Monthly Archives: February 2013

Great Culture Isn’t About Ping-Pong

When Google was named “Best Place to Work” again by Fortune Magazine, no one was surprised. The company has a reputation for treating employees to everything from massages to free vending machines. They have a sexy brand. It’s thought of as a colorful, fun place to work. However, research revealed that, far and above everything else, Google employees most value and appreciate the trust they feel in their leadership. They rated the Google culture “great” not because of the fun perks, but because of open, real-time communication, an authentic mission and trustworthy management. (more…)

That Is So Last Century

Are you running a 21st century business with 20th century practices? According to a 2012 Towers-Watson Global Workforce Study, most business leaders are.

Moving into the 21st century isn’t just about implementing the newest technology. From our perspective, it’s also about becoming quantum. Literally, shifting from behavior based on Newtonian physics (classical mechanical physics based on Sir Isaac Newton’s laws of motion) to behavior based on quantum physics. Did you think you escaped science class when you opted for biz school?  Sorry about that. (more…)

SHARIN’ THE LOVE PAYS OFF

In the immortal words of Elvis Presley, “Thank you. Thank you very much.”

Do you believe thanking your co-workers or showing gratitude for their work is coddling them? Many studies find that appreciation is rarely shown in the workplace, according to a recent Wall Street Journal article. It’s not being expressed between managers and subordinates, or between co-workers. The fact that you receive a paycheck is often considered thanks enough.

A recent survey on gratitude funded by the John Templeton Foundation found that 74 percent of employees never or rarely express gratitude to their boss but are eager to have a boss who expresses it to them. If their boss were more grateful, 70 percent would feel better about themselves and 81 percent say they’d work harder. Even more interesting, 94 percent of women and 96 percent of men agree that a grateful boss is more likely to be successful. And yet, we don’t do it. (more…)