Culture Leadership Charge – Work Culture is in the Leader’s Hands

By S. Chris Edmonds / May 20, 2019 / 0 Comments

I am working on my next book, which I’m writing with the brilliant Mark Babbitt. It’s in the proposal stage and you’ll hear much more about our book in the months to come. In our research and interviews, two consistent themes are apparent: * first, the failure of leaders to improve employee engagement or the […]

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Culture Leadership Charge – A Better Way to Build a Team

By S. Chris Edmonds / May 6, 2019 / 0 Comments

How many of you have done team building activities with work groups? We’ve all done events like bowling or tower building or trust falls. How often, though, have those activities translated into sustained healthier work relationships? Not very often. Does that mean team building is a worthless endeavor? Not at all. Effective teamwork lies at […]

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Culture Leadership Charge – Insights into a Healthy Work Culture

By S. Chris Edmonds / April 15, 2019 / 0 Comments

I’m fascinated to learn how companies with purposeful, positive, productive work cultures make that happen – and make sure it keeps happening every day. We got a wonderful “behind the scenes” look recently at one of Glassdoor’s 2019 Employee’s Choice Best Places to Work – Trader Joe’s. Last month, a Trader Joe’s employee opened a […]

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Culture Leadership Charge – Protect Your Integrity

By S. Chris Edmonds / April 1, 2019 / 2 Comments

There are no small lies. Your integrity is built and maintained when you do what you say you will do, in service to others. Your integrity is eroded when you behave in ways that are self-serving or demeaning to others around you. Why do people lie? Some do so to get their kids in an […]

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Culture Leadership Charge – The Recognition Factor

By S. Chris Edmonds / March 18, 2019 / 0 Comments

One of the executives I coach shared an article he’d read recently that described the benefits of praising people for effort – not for innate skills. He posed this question: “Why should I recognize effort if it doesn’t lead to results?” This is not an unusual mindset for business leaders. Their exclusive focus is on […]

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Culture Leadership Charge – Those Pesky Facts

By S. Chris Edmonds / March 4, 2019 / 2 Comments

I’ve noticed that the older I get, the more readily I attribute “stories” to others’ behavior. Whether someone is driving aggressively or having a disagreement in a busy restaurant, my stories try to make sense of what I’m seeing. My stories explain the cause and effect based on my observations and assumptions. The problem is […]

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