The Four Horsemen of the Work Culture Apocalypse

We have a common enemy we’re all fighting. They are the four horsemen of the work culture apocalypse. The four most destructive team dysfunctions are: Constant Fire-Fighting Defensiveness The Blame Game Disconnect Between Learning and Working Let’s unpack each of these a little more. Constant Fire-Fighting The time available for people to think and reflect is scarce. …

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The Kodak Moment – A Critically Endangered Phenomenon

Do you have a cherished “Kodak Moment” from your childhood? I don’t. In the future, I’ll probably be sifting through the cloud to find my beloved photo memories. Kodak Moments are a dwindling phenomenon, a statement that would astonish anyone born in the twentieth century who had heard the words “camera” or “film.” This is …

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Year In Review: 2022

Me watching my mom hold hands while walking with my son, next to a picture of her holding hands while walking with baby me.

This year I finally stopped being busy when my mom died out of the blue. One year ago, I wrote, “the theme for 2021 was Focus and Alignment. I achieved that at the expense of my own creativity and to some extent free will. I was lost in being busy.” If 2021 was about losing …

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How to Turn Failure into a Learning Opportunity: The Story of Danny MacAskill

Danny MacAskill climbing a rock face with his bike over his shoulder

“One more,” said little Danny to his Dad, Peter, his knees bloodied and a bump rising on his forehead. This kid was determined. He wanted to ace the dangerous move on his new bike before supper time. Danny’s parents bought him a rusty old second-hand Raleigh bike for his fifth birthday, and he spent hours …

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Communication is the Key that Unlocks Learning Cultures

Learning cultures don’t succeed because a number of individuals in siloes become more skilled. Learning cultures succeed because they’re set up for teams to rely on one another to learn and help one another grow. Stellar learning teams help, teach, and learn in tandem with each other. Effective communication is vital to successfully fostering a …

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UPS – Masters of Social Capital

The United Parcel Service (UPS) hires people who fit its culture, full stop. Tall order for a company that employs 500K+ UPSers in over 220 countries. Customer-first, people-led, hard-working, cooperative, and committed employees comprise its workforce. Hiring managers are entirely willing to sacrifice experience in favor of shared values. There was once even a historic …

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5 Reasons Why Peer-to-Peer Learning Cultures Work

Peer-to-peer learning is a powerful tool for companies striving to turn their own work environments into Learning Cultures. Sure, traditional top-down training checks boxes; it makes it seem like widespread learning has occurred when in reality, it’s ineffective. Your people have the answers within them already, and by encouraging them to help each other learn, …

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