Tag: productive workplace

The Honor of Public Service and the Need For Civility

As federal workers struggle with the aftereffects of the shutdown, challenges to their organizations’ budgets – let alone existence, pay freezes, hiring freezes, and potential staff cutbacks – it’s a good time to recall what President John F. Kennedy said about government employment more than 50 years ago. Let the

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Engaged and Committed: Who is Responsible?

Last week I overheard a conversation between my two teenagers.  My son told his sister that he was an A-student in Spanish these days.  “Having a great teacher makes all the difference,” he explained.  Preparing to insert myself into their conversation to point out that he had a great teacher

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When Leaders Mean It

How do you know when an organization is really committed to a culture change initiative?  I believe the lodestar boils down to this: whether it’s being led by or simply given token support by senior leaders. There’s no great wisdom in this observation. The real question is: “How do you

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What do Vietnam, Brazil, and India Have in Common?

On a single day this month, ELI consultants were dispatched across the globe to work with clients from Vietnam, Brazil, and India.  ELI was, for that day, part of what those countries had in common.  And it didn’t stop there; our presentations also included participants from Australia, Japan, Pakistan, South Korea, China,

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The New York Times Test & Corporate Misbehavior

The New York Times Test is mentioned often in the context of corporate misbehavior. It basically says that you can decide whether or not you should do something by considering whether or not you’d want it (and your name) to appear in an article on the front page of the

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