Culture Chat

And other musings on humanizing the workplace

Don't Be Afraid of Homework

Jamie Notter

Homework sounds like a drag, but it is a critical part of doing culture work--and of leadership in general, for that matter. So ask yourself, are you willing to do what it takes to be a leader?

Why Don't Your People Innovate More?

Jamie Notter

When we want things in our organizations (like innovation), we have to take a look beneath the surface to make sure we can deliver on our promises.

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

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

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

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.

Delivering on the Promise of Employee Engagement

Jamie Notter

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

Applying Agile Software Development to Culture Work

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.

Unlocking the Potential of Your Volunteer Culture

Jamie Notter

Imagine what associations could accomplish if they actually aligned their volunteer culture with what drives their success?

Having the Right Answer Is Not Enough

Jamie Notter

Coming up with good answers to our problems is important work, but when we ignore the cultural context, we run the risk of designing beautiful answers that fail to deliver results.

What Got You Here Won't Get You There

Jamie Notter

We are often blind to how attached we are to the methods that worked for us in the past. Organizations must see themselves more clearly in order to figure out where innovation will drive growth.

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