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Can a Consultant Save the Day?

I'll admit that watching the movie "Office Space" is one of my guilty pleasures. There's something universal about corporate culture that is captured so perfectly in this '90s-era comedy. It's hilarious when the consultant, after interviewing the slacking, snarky main character, declares him to be "just a straight shooter with upper management written all over him."   I roar with laughter at that scene because I have been on both sides of it. I have been the employee who has been [...]

January 2016

Learn 4 Real-Live-No-Jive Ways to Create an Innovative Corporate Culture

It's tacked on the office wall in virtually every company in America. Or maybe it's in that thick employee handbook that HR gave out at orientation. The Mission Statement. Typically, it's a collection of carefully crafted sentences meant to convey a purpose-driven ethos in the workplace. It's inviolable. It's sacrosanct. It's BORING and sometimes...meaningless. That mission statement hanging on the wall is also a reflection of corporate culture, which Inc. magazine defines as the shared values, attitudes, standards and beliefs that [...]

December 2015

Combat the Top 5 Silent Killers of Innovation With This Holiday Gift

Looking for the Best Corporate Gift Ever? Well here is it is: Enabling Innovation. You can deliver this gift that keeps on giving with two Easy Steps: Recognize the Top 5 Silent Innovation Killers Take action against the Top 5 Silent Innovation Killers Step 1: Recognize the Top 5 Silent Killers of Employee-Driven Innovation (All are guilty of these from managers to peers to executives) Infamous Eye Roll  You have been in the company meeting when a manager presents a problem for the team to help solve. Colleagues [...]

November 2015

4 Keys to Igniting Employee-driven Innovation

Innovation is the key to growth and profits. But, it doesn’t happen in isolation, in a lab or in the executive suite. It comes from the people who interact with your customers and fend off your competition every day. In other words, your employees. This is why the employee engagement epidemic is so dire, not only for company growth, but survival. 87% of employees worldwide are disengaged or indifferent at work, reports Gallup, one of the leading organizations that measure employee [...]

September 2015

Team Offsite Sumo: Golf Outing vs 48 Innovate

This series of posts compares common team building offsite activities to our 48 Innovate experience.   There are usually 2 goals when companies do team offsites: To build a stronger bond among teammates in order to be more productive and successful To share information and collaborate toward some plan or outcome with maybe the side benefits of the listed above number one goal - team spirit We would put our 48 Innovate experience up against any team offsite exercise in order to accomplish both of [...]

August 2015

What’s Missing From Your Employee Survey

An annual employee survey is a pulse check of an employee's experience at a corporate, department or day-to-day level. Baseline data is compared, results rolled down to all the managers and then employees. Then what? That’s the missing piece. There is no consistent, actionable solution to integrate sustainable change while continuing to meet your department and company goals. Sure there are “action plans” that try to address things like recognition, communication, etc...but those are just add-ons. It’s like trying to fix a [...]