organizational identity

Reader Favorite: Your Core Values Might Accidentally Suck

First, Merry Christmas to you and yours! Over the next week, we’re going to take a quick trip down memory lane and check out the posts you guys read and shared the most. So sit back, grab some coffee, and enjoy the year’s best Mojo according to you, my esteemed readers. I don’t mean to be unkind, but sadly, it’s true in many cases. Many well-intentioned folks–executives, managers, consultants, and so on–craft core values that end up being almost entirely meaningless [read more...]

What Socrates Would Say to Your Organization

I’m about to kill my own little consulting practice with two words. I’m going to spare you the time, effort, and cash commitment connected with contracting a consultant to help your company clarify and cultivate its culture. In the interest of full disclosure, and in an effort to avoid plagiarism, it should be noted that the two words didn’t originate with me. My source? Socrates. (Or So-crates, for you Bill and Ted fans.) Now word on the street is that Socrates was a smart fellow. If [read more...]

Halloween, Clowns, & Organizational Identity

Halloween is cool. For the most part, anyway. Seems to be a fun thing for kiddos (unless, of course, you grew up Baptist, in which case “Fall Festival” was a fun thing for kiddos). But regardless of what you called or call that thing where kids dress up in costumes and get candy, it seems to be a pretty good time. For me, the scary part every year, and really whether it’s Halloween or not, is the clowns. I’m one of those weird people who thinks clowns are creepy all year [read more...]

Fight Fear

Don’t let fear determine your fate. A popular song right now has a similar line in it, and every time I hear it I find myself nodding in agreement, both from an organizational and individual perspective. Fear drives a lot of human behavior. PTP New Media’s James Robert Lay and I have discussed this on more than one occasion. Heck–fear drives organizational behavior too, for that matter. What if no one buys our new widget? What if we don’t generate enough revenue to [read more...]
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