Who owns company culture? Leadership does!

Every company has a culture. Whether it is explicit or implicit, a culture exists. The question is, who owns the culture? Let’s get straight to the point. Leadership owns the company culture. Full stop. End of story. Creating and maintain a company culture is a top down activity. Founders, owners, partners, the C-suite, Executive Teams…whoever…

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The Mexican Fisherman and the American Investment Banker

Last week I met a former colleague of mine at a local coffee shop where we were catching up on life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. It was a rather enlightening conversation, one that I was not expecting. Three years ago my friend Elizabeth made a decision to leave the rat race of corporate…

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IT’S NOT YOU, IT’S ME

If you were a fan of the TV series Seinfeld you will remember the scene where a woman was breaking up with George Costanza. During that conversation the line “it’s not you, it’s me” was born. This line was an instant classic. It was repeated throughout school hallways, offices boardrooms and in family homes. It…

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Blame Blame go away…

These days blame, specifically blaming others for our “misfortunes”, seems to be a natural and convenient approach to life. I am not sure if there is a correlation with the epidemic of blame and the modern day narcissism of social media but golly geez, when did people become so self-entitled that they believe it is…

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Life would be easier if everyone thought like me!

The VP of Marketing was getting frustrated and interrupted the VP of Finance to say “and how do you expect my brain to think that way?” The VP of Finance was taken aback and confused as he responded “doesn’t everyone think this way?” It was a classic case of assumption. We assume everyone sees the…

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AUTHORITY ISN’T LEADERSHIP

When I was younger I was taught to respect my elders and people of authority. Pretty sound advice. But hey, listen, I think respecting people in general is an overall good philosophy to uphold. Yet something always bothered me about this idea of “blind respect” that I should respect people not because how they are…

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