Category Archive: Culture

Momentum: How a Series of Small Wins Maximizes the Flywheel Effect

“Big things happen because you do a bunch of little things supremely well that compound over time.” Jim Collins “One little thing doesn’t make a difference. But ten little things do make a… Continue reading

Leadership Lessons from the Mafia, Hell’s Angels, and Gang Bangers

Would your organization thrive if governments spent billions of dollars trying to destroy it? Criminal organizations overcome all the challenges and obstacles of legal organizations plus the opposition of law enforcement. And they… Continue reading

The Real Reason Rudolph Flew from Outcast to Hero is Not About Red Noses

No one sings about your nose. But when Santa said, “Won’t you guide my sleigh tonight?” Rudolph became the most famous reindeer in history. But there’s more to Rudolph’s fame than bad weather… Continue reading

How to Overcome the Distraction of Compassion

Distracted leaders are octopods spinning like tornados with sucker-filled tentacles clinging to ‘important’ trivialities. You can’t go eight directions at the same time and make meaningful progress. The centrifugal force of distraction drives… Continue reading

Secrets of Emotional Contagion

Emotion is contagious. Stressed leaders have stressed teams. Angry leaders are surrounded by anxiety. You care about the way work feels because: Motivation is a feeling. Momentum is a feeling. Vitality is a… Continue reading

5 Essentials of Culture Building

The most important thing about us is the way we treat each other while we do the work. Organizational culture is simply the way people consistently treat each other. (This post is based… Continue reading