The problem with psychological safety

Problem?! How could psychological safety be a problem?! In the same way any tool can be used incorrectly, or even harmfully: when it’s misunderstood and mis-applied. Three examples. Is it a check-box / eye-roll item? Your employees know when a term is being used without substance behind it. And they’ll roll their eyes at any statement not backed up with action …

Where’s your “whole self”?

When I hear people talk about bringing the “whole self” to work, it raises some problematic questions. First off, where are we leaving the parts that don’t come with us? I mean, this is Halloween week, so I’m already primed to have some strange thoughts about ghosts and zombies (in fact, my LinkedIn Halloween post featured a zombie…). Okay. I …

Anyone remember martini lunches?

Remember the martini lunch? Or have I just dated myself? Mind you, I don’t actually like martinis. But back in the very, very early days of my career, I did participate in lunches at which everyone ordered a drink. Up until the pandemic, employees connected with each other in the office. They went to lunch together (generally without a martini), they …

Do you belong?

An in-depth study, primarily done through extensive analysis of Glassdoor reviews, indicates that a toxic culture is the main driver of the Great Resignation. (You can find the MIT Sloan Management Review article here, and an interview of Dr. Donald Sull and Charlie Sull, two of the article’s three authors, the study researchers, and co-founders of the company CultureX, on …

Five facts about organizational culture

Let’s just jump right in, shall we? Culture is a company asset Yet so many organizations treat it as an afterthought, at best. Here’s another fact for you: Culture is either by intent – or by default If you’re not intentional about what you want your culture to be, you’ll end up with whatever takes shape around the personalities of …