Author Archive | S. Chris Edmonds

Culture Leadership Charge – What Inspires and Sustains You?

In a recent online conversation, friends around the globe discussed the “civil service” foundation of political office. In virtually every country on the planet, politicians do not behave civilly nor do they act consistently in service to others.

Civil service is in short supply today – in politics, in homes, in communities, and in workplaces.

The discussion led me to this question: What inspires and sustains you? The longer I’m on this planet, the more I‘m drawn to service and grace.

In my 15 year career as a non-profit executive, I experienced some OK bosses, some really bad bosses, and a few really great bosses. I studied my great bosses and examined their purpose, their values, their passions, and their coaching to discover their secrets.

What I found was – at their core – my great bosses were inspired and sustained by service and grace. Some were serious, some were funny, some were loud, some were quiet – but each of them, men and women, were driven by being kind and of service, every day.

In today’s three-minute episode of my Culture Leadership Charge video series, I explain how “civil service” is within our reach and offer tips so you can embrace kindly serving others.

My Culture Leadership Charge series features short (two-to-three-minute) videos that describe proven culture leadership and servant leadership practices that boost engagement, service, and results across your work teams, departments, regions, and even your entire company.

Each episode’s “charge” is a challenge for everyone in your organization – not just leaders – to refine their behaviors and ensure everyone is treated respectfully at all times.

You’ll find my Culture Leadership Charge episodes and more on my YouTube channel. If you like what you see, please subscribe!

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To what degree are your bosses of service and of grace in every interaction? How do you prompt yourself to serve others gracefully each day? Share your insights on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn.


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The music heard on Chris’ podcasts is from one of his songs, “Heartfelt,” copyright © 2005-2017 Chris Edmonds Music (ASCAP). He played all instruments, recorded all tracks, and mastered the final product for your listening pleasure.

Disclosure of Material Connection: Some of the links in the post above are “affiliate links.” This means if you click on the link and purchase the item, Chris will receive an affiliate commission. Regardless, Chris only recommend products or services he uses personally and believes will add value to his readers. Chris is disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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Culture Leadership Charge – A Fresh Start

2018 can be our best year ever – or it can be a year of mediocrity and regret.

Our world is not a beacon of caring and kindness today. Praise and encouragement is in short supply – not only in our workplaces but in our homes and communities.

People do a lot of things right. Validating others’ efforts and accomplishments costs us a few words and a few minutes – and makes a tremendous positive impact on others.

Demeaning, discounting, and dismissing others does not build a strong community nor does it boost trust and respect among our fellow humans.

Each of us has the opportunity for a fresh start, right now. This opportunity doesn’t just come around once a year – it comes around every day. How are you going to take advantage of this opportunity?

In today’s three-minute episode of my Culture Leadership Charge video series, I offer three proven steps for increasing your kind service to others. In minutes a day, you can help others feel valued and validated.

My Culture Leadership Charge series features short (two-to-three-minute) videos that describe proven culture leadership and servant leadership practices that boost engagement, service, and results across your work teams, departments, regions, and even your entire company.

Each episode’s “charge” is a challenge for everyone in your organization – not just leaders – to refine their behaviors and ensure everyone is treated respectfully at all times.

You’ll find my Culture Leadership Charge episodes and more on my YouTube channel. If you like what you see, please subscribe!

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What will you do today to make a fresh start on the path of service and grace to others? Share your insights on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn.


Subscribe to Chris’ twice a month updates! Text VALUES to 66866 or head here.


Chris’ new “Culture Leadership Charge” series and the rest of his video clips can be found on YouTube. Subscribe to Chris’ YouTube channel.


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itunes_subscribeListen to or subscribe to over 300 of Chris’ Culture Leadership Podcasts on iTunes.


The music heard on Chris’ podcasts is from one of his songs, “Heartfelt,” copyright © 2005-2017 Chris Edmonds Music (ASCAP). He played all instruments, recorded all tracks, and mastered the final product for your listening pleasure.

Disclosure of Material Connection: Some of the links in the post above are “affiliate links.” This means if you click on the link and purchase the item, Chris will receive an affiliate commission. Regardless, Chris only recommend products or services he uses personally and believes will add value to his readers. Chris is disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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Culture Leadership Charge – The Harassment Factor

We’ve seen a remarkable shift recently – a shift that is long overdue. It’s the #MeToo shift.

Sexual harassment and assault has been an all too common experience for too many women at the hands of men in power – in workplaces and in communities – for decades. Probably for centuries.

Today, victims – mostly women and a few men – are finding their voice to explain their experiences, their fears, and their shame, even though they were not at fault.

At the root of sexual harassment are cultures that not only tolerate predatory behavior, they sometimes encourage it.

Sexual predators (mostly men in power) act from self-gratifying desires. Their actions demonstrate that they have no qualms about taking advantage of others (usually women) who are “lower” in the organization or in society than they are.

Their power enables predators to act on their selfish desires with little concern for retribution.

Consistently kind, respectful behavior between colleagues is not, unfortunately, the norm in many organizations.

We know better. In purposeful, positive, productive work cultures, no one is superior to anyone else in the organization. Everyone is treated with trust, respect, and dignity in every interaction.

In today’s three-minute episode of my Culture Leadership Charge video series, I describe how making values as measurable as results – and holding everyone accountable for treating others with trust, respect, and dignity in every interaction, can eliminate sexual harassment in our workplaces.

My Culture Leadership Charge series features short (two-to-three-minute) videos that describe proven culture leadership and servant leadership practices that boost engagement, service, and results across your work teams, departments, regions, and even your entire company.

Each episode’s “charge” is a challenge for everyone in your organization – not just leaders – to refine their behaviors and ensure everyone is treated respectfully at all times.

You’ll find my Culture Leadership Charge episodes and more on my YouTube channel. If you like what you see, please subscribe!

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To what degree is your workplace free from aggressive, predatory behavior? Share your insights on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn.


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Chris’ new “Culture Leadership Charge” series and the rest of his video clips can be found on YouTube. Subscribe to Chris’ YouTube channel.


podcast_subscribeSubscribe to Chris’ posts via RSS.


itunes_subscribeListen to or subscribe to over 300 of Chris’ Culture Leadership Podcasts on iTunes.


The music heard on Chris’ podcasts is from one of his songs, “Heartfelt,” copyright © 2005-2017 Chris Edmonds Music (ASCAP). He played all instruments, recorded all tracks, and mastered the final product for your listening pleasure.

Disclosure of Material Connection: Some of the links in the post above are “affiliate links.” This means if you click on the link and purchase the item, Chris will receive an affiliate commission. Regardless, Chris only recommend products or services he uses personally and believes will add value to his readers. Chris is disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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Culture Leadership Charge – Living with Integrity

Would the people around you – colleagues, neighbors, family, friends – say you live your life with integrity?

They observe your patterns – your plans, decisions, and actions – every day. They probably have an opinion about how well you “do what you say you will do” in their interactions with you – and observations of you.

When I consult with clients that want to improve the quality of their work cultures, integrity is one of the most frequently noted desirable values they want demonstrated in their workplace. It comes up every time.

What that tells me is that people aren’t living with integrity at work – not consistently, anyway. If they were, a different value would be tops on my clients’ lists of desirable workplace values.

I was interviewed for People magazine this past week, analyzing the sexual misconduct allegations of NBC’s star anchor, Matt Lauer. His predatory behavior was widely known among his colleagues.

In today’s three-minute episode of my Culture Leadership Charge video series, I specify how each of us – individually – can live with integrity in every aspect of our daily lives.

My Culture Leadership Charge series features short (two-to-three-minute) videos that describe proven culture leadership and servant leadership practices that boost engagement, service, and results across your work teams, departments, regions, and even your entire company.

Each episode’s “charge” is a challenge for everyone in your organization – not just leaders – to refine their behaviors and ensure everyone is treated respectfully at all times.

You’ll find my Culture Leadership Charge episodes and more on my YouTube channel. If you like what you see, please subscribe!

Don't miss @scedmonds #Culture #Leadership Charge video series on @YouTube! 3-minute gems! http://drtc.me/ytube Click To Tweet

Photo © Adobe Stock – Jacob Lund. All rights reserved.

How do your best bosses generate trust, respect, and dignity among and between team members? Share your insights on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn.


Subscribe to Chris’ twice a month updates! Text VALUES to 66866 or head here.


Chris’ new “Culture Leadership Charge” series and the rest of his video clips can be found on YouTube. Subscribe to Chris’ YouTube channel.


podcast_subscribeSubscribe to Chris’ posts via RSS.


itunes_subscribeListen to or subscribe to over 300 of Chris’ Culture Leadership Podcasts on iTunes.


The music heard on Chris’ podcasts is from one of his songs, “Heartfelt,” copyright © 2005-2017 Chris Edmonds Music (ASCAP). He played all instruments, recorded all tracks, and mastered the final product for your listening pleasure.

Disclosure of Material Connection: Some of the links in the post above are “affiliate links.” This means if you click on the link and purchase the item, Chris will receive an affiliate commission. Regardless, Chris only recommend products or services he uses personally and believes will add value to his readers. Chris is disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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Culture Leadership Charge – Respectful Leadership

How are your team leaders perceived by team members in your department, region, or company?

The relationship team members have with team leaders drives team members’ perceptions of the work, of the company, of their peers, and of their customers.

A purposeful, positive, productive relationship boosts team member engagement, service, and performance. A dismissive, demeaning, or discounting relationship erodes those three desired outcomes.

I spent 15 years in non-profit management as an executive and director. Over that time I had a couple of great bosses, quite a few good bosses, and too many lousy bosses.

In today’s three-minute episode of my Culture Leadership Charge video series, I describe three of my lousy bosses’ behaviors and outline what my great bosses did to generate trust, respect, and dignity across our organizations.

My Culture Leadership Charge series features short (two-to-three-minute) videos that describe proven culture leadership and servant leadership practices that boost engagement, service, and results across your work teams, departments, regions, and even your entire company.

Each episode’s “charge” is a challenge for everyone in your organization – not just leaders – to refine their behaviors and ensure everyone is treated respectfully at all times.

You’ll find my Culture Leadership Charge episodes and more on my YouTube channel. If you like what you see, please subscribe!

Check out @scedmonds #Culture #Leadership Charge video series on @YouTube http://drtc.me/ytube Click To Tweet

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How do your best bosses generate trust, respect, and dignity among and between team members? Share your insights on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn.


Subscribe to Chris’ twice a month updates! Text VALUES to 66866 or head here.


Chris’ new “Culture Leadership Charge” series and the rest of his video clips can be found on YouTube. Subscribe to Chris’ YouTube channel.


podcast_subscribeSubscribe to Chris’ posts via RSS.


itunes_subscribeListen to or subscribe to over 300 of Chris’ Culture Leadership Podcasts on iTunes.


The music heard on Chris’ podcasts is from one of his songs, “Heartfelt,” copyright © 2005-2017 Chris Edmonds Music (ASCAP). He played all instruments, recorded all tracks, and mastered the final product for your listening pleasure.

Disclosure of Material Connection: Some of the links in the post above are “affiliate links.” This means if you click on the link and purchase the item, Chris will receive an affiliate commission. Regardless, Chris only recommend products or services he uses personally and believes will add value to his readers. Chris is disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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