leadership

Employee Experience Comes First

There should be no doubt: companies must recognize that employees come first.

I had a great time talking about this and many other topics when I joined Mary Drumond and James Conrad with Worthix for their Voices of Customer Experience podcast.

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Marketplaces, Platforms, Ecosystems, and You

If you ever read my blog you know that Sameer Patel (CEO of Kahuna) is a good friend and someone who challenges me from time to time on how to explain things.
 
No, I won’t be doing any more one-page summary of complicated topics, sorry.
 
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Corporate Culture and the Bottom Line

Is there a linkage between corporate culture and the bottom line?
 
In a nutshell... yes. Corporate culture is linked to so many business decisions and business outcomes. You might be surprised!
 
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A Fish Rots from the Head Down

A fish rots from the head down - and so does your culture.
 
What does "a fish rots from the head down" mean? It means that the problem starts at the top, that the problems, failures, issues, toxicity, etc. in your organization - or any organization - start with the leadership team.
 
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Do Leaders Really Care About Their Employees?

Does your CEO - and your entire leadership team - really care about their employees? 
 
I had another blog post in the hopper for this week, but when this article came across my desk, followed by a phone conversation with Bob Chapman, I knew I needed to write something different, something that is top of mind for me now - and often - as I work with my clients.
 
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CX Journey™ Musings: Culture - The Soul of the Organization

In business, your culture is the soul of the organization.

The soul is the essence or the moral force of a person, their emotional or intellectual energy. It's the part of you that consists of your mind, character, thoughts, beliefs, and feelings.

Translate that to your company, and it becomes a good proxy definition for culture. The culture embodies the soul of the organization. As I mentioned in a previous post, we know that Culture = Values + Behavior. Core values are the fundamental beliefs of an organization. Further clarified, they become guiding principles, which dictate behaviors and can help people understand the difference between right and wrong. 

The only thing we have is one another. The only competitive advantage we have is the culture and values of the company. Anyone can open up a coffee store. We have no technology. We have no patent. All we have is the relationship around the values of the company and what we bring to the customer every day. And we all have to own it.” -Howard Schultz 

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We Have a Crisis in Leadership

Why is employee engagement at an all-time low? Why is turnover as high as it is? Why are employees constantly looking for better opportunities?

When you think about those questions, combined with what I wrote in my post on Employee Engagement: A Confluence of Passion and Purpose...

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The Unsung Art of Followership

“When I grow up, I want to be a follower,” said no one.  No kid aspires to follow others.  No employee says his best quality is being a follower.  No MBA student signs up for followership classes (and not just because business schools don’t offer them.)  Being a leader is what counts these days.  Leadership is rewarded.  Leaders are glorified.  A leadership role is the ultimate goal.  A Google search for leadership produces 353,000,000 results.   Followership?  9,100,000 — less than 3%.  And yet, a leader needs followers; a good le

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Purposeful Leadership

In today’s cluttered, uber-competitive, over-retailed, choice-overload world, your brand must have an clear, meaningful reason for being.  You need to play an invaluable, irreplaceable role in people’s lives.  Hope you enjoy is a collection of my resources on brand purpose and purposeful leadership.

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The Three Levels of Leadership

I have been mentoring leaders for decades, from the very young high potentials to far more seasoned individuals. Regardless of age or experience, there are always certain questions that are top of mind in my approach, like whether they are trainable or have the courage to be a leader and not only a manager. Being a manager is relatively easy; being a leader is hard. It means that you cannot please everybody. It means you have to balance between different interests. It means you have to stand up against the forces that could make your organization mediocre.

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