Jun 2013

Stanley McChrystal: Leadership is a Choice

“Leadership is not a talent or a gift. It’s a choice. It’s not complex, but it’s very hard.”, General Stanley McChrystal explains to a packed auditorium of 600 at the Stanford Graduate School of Business. McChrystal shares his perspective on leadership and influence discussing the importance of understanding culture, leading by example, building trust, and creating a common goal within a team.

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Jun 2013

Improving Your Bottom Line with an Authentic Corporate Culture

Improving Your Bottom Line with an Authentic Corporate Culture – PayScale Career News

Tess C. Taylor, PHR, PayScale May 28, 2013
Developing an Authentic Corporate Culture in a Changing World Social networks, business reviews, and industry associations have created total transparency in the corporate world, making it more important than ever before to have a great corporate culture. There’s no “faking it” anymore. In order to rise to the top, every business needs to focus on its own corporate culture as a way to leverage the business and improve the bottom line. Creating a more authentic corporate culture, based on community values and business ethics, is a good start.
How Corporate Culture Influences Business Productivity Why would a company spend so much time concerned with developing a positive corporate culture? One of the biggest advantages of having a corporate culture that is authentic and positive is an increased ability to attract the best candidates to your doors. These are the top performance candidates that your business needs to stay ahead in a competitive market. According to Dan Schawbel, the managing partner of Millennial Branding, “If you have a strong culture, people will not only want to work for you, but they won’t want to work for anyone else so it’s well worth the investment of money and time.”
Having a real corporate culture that is positive and productive means the business can perform at higher levels, based on the quality and strength of your employee population. The culture of your organization is based on a collective effort, shared by your team and this influences the way they interact with each other and the outside world. When done well, this improves team cohesiveness, facilitates leadership, and encourages motivation. A corporate culture aligns the entire company with its unique values and goals. All of these factors combined make for enhanced loyalty and productivity from all employees who are actively engaged in the corporate culture. Elements of a Successful Corporate Culture
There are several elements of a corporate culture that is authentic and productive. These are the factors that forge the uniqueness of your business, and make it a great place to work and innovate.

Shared values and vision for the company – In order to be effective, a corporate culture must be designed around a common vision for the company. This is the foundational building block of a successful culture; one that is based on the values of the company.

Standards of work and performance – As part of the business culture, having certain policies concerning daily work standards helps to increase productivity. This requires buy in from the leaders of the company, with continual reinforcement of the cultural norms.

Employee management and development – Recruitment and employee development efforts should be aligned with the corporate culture if it’s ever to be successful. From the moment that candidates encounter the business to the onboarding, training and experience of each employee, this corporate culture is a big part of what makes people stick around.

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