Science defines culture as “the cultivation of bacteria, tissue cells, etc., in an artificial medium containing nutrients.” The same principle applies to business. Culture is the cultivation of the human beliefs swirling and growing in the petri dish labeled: your organization.
When you know what’s important to you, it’s a lot easier to organize the good stuff, and part with the useless junk.
Giving away meaningless trophies doesn’t inspire anyone to new heights of improved performance. Nor does it build self-esteem.
Here’s the noble purpose reframe: Provide real value to your customers, whether you make widgets or water pumps, your job is to improve your customer’s condition. When you make money, and you will because organizations with noble purpose outperform the market, give a portion of your profit to charity.
You don’t get a work life and a home life. You get one life. Don’t waste it trying to achieve balance.
For many years, I worked for a crazy person. Her name is Lisa, and for a decade she was the worst boss I ever had. I confess; I’m recovering overbooked entrepreneur, the terrible boss was me.
The next time you want to make a point, consider using a story. And if you need some extra exaggeration, to make it more interesting, you can borrow some from my family.
Ideas, even good ones, will fail. Companies will be purchased, and sold. Relationships will change. There are two choices, you can wish for what was. Or you can reinvent yourself to deal with what is.
If we continue to reward test scores, we’ll continue to get cheating. But if we decide that we, the American people care passionately about learning, we’ll create a system that inspires our students and teachers to feel the same way.
My friend who is a divorce lawyer says, “Most marriage failures are not the result of infidelity, substance abuse or in-laws. Most marriage failures are the result of selfishness.”
Which circles us back to the leadership question of the day – do you have a noble purpose? Or do you just sell stuff?
Success or failure is never one thing; it’s lots of things.
Life is short. Meaningful human interaction is an excellent way to spend our limited time on this earth.
World travel enlarges people. It’s a big wide world, the more you see of it, the more you appreciate it.
We humans have cast our lot together. Trusting each other is the only way we’re going to get anything done.