Archive for S.ChrisEdmonds SmartBlogs

Is your work environment lifeless and dull or active and inspiring?

Most organizational leaders put greater thought, time, and energy into their products and services than they do their culture. Yet culture drives everything that happens in organizations, day to day.

Who knows best whether or not your organization provides a safe, inspiring workplace? Employees do. They don’t miss a thing.[…] Continue Reading »

This post is part of the series “Workplace Morale,” a weeklong effort co-hosted by SmartBrief’s SmartBlog on Leadership and the folks at Switch & ShiftKeep track of the series here and check out our daily e-mail newsletter, SmartBrief on Leadership. Don’t subscribe? Sign up.

Workplace inspiration doesn’t happen casually. It takes intentional effort to create and maintain a safe, inspiring work environment.[…] Continue Reading »

When team leaders or team members in your organization bump up against stupid policies or dumb targets, what do they do?

Do they shoot up a flare and engage people in solving these issues, promptly? Or, do they ignore those policies or targets, swim upstream against the organizational current, and do the right thing? Or do they go along, compliant to the stupid policies or dumb targets, saying, “It’s not my job to fix that,” etc.?[…] Continue Reading »

I’ve been facilitating strategic planning for a few clients over the last six months. It is gratifying to help leaders be intentional about their business — and intentional with their strategic thinking.

Leaders typically invest time and energy in designing their strategic plan. They ponder market opportunities and customer needs that their team might address. They identify performance goals that will enable their company to pursue those opportunities.[…] Continue Reading »

I wish you could have seen it. Twenty teenagers and four YMCA leaders — including me — were about to embark on a two-day rafting trip.

These kids could not have been more different. Half were from the inner city; half from the suburbs. Two inner city leaders joined us two from the ‘burbs. None of us had any experience with whitewater rafting.[…] Continue Reading »