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How to Create The Team Culture That Won Olympic Gold

When people talk about sports analogies in business, no one ever talks about crew teams. And the term that never gets talked about in great teams is “swing”.

79 years ago this week, an underdog US Crew Team astonished Hitler and the world by winning the 1936 Olympic Gold in Germany. This story of true teamwork is told in recent best-seller Boys in the Boat. In the book, “swing” is described this way:

“There is a thing that sometimes happens in rowing that is hard to achieve and hard to define. Many crews, even winning crews, never really find… Read the full article >

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Anonymous Employee Tip Lines are the Sign of a Broken Culture

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Having a place for employees to call when they have problems at home or are struggling with addiction is one thing. But when a company puts into place an employee anonymous tip line – to report abusive managers – things have gone too far.

I was quite surprised when I saw it first hand – an unhappy employee calls the tip line and reports a manager who is abusive. Just one anonymous call and the manager’s reputation is destroyed…. Read the full article >

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Forget Big Data. Trust Little People

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Data is important. And now the experts say Big Data is the answer to all our problems. But when trying to change a culture, a few little people are much more important.

Collecting data is critical to success

It is important to collect data to better understand a culture. It gives the team members a voice. No organizational culture change can be done without the members having had the opportunity to voice their opinions about what’s needed through a survey and/or… Read the full article >

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Why Managers Need BS Detectors…And How To Use Them To Change A Culture

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Managers pride themselves on being in the know. What the upcoming changes are going to be. Who is really behind the initiative. Who is moving up and who is moving out. Ironically, they are not in the know in the most important area of work life—what their employees really think.

Let’s get one thing straight. Your employees want to please you. They want you to like them and consider them for raises and promotions. Their livelihood depends on you.

As… Read the full article >

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