Tag Archive: Culture

How to Turn Cautious Teammates into Visionary Thinkers

Visionary thinking typically receives quick turndowns from cautious leaders. People start thinking small and safe. Everyone dreams small when cautious judgmental leaders control decisions. Traditional management culture encourages everyone to lower expectations and ask for… Continue reading

Kiss the Fool

Court jesters occasionally spoke truths and delivered bad news with humor. Modern comedians often make us laugh about injustice or social ills. Kiss the fool who speaks the truth. The more authority you… Continue reading

Solution Saturday: Dealing with Ms. Clutter Galore

Dear Dan, I have a question concerning my Assistant Manager. Her performance in most areas is exceptional as she is hardworking, dedicated, and has the respect of her team. She gets results. My… Continue reading

Breaking Silos – Connecting People

Stepping across functional boundaries in siloed organizations makes you the enemy. What are you doing here? This is my turf. Siloed organizations waste resources, squander opportunities, and duplicate effort. 7 signs your organization is… Continue reading

Solution Saturday: Culture in Two Words

Dear Dan, Can you address the key indicators of a culture of excellence and steps to establishing that culture for a school? Sincerely, Culture Builder Dear Culture Builder, Thanks for asking such a… Continue reading

The Question that Taps the Power of Complaining

Just say it, “Everyone sucks at some things.” Call a leadership team meeting to gripe about weaknesses. Write your direct reports’ names on a whiteboard and list their weaknesses. Illustrate the list with behaviors. … Continue reading