The issue of sexual harassment at work has been a problem for years, but is finally getting some of the attention it deserves. With a growing number of well-known and previously well-respected figures being implicated and shamed, all business leaders should be thinking about how this cultural shift will affect their workplace.
There’s much to be done in the way of understanding why sexual harassment happens, how it goes unreported, …Continue Reading
On February 10, we learned that Brian Williams had been suspended by NBC news for six months without pay following the revelation that he provided false information regarding a 2003 wartime incident in Iraq. His case made as much news as many of the stories he and his colleagues regularly reported. While the circumstances are unique, there’s a vital lesson here for any organization facing what I call “big shot” …Continue Reading
The Wall Street Journal recently reported that financial service leaders are examining their cultures and employee attitudes on a range of issues to limit and manage risk. The reason for this examination is these business leaders recognize that statutory regulation and vigorous whistleblower provisions may not be enough to halt dangerous acts before they inflict great internal and public harm to the organization.
And, they’re right. Take a look at …Continue Reading
I was thinking about Baskin-Robbins recently while working with clients on key questions about how to transform their workplace culture. They asked,
How do we sustain the changes we are putting in place?
What do organizations do to reinforce their cultural standards?
I held up the Baskin-Robbins logo. In the 1950’s, the “31®” logo was adopted by Baskin-Robbins to emphasize the variety of ice cream flavors they serve. They wanted …Continue Reading
There are many ways that leaders and co-workers can detract from the performance of those around them. They can be purposely mean spirited, sexually or racially offensive, or downright cruel. While it’s hard for most of us to fathom, for some people, demeaning others brings satisfaction or a sense of superiority. But that’s not always what motivates abusive behavior.
For self-styled, high-performing perfectionists, special pressures may arise when they have …Continue Reading