Tag Archive: culture

What Is Your Company Culture?

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There is quite a bit of talk on culture in organizations; however, if you were asked to define your culture, could you? I think this question would give many executives pause to think. In today’s work environment, all potential employees will discover what your culture is like when evaluating whether to work at your company. Since information is readily available on social media and in the news, there is no doubt if someone wants to understand your culture, he/she will. What will he/she find out? Is it what you’d expect?   I prefer my consulting mentor’s definition of culture —…
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Do Your Executives Have Vision?

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In thinking about an eagle’s eye (in concert with my Eagle Eye service line), it comes to mind that vision is a key contributor to success. An eagle can see 4-5 times further away than a human, colors are more vibrant, etc. They also have an amazing ability to zero in on their prey. In order for an eagle to spot its prey, it needs to have vision. If you think of these qualities in executives, having a vision contributes significantly to success. Vision is about creating clarity and purpose around why your company does what it does and being…
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Put Your Eagle Eye on What’s Key to Success-Leadership

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Leadership will make or break your business. Put your eagle eye on ensuring success in this arena and you’ll thrive. The two core tasks of a leader are 1) to set strategy, and 2) to execute the strategy – not seemingly complex or daunting. However, the excellent leaders stand out in the crowd by translating these two core activities into results. How?  There are four keys to an effective leader who drives not only profitability and cash flow through these two core tasks but also engages employees, customers and suppliers: 1) Clear vision. 2) Effective communication of the vision. 3) A focus on results. 4) Performance management…
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Empower Your People to Grow

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Businesses must capture opportunities rapidly to outpace their competition. Thus, it is even more important to be the best at identifying, prioritizing, and implementing opportunities which will deliver bottom line business results. The time to leapfrog your competition is now. Why is empowerment the key to success?  Empowered employees achieve substantial results which also tie directly to what’s required to succeed in the new normal: 1) Reduce costs & delays. 2) Deliver exceptional service. 3) Innovate in alignment with vision. Or, just think about the Ritz Carlton. Their employees are empowered and will make sure their customers are happy. If you’ve experienced the…
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What Is Company Culture?

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I wholeheartedly agree with my consulting mentor Alan Weiss with how he defines culture – “It is that set of beliefs that governs behavior”. Culture seems like such a mysterious topic and executives spend millions to try to create culture change and the like. Yet when you boil it down to the basics, it is really quite simple. What set of beliefs does your company run by? Where did they come from? Are they helping or hurting you? When you look at culture with this viewpoint, it becomes easy to determine how to change your corporate culture; however, the devil…
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How to Revitalize Projects to Ensure Success

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As we approach Memorial Day weekend, it is imperative to revitalize our projects. After working with countless manufacturers and distributors to elevate business performance, I’ve found that projects are the lifeblood of most organizations as their success or failure impacts customers, profit/loss and or cash flow in almost every client. Thus, making sure there is significant emphasis on their success should be a top priority for success. Typically, my clients look like a ghost town during the holidays. Everyone is understandably distracted with family and friends. Those working do not feel pressure for rapid progress. Therefore, it is critical to…
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Grand Ole Opry & Why Tradition Still Matters

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I attended the Grand Ole Opry last night…..what an amazing Country Music tradition! I love that the Grand Ole Opry is actually a radio show.  Now, in addition to having the radio station featured on the stage, it also includes #Opry. Times evolve but radio still rules in Nashville! They get great sponsors for their radio show. And, it worked as I went to Cracker Barrel this morning solely because the radio advertisements compelled me to give it a go. Country stars from YEARS ago are popular at the Grand Ole Opry, and they sing along with the newest performers. Where else can…
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Do You Have Enough Female Leaders?

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I attended the compelling Renaissance Executive Forums All Member meeting last week in the Inland Empire, and it got me thinking about female leaders. One of the keynote speakers discussed this topic. Who would think it would take me attending an event to think about an obviously appropriate topic? I have been one of very few women leaders and consultants in manufacturing. For example, without my former CEO, I would not be here today as he told the Board of Directors that he didn’t care that his VP of Operations wasn’t a “grey-haired man with a Harvard MBA” because I was able…
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Pioneer of Supply Chain Employment

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I recently attended the Southern California Logistics & Supply Chain Summit hosted by the Center for Supply Chain & Logistics of the Drucker School of Management and the Inland Empire Economic Partnership. There were several interesting trends and innovations; however, the keynote speaker from Walgreens stood out in my mind. If you are unwilling to try something new and fail, you will be a miserable failure at innovation. You must be willing to “go BIG or go home”. Randy Lewis, the former Senior Vice President at Walgreens, launched a division-wide disability hiring initiative based on the principle of “same jobs, same performance,…
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Innovation Tips from the APICS-IE Executive Panel & Networking Symposium

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My APICS (#1 trade association for supply chain and operations management) chapter hosted an executive panel & networking symposium which was focused on the topic of innovation. Innovation is a critical topic! Problem solving and maintaining the status quo is no longer enough as customers expect more, regulations increase, etc. Thus, how do you create a culture of innovation in your company? 10 tips that pop to mind that came up during our panel discussion include: 1) Empower your people. 2) Learn continuously. 3)  Try new things and don’t be afraid to fail (which can be considered learning what not…
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