Tag Archives: Culture

Your culture is your brand

A decade ago business culture was safe from public scrutiny. Unless you ran a service business with millions of customers, what went on in your own corridors stayed there.  Thousands of silent triumphs and defeats, assassinations and coups, benevolences and … Continue reading

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Fear inhibits growth

Last week I caught up with an old friend who leads a financial PR business in China. We fell to reminiscing about corporate life in multinationals, and it didn’t take long for the old discontent to resurface (he’s still harness, … Continue reading

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Are you CEO material?

It’s never too soon to begin thinking about the future of your career, especially if you intend to lead a business one day. But surprisingly few people take time to consider the skills they will need when they become the … Continue reading

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Control is the enemy of culture

When I worked in advertising, cleverer people than I were preoccupied with setting higher aspirations for our global company. One genius came up with the line’ good is the enemy of great.’ By which he meant that we who were … Continue reading

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Workplaces often don’t work

Last week I read that the glamorous Apple head office (Apple Park in Cupertino, California) has an unusual Health & Safety issue. The futuristic circular space – designed to encourage openness and collaboration – is largely made of glass.  But … Continue reading

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Long service redefined

A good friend, whose business has been successful for more than two decades, admits one defeat. He has no member of staff with more than 8 years’ service. Is he a monster or a slave driver? No, he’s an urbane … Continue reading

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Stop hiring on gut

Human Resource professionals should always be on the lookout for opportunities to add commercial value to their organisations. For far too long, CEO’s, unwilling to get to grips with the face-to-face reality of managing staff issues, have delegated far too … Continue reading

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Employees need to fit your culture

Amid the general wailing and gnashing of teeth that surrounds the Millennial discussion, one occasionally happens upon something sensible. I’ve been reading about how the online entertainment brand Netflix sets expectations for employee contribution. It’s surprisingly hard line; and contains … Continue reading

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Diversity can produce dividends.

Recently I was with a large group of staff discussing the positive aspects of their work culture. They were emphatic about one thing: ‘We are a very diverse group.’ Indeed, there were men and women, old and young, Asian and … Continue reading

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Manage Millennials for success.

We’re continuing to examine the current culture clash in the workplace. Over the past 2 weeks we’ve indulged the Millennial point of view and given the employers’ perspective. This week I want to suggest three simple actions that you as … Continue reading

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