The Double-Edged Sword of the Open Door Policy

The open door policy poses a complex challenge in the world of corporate leadership, especially for CEOs. Although the intention is to foster an environment of transparency and accessibility, it frequently unintentionally allows for a steady stream of complaints and gossip.  This raises an important question: how should leaders handle this tricky dynamic?  A CEO […]

It’s Time to Retire These Common Workplace Terms – Lessons In Change Management

The gap between various employee categories has shown to be an ongoing issue in workplaces across the board.  The distinctions between hourly and salaried workers, blue collar and white collar, knowledge workers and non-knowledge workers, front line and office, field and corporate, and even online versus offline have been etched into our organizational vocabulary. It’s […]

It’s Time to Retire These Common Workplace Terms – Lessons In Change Management

The gap between various employee categories has shown to be an ongoing issue in workplaces across the board.  The distinctions between hourly and salaried workers, blue collar and white collar, knowledge workers and non-knowledge workers, front line and office, field and corporate, and even online versus offline have been etched into our organizational vocabulary. It’s […]

A Shocking Change to the Workforce: Insights from New Pew Research Report

The changing makeup of the American workforce is highlighted in yesterday’s Pew Research Center report, which focuses in particular on older workers (those 65 and older). Today, we’re diving into the report’s main conclusions and talking about how they affect workforce management, leadership, and corporate culture. The report draws attention to a troubling trend: young […]

What It’s Like to Work at a Company That Doesn’t Use Email

When new employees are onboarded at Toptal, a hypergrowth company with a staggering 40% annual growth rate and a workforce of 1200 employees, they’re told: email isn’t our thing. This company is redefining the rules of communication. Toptal has chosen to abandon email for internal communications, relying instead on the power of Slack and Zoom. In […]

One Simple Tool For Cascading Your Purpose

I want to dive into an inspiring initiative that caught my attention in the ever-evolving world of company culture. It concerns a Chief Human Resources Officer (CHRO) at a significant electronic company based in Japan, responsible for a 70,000-person workforce with a substantial US division. As you can imagine, the challenges of maintaining employee engagement […]

Unveiling the Trust Triangle: Building Authentic Company Cultures

Last week, I had the pleasure of attending the UKG Aspire event in Las Vegas, where I had the honor of delivering a keynote on the spotlight stage. It was a packed house, standing room only for 500 people in person and over 400 more tuning in online. The title of my presentation, “How to […]

Your Job Title Is Holding You Back

When we think about what we do, it’s natural to describe our work with our job titles. We say things like, “I’m the VP of Sales,” “I’m a receptionist,” or “I am a truck driver.” These titles serve as convenient labels for the tasks and activities we perform. However, your job title is holding you […]

Trust Over Surveillance: A Lesson from Dropbox’s CEO on Remote Work

As the world cautiously inches back towards in-person work, Dropbox’s CEO, Drew Houston, offers a fresh and unconventional perspective that challenges the prevailing norms of the corporate world. “I’d say, ‘your employees have options. They’re not resources to control,’” Houston told Fortune when asked about what message he had for CEOs who believed in return-to-office […]

Unpacking the Remote Work Premium: The Dollars and Sense of Working from Anywhere

Earning roughly $6000 without leaving your home sounds pretty good. Meet Emilie Bergstrom, a vibrant 28-year-old with a passion for making a difference. Just a few years ago, she was working the daily grind as a personal assistant in the bustling heart of New York City. Each day, she’d rush to the office, endure long […]

Coffee Badging May Be The Secret Driver To Unprecedented Employee Engagement

Let’s dive into an intriguing workplace phenomenon known as “Coffee Badging.” This trend is reshaping the traditional office attendance model, and it’s something every CEO and leader should be aware of. Bosses want people back in the office, but employees are finding a workaround—it’s called ‘coffee badging’ What is Coffee Badging? According to this recent […]

Why CEOs with No Values Are Winning

Did I get your attention? I’d like to challenge a commonly held belief in the world of corporate culture: the idea that corporate values matter. Pause right now and list out the values of your organization. I’ll wait. I want to propose a new perspective that might just change the game for your organization. Values: […]

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