Category: Leadership

How To Know You Are A Change Agent

To be called a Change Agent feels natural or very confusing. If you are someone who leads change management efforts, the title comes with your work. But if you are a mid-level employee being called a Change Agent in an annual performance review, you may be wondering…what does that mean? What is a Change Agent? […]

Honesty in Leadership: Create a Creative Culture in 4 Focused Ways

I am a full believer in authenticity and honesty in leadership. I believe the strongest leaders use honest life stories to humble themselves, connecting with those they’re leading. Creating a “me too” atmosphere from the top down bolsters confidence in everyone at every level, which often produces better work, profits, customer service, and employee culture. […]

The Value of Culture in a Down Market

The idea that “culture drives performance” is not only intuitively understood, but is also backed by an astonishingly long list of supporting research. One of best made cases on the subject is a book titled: Corporate Culture and Performance by John Kotter and James Heskett. Just Google “culture, performance, values, etc.” to find thousands of […]

6 Company Culture Quotes: Ethical Values at Work

Ethics in the professional sphere can get sticky — one way we try to bring ethics to life is by using company culture quotes to emphasis our values. XS, Inc. (Novareté’s parent company) maintains six simple company values to communicate exactly what is expected of employees, cutting out the ominous gray areas in ethics. Those values […]

Motivate Employees: Monetary Incentives Produce Poor Performance

I recently had the opportunity to watch a 10-minute whiteboard overview video about Daniel Karpantschof’s philosophy on how to motivate employees. He believes that motivation is driven by purpose, not monetary incentives. With a high focus on employee engagement and increasing productivity, profit, and performance, I thought this video really challenges the way many managers and […]

Finding Your Change Agency: Discover Hidden Value Using Moneyball Analytics

I lead a data management and software development company that I founded 18 years ago. I am a strong believer in the power of a great company culture and as such, I like to think of myself as being pretty tuned into our people and their strengths. In fact, we spend an unusual amount of […]

Engagement in the Workplace: When Behavior Conflicts with Values.

During my 20 years of managing experience, I have learned this: Being a manager isn’t very different than being a father. Whether it’s engaging a household and empowering children, or increasing engagement in the workplace by inspiring employees – no matter how well you communicate, at some point there will be a break down in […]

Building a Strong Culture? The 3 Most Important Questions to Ask

The idea that “strong culture drives performance” is not only intuitively true but is widely validated by numerous research studies on the subject (like How Company Culture Shapes Employee Motivation  done by Harvard Business School and How Corporate Culture Affects the Bottom Line by Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business). However, that leaves the question: “if […]

Vilify Failure and Kill a Creative Culture

Creating an innovating and creative culture is at the top of most corporate agendas. And it should be. The benefits far outweigh the risks. It increases productivity, reduces cost, gives a competitive advantage, motivates employees, and creates autonomy and stronger teams.    So how do you create a culture that fosters creativity and innovation? Concepts […]

Does Making Unethical Decisions Negatively Impact Your Life? [infographic]

There is no question that being a leader is hard. Running a company, department, team…it can be stressful. So stressful, that some leaders choose to do what’s easy instead of what is right. While this may feel like you are saving yourself stress during the decision-making process, you may be subconsciously negatively impacting your health […]