The Top 10 Myths about Corporate Culture and the Facts You Need to Know

By Candace Coleman, CultureWise Content Manager  Culture is such a hot topic in the business world that it’s consistently ranked among the top three most important issues for senior leadership in Deloitte’s annual study of capital trends. But if you asked a cross-section of those leaders to define culture and how it works in their companies, you’re likely to get various answers. Online research about organizational culture shows a gambit of advice about the subject—the more you read, the more opinions you get. If you’re a business owner trying to decipher what you can do about your company’s culture, it’s …

5 Powerful Ways Rituals Improve Corporate Culture

By Candace Coleman, CultureWise Content Manager Whether they’re performed in a group or in solitude, rituals are woven into almost all aspects of life. They’re built into every institution, including education, sports, religion, and the military, to emphasize the meaning behind specific ideas and actions. Individual rituals like a personal warm-up exercise for music or sport help us concentrate on the activity we’re about to begin. Why are rituals so pervasive? Because they work. They sharpen awareness and engagement in the things we do.   In the business world, leaders can use rituals to highlight things important to their company …

Corporate Culture and Technology: What’s the Connection?

By Candace Coleman, CultureWise Content Manager What part of your life isn’t affected by technology? Right…you can’t think of any. We operate in a technologically saturated world unimaginable just a few generations ago. And the IT field is evolving at such a rapid pace that even tech-heads have a hard time keeping up with the latest trends and products. As mind-boggling as it is, business leaders are navigating the expanding universe of technology because they know it’s vital for their companies to remain competitive. All the new tools provide efficient and innovative ways to link people and work processes in …

Workplace Conflicts: How Corporate Culture Can Diffuse the Drama

By Candace Coleman, CultureWise Content Manager The average worker spends 2.5 hours a day distracted by “drama,” according to international keynote speaker and business consultant Cy Wakeman in her book No Ego.  Think about that. More than a quarter of every workday is siphoned off by internal disputes, gossip, grievances, and grudges. In a competitive marketplace where every second of productive time counts, that’s a jolting statistic. Not only does workplace conflict dilute efficiency, it also drains enthusiasm from everyone involved and is a significant reason behind turnover. Even if business leaders aren’t aware of how much time internal discord …

Corporate Culture: Why Values Aren’t Enough

By Candace Coleman, CultureWise Content Manager Integrity. Innovation. Commitment. Humility. Teamwork. You’ve probably seen values like these on company website banners or framed on office walls—maybe even your company’s walls.  The powerful words are prominently displayed to make an impression on everyone who visits the site or walks through the door. These values are what a company stands for. It’s a common practice for leaders to carefully select a group of principles to represent their companies and inspire their employees. They believe such values, sometimes outlined in mission and vision statements, will form the basis of a strong culture, and …

3 Vital Ways Corporate Culture Improves Employee Performance

By Candace Coleman, CultureWise Content Manager The numbers are clear. Your company’s projections are off, and it looks like the reason is that employee performance is down. All the careful planning you put into sales, operations, and finance processes are being offset by a workforce that’s not operating at its potential. You feel like you’ve done everything you can to help your team succeed. You hired good people, set achievable goals, and invested in the latest technology. You’ve even carved out the values you want your staff to follow and have them prominently displayed so that they stay top of …

7 Ways Corporate Culture Impacts Your Relationship with Customers

By Candace Coleman, CultureWise Content Manager Customer satisfaction and loyalty are the keys to every company’s success. The million-dollar question is: How do you develop the edge that will make customers choose your business over others? Great products and services? Sure. Values and deals? Sometimes. But what have you got that your competitors can’t copy—if they haven’t already done so? Product and service commodities are in constant competition in the marketplace, with companies jockeying to add the next shiny thing to attract buyers. But there’s one intangible thing that can’t be cloned or one-upped by your rivals: your corporate culture. …