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All too often, business leaders find themselves between a rock and a hard place. Globalization has, once again, placed them in this familiar predicament.

On one side, they are pressured by tight deadlines, reduced budgets, and greater demands from their customers. On the other, they are also being urged to integrate cultural awareness and other cross-cultural considerations into their managerial decisions — decisions that are supposed to affect operations on the other side of the globe.[…] Continue Reading »

This article is adapted from material that will appear in “Buying a Business,” by Robert Brown and Alan S. Gutterman, which will be published in early 2013 by Aspatore Publishers.

When the discussion turns to “organizational culture” or “corporate culture,” most people have some sense or recognition of what the concept means, at least to them. A fairly simply definition, or explanation, is “the way we do things around here.”

However, not surprisingly, there is no generally accepted definition of “culture,” organizational or otherwise, and scholars and researchers from various academic disciplines have added their own nuances when suggesting a definition.[…] Continue Reading »

In last month’s SmartBlog post on corporate culture, I outlined how high-performing, values-aligned organizations establish clear performance expectations as well as values expectations. Creating values expectations in the form of measurable, tangible, observable behaviors shifts values from desired attitudes to demonstrated behaviors.

Let’s talk a moment about others’ attitudes. Can a leader manage others’ attitudes?[…] Continue Reading »

In our consulting work with organizations that desire a high performing, values-aligned corporate culture, my Ken Blanchard Cos. colleagues and I have found that most senior leaders have rarely experienced successful culture change in their careers. In addition, very few senior leaders have led successful culture change.

Our proven culture-change process first educates senior leaders on the best practices of high performing, values-aligned organizations.[…] Continue Reading »

The world is changing at an increasing pace. To stay competitive, many organizations are focusing their efforts on enhancing innovation. It’s a worthwhile pursuit. Innovative organizations stand the best chance of developing a sustained competitive advantage in their industry. To achieve that competitive advantage, firms are asking how they can be more innovative.

At its core, innovation needs creativity.[…] Continue Reading »