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Life Changing: A Philosophical Guide. Why This Company Puts On A Mass Wedding For Employees. Mexican maquiladoras--manufacturing operations on the U.S. border--are known for having poor working conditions and low pay.

Why This Company Puts On A Mass Wedding For Employees

As a result, annual turnover rates often reach as high as 100%. At Plamex, a maquiladora in Tijuana that builds devices for Plantronics--annual turnover is just 36%. It might have something to do with the weddings. Report: Making The Business Case For Enterprise Social Networks. In 2011, the US hit a milestone — more than half of all adults visit social networking sites at least once a month.

Report: Making The Business Case For Enterprise Social Networks

But when it comes to using social-networking technologies inside organizations, many business leaders are at a loss to understand what value can be created from Facebook-like status updates within the enterprise. Some organizations have deployed social-networking features with an initial enthusiastic reception, only to see these early efforts wither to just a few stalwart participants. The problem: Most companies approach enterprise social networks as a technology deployment and fail to understand that the new relationships created by enterprise social networks are the source for value creation. BRAVE Framework for Thinking About Culture. Organizational Culture: So Important – So Misunderstood We created some new frameworks for the 3rd edition of our book The New Leader's 100-Day Action Plan.

BRAVE Framework for Thinking About Culture

One of those is the BRAVE cultural framework. At some level, everyone knows culture is important, but people struggle to define, understand, and influence it. Recruiting: 8 Qualities Your Best Employees Should Have. Great employees are reliable, dependable, proactive, diligent, great leaders and great followers... they possess a wide range of easily-defined—but hard to find—qualities.

Recruiting: 8 Qualities Your Best Employees Should Have

A few hit the next level. Some employees are remarkable, possessing qualities that may not appear on performance appraisals but nonetheless make a major impact on performance. Here are eight qualities of remarkable employees: Great Company Culture Isn't Pricey. Corporate Culture: The Only Truly Sustainable Competitive Advantage. Women And Collective Intelligence Will Solve Our Planetary Crises.

Sustainability is a so-called wicked problem.

Women And Collective Intelligence Will Solve Our Planetary Crises

It is complex, difficult to define, impossible to solve in a linear fashion and the aspects of the problem are so interrelated that it is impossible to consider (and therefore impossible to model) all of the unintended consequences that might accompany any single “solution.” This complexity makes us anxious. The Fun Theory. Culture Eats Strategy For Lunch.

Get on a Southwest flight to anywhere, buy shoes from Zappos.com, pants from Nordstrom, groceries from Whole Foods, anything from Costco, a Starbucks espresso, or a Double-Double from In N' Out, and you'll get a taste of these brands’ vibrant cultures.

Culture Eats Strategy For Lunch

Culture is a balanced blend of human psychology, attitudes, actions, and beliefs that combined create either pleasure or pain, serious momentum or miserable stagnation. A strong culture flourishes with a clear set of values and norms that actively guide the way a company operates. Employees are actively and passionately engaged in the business, operating from a sense of confidence and empowerment rather than navigating their days through miserably extensive procedures and mind-numbing bureaucracy. Performance-oriented cultures possess statistically better financial growth, with high employee involvement, strong internal communication, and an acceptance of a healthy level of risk-taking in order to achieve new levels of innovation. Culture Vs. Strategy Is A False Choice.

Strategy seems to have fallen on hard times.

Culture Vs. Strategy Is A False Choice

In his recent Fast Company piece “Culture Eats Strategy for Lunch,” author Shawn Parr joins a long list of commentators, psychologists, authors, and consultants who’ve used that dietary line to argue that company culture is a greater determinant of success than competitive strategy. A strong culture is important, and for all the reasons Parr mentions: employee engagement, alignment, motivation, focus, and brand burnishing. But is it the most important element of company success, as the more ferocious of the culture warriors assert? Is long-term success, as Parr writes, “dependent on a culture that is nurtured and alive”?

If history is any guide, the answer to both questions is no. Bosses, Stop Caring If Your Employees Are At Their Desks. In 2005, the Best Buy headquarters in Richfield, Minnesota, started shifting over to a “results only work environment,” or ROWE.

Bosses, Stop Caring If Your Employees Are At Their Desks

Employees could decide when and where they worked as long as they met certain measurable goals. No more Monday-through-Friday or 9-to-5. Want to come in at 2 p.m. on a Tuesday? Meg Whitman Makes HP Execs Give Up Cushy Offices To Work In Cubicles. Here's How Screwy HP's Culture Was. Sorry, you're not funny enough to work here. Real estate April 25, 2014 at 6:36 PM ET Down-to-earth actress Ellen Page has listed her Studio City home for $1.05 million.

Sorry, you're not funny enough to work here

She is trading up, having bought Venus Williams’ Hollywood Hills post-and-beam home earlier this month. Zillow Ellen Page is selling her two-bedroom, 1.5-bath home in Studio City. Bitwizards's Channel. Is technology at work taking the humanity out of our personal relationships? Guerrilla Artist Replaces Ads With Poetry. The Scottish artist, Robert Montgomery, like countless street artists who came before him, hijacks billboards and bus stops to display his melancholic verse.

Guerrilla Artist Replaces Ads With Poetry

For ten years, he’s been replacing ad pitches with poetry and presenting commentary on culture, ranging from consumerism to beauty in bold white type set against a black background. Though not really a street artist, Montgomery takes inspiration from the Situationist tradition of détournement – capturing the audience’s attention in unexpected ways within the public realm. The Culture Game - ... a beginner at something. Daniel Mezick's new book for the agile manager due out in March. He was so kind to offer me a preview, from which I quote. Everything is changing, and changing more rapidly than ever before. The rate of this change is increasing like never before.

In 1978, Chris Argyris & Donald Schön published Organizational Learning. The CLOUDFinance Daily. What do employees really need? A recent Inc.com article states that employees need freedom, expectations, input, and consistency, among other things. Did it nail everything? By Matt Wilson | Posted: February 16, 2012 As career analyst Daniel Pink succinctly put it in his TED Talk from 2009, money isn't always the best motivator for employees. Science says so .