Cultural Breakfast

Nobody knows for sure if management expert Peter Drucker ever really said “Culture eats strategy for breakfast,” but he certainly believed in the idea. Why? Because it’s very, very, very much true; no matter what strategy you think you are following, if the culture that emerges is contrary to it, then culture will win every […]

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We Are Different…Or Are We?

When leaders in Asian companies are comparing their working environment to Western firms, they often say, “We are different.” That is, the culture is different, the structures are different, the expectations are different…you get the idea. While there are certainly cultural differences between Asia and the West (and you really need to look at individual […]

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Collectively Speaking

The team’s visit to Japan last week yielded a number of interesting conversations in Tokyo, Osaka, and Kyoto. In addition to speaking with local business leaders and academics, we also had a chance to speak with some western MNC “top talent” professionals who were in Japan to visit their local office. Asking about the point […]

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Being Social

While there are still plenty of ways in which your employees work independently, in many cases you need them to contribute to each other’s work and leverage each other’s experience. A strong culture of mutual contribution helps your bottom line when you find that two people can do more together than either could do independently. […]

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Chickens vs Eggs

When you get the same question three times in one week, it makes you think. In a recent week we had three people, all from different industries, ask about using social media for collaboration. They all come from large regional or global companies and they are concerned that collaboration won’t happen without an effective electronic […]

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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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