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Like it or not… Culture Matters


Like it or not… Culture Matters
So you think business culture doesn’t matter. You think it falls in the realm of “soft stuff” that the HR folks should handle. Perhaps you think it’s a passing fad, big in the 80’s and starting to show its trendy head again – and this too shall pass. Or maybe you are one of those who actually think culture matters, but figure you’ll focus on it when “things slow down around here.” Well, think again. Business culture matters. It can’t be delegated to the HR department; it is not a passing fad – and, as a business leader, you really can’t afford to wait to deal with it. It might very well be the single most important thing a leader can focus on to create and support sustainable bottom-line results.

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Like it or Not… Culture Matters – Employee Relations Journal


Like it or Not… Culture Matters – Employee Relations Journal
So you think business culture doesn’t matter. Perhaps you think it’s a passing fad, big in the 1980s and starting to show its trendy head again—and this too shall pass. Or maybe you are one of those who actually think culture matters, but you figure you’ll focus on it when “things slow down around here.” Well, business culture does matter, and as an assistant HR professional you really can’t afford to wait to deal with it. You must make a compelling case for top executives to take notice and focus on the true cost of having an operational culture that leaves people feeling dispirited, disenfranchised, and demotivated. It might be the most important thing you can do to support sustainable bottom-line results.

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Making the Merger Work – Handbook of Business Strategy


Making the Merger Work – Handbook  of Business Strategy
We are in the midst of the largest boom in merger activity in corporate history, and there is every indication that it’s only getting started. Each year sees new records set both in terms of the numbers of companies merging and the dollar values involved. Unrelenting pressures from technology, demographics, competition and an increasingly boundary-less marketplace are making it impossible for executives in any industry to ignore the push for growth through consolidation.

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Establishing a Thriving Data Analytics Practice Is a Journey


Establishing a Thriving Data Analytics Practice Is a Journey
Across business and industry sectors, data analytics is a hot topic. The advantages of becoming a data-driven organization are both exciting and scary—exciting given the potential to delight customers while garnering insights about how to manage the business more effectively and scary in thinking about how your firm’s data analytics capabilities stack up against the competition. Deploying data analytics across a business organization is not a project but a journey, best navigated in partnership between the Chief Executive Officer and Chief Data & Analytics Officer (CDO). In this Q&A, John Janclaes and Juan Gorricho share insights from their work together at Partners Federal Credit Union and offer lessons learned, positive and negative, during the credit union’s four-year (and counting) trek to cultivate a thriving data analytics practice.

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Leadership Arc


Leadership Arc
If you search the word “leadership” for books on Amazon, you will be presented with more than 191,000 choices. By any measure, that’s a lot of reading. Who’s buying all these books, and what’s the big deal? Why should we care about this stuff?

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Off My Soapbox


Off My Soapbox
I stood in front of the classroom at the Center for Creative Leadership for some 10 years, lecturing to US and international organizational leaders on the impacts of regular exercise and healthy nutrition for improved leadership capabilities.

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Journaling Can Help Soak up Opportunities


Journaling Can Help Soak up Opportunities
Even the most typical of days overflows with prospects and possibilities—people to meet and follow up with, ideas to consider, resources to track down, and places to go. Journaling can be a helpful tool to soak up the day and capture all the ideas, insights, relationships, and next steps that might otherwise swirl down the drain of an overtaxed memory. Read More

Effective Delegation


Effective Delegation
Good leaders, managers, and supervisors know that followers need a clear picture of their expectations. Great leaders help their followers gain clarity in understanding the big-picture from understanding the goal to role clarification and beyond.

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