Category: Culture Is Strategic

Anti-Shark Culture as Strategy at Harvard Business School

Few organizations are as effective at establishing a culture as the Harvard Business School — and it is very deliberate, intentional, and no accident.  I am back at Harvard Business School today and being here reminds me of the strategy and hard work the school… Continue reading

Company Culture Key to Growing A Business

Every day in a small business I know, 100,000 interactions happen among employees, customers, and external parties — the only way I know to align all of those interactions is through a strong company culture.  So, company culture is key to growing a business and… Continue reading

Learning Business Lessons: Business as a Dojo Space

Business Lessons Life and business lessons can be gleaned from all directions when managing and owning a business.  This idea was captured for me when a long-time employee of the National Holistic Institute said, “NHI is everybody’s dojo — or a space where we learn… Continue reading

Congratulations to Appointment Plus, National Holistic Institute, & Main Street Gourmet for Recent Awards

A Rewarding Week: The last week has been a big one for awards at companies affiliated with my investment partnership, Greybull Stewardship.  We are focused on investing in existing businesses with $1 to $3 million in net income that want a stable co-owner (minority or… Continue reading

How much of a competitive advantage is employee longevity?

Labor Day Weekend Reading: On this Labor Day weekend, I read two articles that prompted me to think about employee longevity and how much of a competitive advantage it may be.  Interestingly, both were articles about Berkshire Hathaway companies, See’s Candies in Fortune and the Nebraska Furniture Mart… Continue reading

Enemies of Effective Company Cultures — Ideas from James Heskett

Effective Company Cultures are Vital Building effective company cultures are vital, particularly in success over a long-term and in the creation of  longstanding, defensible moats of competitive advantage.  I enjoy writing about company cultures because they are so important to a company’s success, but also… Continue reading

Is It Better to Make Employees Fit Roles or Roles Fit Employees?

Employee Role Playing Over a grill this past weekend, a debate arose among friends about whether it is better to help employees change to fit the role you envision for them, or change their role to fit their strengths.  The VP of Sales in a… Continue reading

Company Culture a Superman-Strong Competitive Advantage

In a very difficult environment for small vocational schools recently, the National Holistic Institute, one of the best massage schools in the country where I am a co-owner, is surviving and thriving.  A key reason behind the organization’s success is its unique, palpable company culture… Continue reading

Real Leadership Lessons of Steve Jobs – Harvard Business Review

In this month’s issue of the Harvard Business Review, there is a nice article by Walter Isaacson titled The Real Leadership Lessons of Steve Jobs that is worth reading.   As you know, Walter Isaacson is the author of the recent biography titled Steve Jobs and he provides… Continue reading

Competitive Advantage, Company Culture, and Simon Sinek

Competitive Advantage as Company Culture A powerful competitive advantage, even though it is intangible, can be built through a unique company culture.  I have seen it in action, and it is powerful.  It works particularly well today because many people prefer to work at a company and make purchases… Continue reading