loved ones around us) than to go into exploring a topic and come out so much wiser and stimulated - by new thoughts and ideas never before imagined - and yet somehow find that time that I thought had come to a standstill / stopped had somehow continued to march on in the "outside" world.... what a magical playland our minds can be!
Ditch the cubicle and take a look at some of the most fun, innovative office spaces in the United States. From Google’s slide to Airbnb’s tree house, these companies tackle the challenge of employee well-being and efficiency, with creative office...
Personally, 2013 is shaping up to be a big year for my clients and me. We’re looking heavily into various social media efforts. We know the future requires focus on inbound marketing, which is the art of getting customers to come to you.
Social media management will be a major part of business in the future.By the end of this post you’ll have an understanding of how to manage your social media efforts. Even if you are just getting started you should have an idea of how to continue to grow your social media so that you’ll be bringing in leads and sales in the future....
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Blurred Lines - to quote popular culture. Wonderful to see this update from Drucker's original teachings. It is true that it used to be an option and that management had a role as did leadership as well as the third sibling supervision. In today's economy, employee experiences are keys to what drives customer experiences and leadership is not a nice to have, it is a necessity.
Dan Pontefract's latest blog post about the state of Enterprise 2.0 - and the need for behavioural change in our organizations in the way we lead, learn and collaborate.
If we are to talk about the next generation of the enterprise — Enterprise 2.0 — then we must also discuss behaviour, culture, learning or leadership in concert with the premise of collaborative-based technologies.
the more ways that we can link the spread of employee disengagement and disenfranchisement to the performance of a company, the better chance we have of converting leaders who do not yet understand the power of the internal culture to drive sector / organizational growth. Employee engagement should be a cornerstone of the definition of "success" for all companies and, ergo, leaders!
Your workspace should be the place you can go to to get your creative juices flowing and be at your most productive. Too often, people are working in an uninspiring, lifeless environment that only stunts their creativity.
Do you realize just how much is changing right now? I promise you that it’s bigger than you think. And your role in this is also much grander than you know or believe. See, disruptive technology, social networks, new influencers, they’re leveling the media hierarchy.
Improvisation and experimentation can lead to big, breakthrough innovation. And innovation, fused with an agile, sophisticated approach to risk management, can create a powerful, value-driving partnership.
It used to be said that the only thing constant is change. However, these days we can add another - chaos. As we all experience it, it is good to adopt skills that will help us cope rather than set expectations to eliminate it.
A little while ago, one of Holland's largest banks presented me with a challenge. They wanted their new retail offices to convey an image of clarity and openness, using a large open space with multiple desks for serving clients.
Habing worked in some sonically challenged workspaces, including financial services, makes this article very interesting to me. Edith workspaces evolving, taking into consideration the STI just makes sense.