Category: Culture Is Strategic

Invest in Strength Rather Than Work on Weakness

For your business, do you believe it is more important to spend more time on your challenges or your opportunities?  Similarly, do you believe that you should invest in your strengths or work on your weaknesses? The answer, of course, depends.  If the challenge in… Continue reading

Know Thyself Helps You Manage Yourself by Peter Drucker

“Managing Oneself”, as written by Peter Drucker, may be a modern business addition to the foundation of “Know thyself,” the famous saying from the Greek Temple of Apollo at Delphi, and “To thine own self be true” in Shakespeare’s Hamlet (although this phrase’s speaker in… Continue reading

Great Business Partners Give You Keys to Success

Business grows through partnerships — sometimes just for a brief transaction and sometimes for life.  Despite the false cliche that “nice guys finish last,” my experience has been that being able to forge good partnerships forges keys to long-term success.  This is because very little… Continue reading

Best Way of Giving Thanks — Make It Personal

Giving thanks — and the power of making it personal — came across clearly in a recent article in Fortune magazine about Yum Brands.  They don’t allow managers just to give plaques or gifts — everything must have a personal note on it, or along… Continue reading

Company Culture Like Fine Wine or Great Coffee

Company culture gets crafted over time by thousands of small decisions, and a few large ones. Yes, the big decisions about the vineyard or varietal takes spectacular time. But I was struck by how many small decisions like the shape of wood barrel, the wood… Continue reading

Phantom Stock, Shadow Stock, or Virtual Stock — Employee Ownership (a series)

An employee who “thinks like an owner” is the Holy Grail — having employees for owners — as we have discussed in other posts.  Therefore, I have been writing a series of posts about tools that owners can use to assist employees to think like… Continue reading

Unique Businesses Are A Force For Good

The best businesses are not just about making money.  It is necessary to make money to stay in business, but it is not sufficient for the business to be worth your time.  That is why the strongest businesses, in my opinion, are the ones that… Continue reading

Restricted Stock Good Alternative to Stock Options — Employee Ownership (a series)

Providing employees an opportunity to have ownership in your company can be a great tool to get alignment with the employees.  Restricted stock is one other tool to reach the Holy Grail of having employees who think like owners [December 9, 2012].  As I wrote… Continue reading

Quest for the Holy Grail of Employees Who Think Like Owners — Employee Ownership (a series)

When a company owner says an employee “thinks like an owner”, the phrase is conveying an extremely high sense of appreciation and gratitude.  Employees like that are the Holy Grail for owners.   Not that all thinking by owners is holy, far from it :),… Continue reading

Great Business Leader I Know — Roger Williams At A Non-Profit

A story well told.  An organization well led.  For me, these are two of the most inspirational things in life.  I found a wonderful leader in an organization I never would have expected to find such a person, a national accrediting agency for vocational and… Continue reading