Making Babies. Or Not.

In most industrialized countries, the replacement birth rate is about 2.0 children per woman. In essence, that means that when the two parents die, they leave two kids behind to replace them. In lesser developed countries, the necessary replacement rate may be higher due to higher infant mortality rates, but generally speaking when we talk […]

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Culture Vultures

When you go looking for a new job (and no matter how much you enjoy your current role, you may get attracted to something else), this article from CIO offers some things you should consider to understand the culture of your potential new workplace. If you get into a new job and realize you don’t […]

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Newton Did Not Work in an Open Office

Isaac Newton did not sit in an open-air cubicle design, sharing documents in the cloud and participating in global group discussions on his iPad by Apple. Instead, he sat under a tree and looked at the clouds, and an apple fell on his head. Sometimes, knowledge workers need the solitude to think. We have a […]

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Recruiting for Cultural Fit

Creating the working environment you want can be a challenge. Whether you are trying to get people to be innovative or to stick with what has worked before; create a collaborative workforce or one filled with strong individual rock stars; or, expand into new markets vs becoming the top company in a single market, you […]

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Blanket Parties

Far be it from me to advocate violence in the workplace. But… There was a time when it was not uncommon in the US military (in fact, it probably was not uncommon in the Roman legions 2000 years ago) to have a blanket party. Generally speaking, it was employed when a member of a unit […]

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Strategy – Structure – Culture

I hear a lot of business leaders, especially at small companies, say they are going to introduce one new thing and, in doing so, change the culture. Whether it’s an instant messaging system for collaboration, putting everyone in an open space rather than offices or cubicles, or adding a slide to get from the second […]

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Culture Clash

A strong organizational culture can greatly enhance productivity and the overall business value of your workforce. Why? Because culture represents commonly understood values and priorities and expected behaviors, and when those are clear to everyone, then everything can move much more smoothly. Removing uncertainty makes it easier for value-adding behavior to occur, because people have […]

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Culture May Be the Culprit

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This weekend, Joseph Schooling became the first Singaporean to win an Olympic gold medal when he beat Michael Phelps and 6 other swimmers from around the world. It was a huge moment for Singapore, which pretty much ceased all other activity for the 50.39 seconds that Mr Schooling was racing through the water. The nation’s […]

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