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[NEW WHITE PAPER!] Introducing the Human Workplaces Culture Management Maturity Model

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We are excited to officially release our newest white paper: The New Work of Culture: A Maturity Model for Managing Workplace Culture and Unlocking Human Potential Maddie and I are always trying to push the envelope when it comes to culture.

Is Culture The Ticket To HR's Seat At The Table?

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This article was written by Jamie Notter for - the original can be found here. From what I've seen, human resources has been clamoring for a seat at the table for decades.

Introducing a Maturity Model for Culture Management

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Just a few decades ago, workplace culture was stuck in the background in management circles—it was either ignored, or treated as a “nice-to-have” feature.

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Analyzing Culture Patterns in Mergers and Acquisitions

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When you have a complete set of culture data set from both organizations in a merger, you will be able to see—in advance—where the potential areas of friction will be. Consider the issue of collaboration.

Compliance Continuity: Monthly Guidance to Sustain Your Organization's Wellbeing

Natural disasters can result in evacuations, work stoppages, and other disruptions for your employees. With advanced planning, employee benefits can help sustain the overall wellbeing of your workforce before, during, and after a natural disaster.

The Connection Between High Valyrian and Workplace Culture

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I watched a TED talk the other day given by a linguist who was talking about the value of learning a foreign language , including a language that he created, High Valyrian, for the TV show, Game of Thrones.

It's Time for a Culture Management Maturity Model

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If You Want Change Agents, Then Understand "Agency"

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If you boil it all down there is a simple truth that applies to every organization: As you move through life, your organization will need to change, and that means people will need to change behaviors, and that will require internal “change agents.”

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Catch Me Speaking Here in DC

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With all the speaking I do, it’s actually rare for me to be doing three appearances here in the DC area over a two week period, but that’s about to happen! On Thursday, June 6, I’m doing a session for a group of COOs who are part of a forum organized by CEO Update.

Culture Change Won't Work If It's Invisible

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In my previous post , I made the point that culture change is not always a big, dramatic, new program that is announced with much fanfare.


Implementing Technology in TA for the Win: An Agile Approach

Speaker: Denise Dresler, Director of Talent Acquisition, Avature

What was once traditionally used only in the software industry is making its way to the recruiting and talent acquisition space: agile methodologies. Join Denise Dresler, Talent Acquisition Director at Avature, where she will be discussing how to take this nontraditional approach of agile talent acquisition and effectively incorporate it into your hiring processes.

Getting Past the Lip Service around "Human" Workplaces

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(Part of the Culture 401 series. The last one is here ). I can’t believe that it’s been EIGHT years since Maddie and I wrote our first book, Humanize.

I Know Why Your Big Decisions Are Going to Fail

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Think about the biggest decisions your organization makes: Key strategic moves/investments Hiring a significant number of new staff Moving/redesigning office space “Digital transformation” (translation: switching/deploying major tech platforms).

Does Everyone on Your Team Define Collaboration the Same Way?

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A few years ago, Maddie and I did some work with a senior leadership team, and one of the key issues they wanted to address was collaboration (at the senior team level).

Increasing Engagement Does NOT Improve Your Culture

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I think a lot of people focus on improving employee engagement because they want to create a strong culture. Think about it: if you’re “average” (according to Gallup research), only 34% of your employees are highly engaged.

Why (and How) to Switch to a New HR & Payroll Platform

Not all HR & payroll is the same, but it can look pretty similar. If your current platform isn’t meeting your needs, let us walk you through how to differentiate between providers and give you some tips on how to select a platform that works best for your business.

Managing Sub-Cultures

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One of the paradoxes of culture is that they are simultaneously centralized and decentralized. That is, while there should be a consistent, singular culture in your organization, you will also invariably have different subcultures that emerge.

Creating an Organization That No One Would Ever Want to Leave

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I was talking to a small company in upstate New York yesterday about possible culture work, and in the course of the conversation, the prospect stated what I think sums up the fundamental desire of leaders who are now turning their attention to culture.

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I can't make you love me: the truth about employee engagement

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There are a lot of definitions of employee engagement out there, and they’re all missing the mark. It’s not that they are inaccurate—it’s that the way we define engagement is making it harder, ironically, for us to solve the problem of disengagement.

The Hidden Cost of Culture Friction

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I was on a call last week with Paula, our new SVP of Business Development , and we were talking to a possible client in Texas. During the conversation, the senior executive on the call asked us a fair and important question: Why should we invest in culture work?

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Wage Growth: The Last Employer Holdout to Attract Candidates

You get a job perk! And You get a job perk! Everyone gets job perks! While these perks may have helped get that stellar candidate’s foot in the door, this dynamic of severely low unemployment combined with a historically high job open rate continues with no immediate end in sight. Employers will do well to zero in on one lever many have been avoiding pulling: the almighty salary increase.

[NEW!!] Discover Your Team's Culture

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We have developed an awesome workshop for individual teams to help them analyze and discuss workplace culture at the team level. In our work with organizations, we have seen how culture patterns that lie just below the surface can cause friction and mess with success.

You Won't Improve Engagement with Slide Decks

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One of the biggest problems with our current approach to employee engagement is our never-ending focus on pain points. All engagement surveys seek to draw out pain points—the questions that have the highest percentage of “unfavorable” responses are the ones we focus on.

How Do You Know If You're Doing Culture Right?

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In pretty much every part of our organizations, we build in a component of evaluation. We run programs, and then we ask participants what they think. We hire employees, and we ask managers to rate their performance annually.

Digital Transformation Is Not What You Think It Is

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This article was written by Jamie Notter for - the original can be found here. You know a term has hit buzzword status when nearly every article about that topic begins by claiming a) it’s really very important and b) it’s not just a buzzword.

5 Culture Trends for 2019

As we approach 2019, major shifts in the work environment will continue to affect the ways companies do business. Companies that are looking to attract, engage, and retain top talent should leverage these trends to create workplaces where employees thrive.

How Does Your Culture Foster Connection?

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(Part of the Culture 401 series. The last one is here ). One of the fundamental tenets of traditional, 20th-century management is the division of labor. While the concept goes back much farther, division of labor was critical to the “revolution” part of the industrial revolution.

Digging into culture from the inside out

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When we do our Culture Design work, we’re taking an “outside-in” approach. We identify the broad culture patterns for the organization as a whole, and then use those insights to make targeted changes to processes or structures to better align the culture with success.

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Do you have a culture team?

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One of the key (and simplest) ways to ensure that your culture is something you can continuously manage and improve (which you should, btw, otherwise your culture will decay over time despite all the work you might have put into it) is to set up a cross-functional culture team.

Data maturity through 3 lenses - strategic, operational and cultural

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I don’t do as much speaking as I used to, but when I say yes it’s to the really awesome conferences that have a different take on things.

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Insight into Attracting and Retaining Top Talent

Discover how more than 4,100 employers are addressing benefits and workforce challenges, and how you can take competitive action to attract and retain talent, boost employee engagement, and promote organizational wellbeing.

Knowledge Economy? Sure. What about "The Collaboration Economy?"

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Gig economy. App economy. Knowledge economy. Sharing economy. On-demand economy. Entrepreneurial economy. We call this era a lot of things. How about the "Team Collaboration Economy?" Here's why!

How should you even define "culture?"

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From here: Culture has been a real focus for many years. I think organizations are realizing that, while we describe culture a lot of different ways, it really boils down to the nature of the relationships between the people in the organization. Let's dive deep on this for a second or two.

How Much Is Culture Friction Costing You?

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This article was written by Jamie Notter for - the original can be found here. In the business literature, we tend to favor the extremes.

Here would be an idea: Stop promoting a s

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Emma Seppalla , a PhD over at Stanford (she's the Director of their Compassion Center), is also the author of an upcoming book, The Happiness Track. Today, she took to Harvard Business Review to write another in the increasing line of "Hey, this is why all this culture stuff really matters!"

The CFO Playbook: 10 Metrics to Transform Your HR Team

CFOs are losing faith in HR’s ability to solve problems with data. Discover the metrics your HR team needs to measure to become more data-driven.

Culture Tools Primer

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This post is an excerpt from The Non-Obvious Guide to Employee Engagement. It discusses a variety of what we call “culture tools” - technologies, software, services and providers that can help move the needle when you’re starting to implement culture plays.

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