Culture Chat

And other musings on humanizing the workplace

You can't fix politics, but here's something positive you can do.

March 21, 2017
Maddie Grant

We believe very strongly that every person has the capacity to feel passion and purpose for their work, and every organization has the ability to define and authentically describe "what it's like here" in a way that will attract the people who belong in that place.  It matters for our sense of identity and place in the world. This is the work we are immersed in and we invite you to share in it.

The REAL Reason Why People Resist Change

March 19, 2017
Jamie Notter

We pretend like it's part of every human being's DNA to resist change, but that's not the real reason.

Your Perfect Culture Is Not Out There--It's In Here

March 5, 2017
Jamie Notter

I know you want a best practice; I know you want the formula for a "high performance" culture. And you can certainly learn a lot by looking outward, but the true power of the perfect culture for you can only be unlocked within.

Are You Paying Attention?

February 22, 2017

We preach the benefits of getting and staying intentional about culture. Getting intentional means - among other things - paying attention. We just learned something from a highly-successful marketing and branding firm about what paying attention can really look like. And we were stunned.

How Baby Boomers, Gen X and Millennials Differ at Work?

February 21, 2017
Maddie Grant

Tip o' the hat to Manila Recruitment for sending over this infographic, which is remarkably good compared to many we've seen about Millennials.

Did you know? You can use the Workplace Genome to understand how different generations experience your workplace.

Delivering on the Promise of Employee Engagement

February 19, 2017
Jamie Notter

We're spending a lot of money on employee engagement, but not getting a good return. I think I know why.

The Culture Chat Podcast: Startup Life and Workplace Culture

February 15, 2017
Maddie Grant

In this episode we chat with Jonathan Herrick, CSO/CMO, Co-Founder and Chief High-Fiver of Hatchbuck. Jonathan is passionate about building a Culture of Engagement, helping individual employees develop personal and professional strengths. He says that "in this environment, innovation blossoms, and customer expectations are exceeded, resulting in unprecedented company growth." We asked him, "How do you balance a focus on culture with the priorities of startup life?"

Applying Agile Software Development to Culture Work

February 12, 2017
Jamie Notter

The software world has learned that forcing a non-linear process into a linear planning and execution model is not the way to go. It's time that we applied that lesson to culture work.

The Antidote to Small Talk

February 1, 2017
Charlie Judy

Thomas Jefferson discovered the antidote to cocktail parties, small talk, and the otherwise meaningless business and professional networking formats we've been subjected to for decades. We experimented with his "novel" approach to see if we could reinfuse the true art of conversation into the world-of-work. It seems to have resonated.

The Right Kind of Grit May Not Be What You Think It Is

January 31, 2017
Maddie Grant

Our Culture Chat podcasts have sparked so much conversation that we're inviting our podcast interviewees to post a few thoughts following their podcast interview. Here's a follow up to our conversation with Caroline Miller, Author of Getting Grit: The Evidence-Based Approach to Cultivating Passion, Perseverance and Purpose.

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