Why Culture?

The work world is changing rapidly. Some things are a given. As employees we want fair compensation. We want benefits that support our needs. Wait, that’s not the end of the story. We all want work that has meaning. We want an organizational vision that we can support. We want engaged co-workers. We want our leaders to inspire us and help us grow.

The combination of all these good things can be wrapped up into the concept of building a healthy organizational culture. Below are personal first-hand experiences graciously provided by members of our team, as well as other thoughts that inspire us, information that makes us think, and insights we have learned over time. We’d love to hear what is working for you.

A Tsunami is Upon Us - A Work Tsunami

  • October 21, 2019

My Father worked for the same organization for 36 years. Dramatically, 40% of my sons' generation believe they are going to be entrepreneurs. This incredible change in generational attitudes about work becomes more foreboding for employers as the average stay of younger employees hovers around three years.

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Journey vs Destination

  • September 18, 2019

"The journey must be enjoyed or else the destination is never reached."

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I missed the entire Springsteen concert!

  • August 26, 2019

July 12, 1984. I am sitting on the grass at Alpine Valley, Wisconsin with my best friend Eric and his younger sister Juli. We are there, wait for it, at the "Born in the USA" tour to see Bruce Springsteen. Yeah, THAT tour!

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Dancing in the Rain

  • July 17, 2019

We all face adversity at some time in our life, where we are met with challenges that tap into our emotions and drain our energy. The problem with adversity is that most people see it as a negative when actually these challenges can become a very positive experience that can lead to personal growth.

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Real Men Quilt

  • June 18, 2019

They say you shouldn't meet your heroes, just in case actually getting to know them ruins the image you've conjured up — not so, in my case. In fact, my Dad was a hero to me and many others.

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Show Me Your Scars

  • June 11, 2019

This is Remi the cow dog. He was born to do one job - a job that he loves - herding.

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My Mother's Leadership Lessons

  • June 4, 2019

It seems like the world is starving for leadership. There are countless books, seminars, and systems proclaiming the secret to leadership. In the workplace we are sometimes disappointed with our supervisors when they play small or fail to inspire. In my quest for leadership, I finally realized I was raised by one.

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Those electronic files are SO lit!

  • May 30, 2019

Those electronic personnel files are so lit! Say what? You know, they are dope! We know what you are thinking - HUH?! Well, according to our millennial generation colleagues "lit" and "dope" are today's version of "cool," "groovy," or "awesome." Which leads us to the question - why would you ever want to move to electronic personnel files?

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Less is More?

  • May 21, 2019

There is something magical about working on a highly effective, small team that keeps ideas flowing and work exhilarating. I believe this is because they have a higher level of accountability, ownership, and trust in each other.

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Courage Over Comfort

  • May 10, 2019

These women were so authentic and proud of what they had accomplished, but they were also reiterating the experience that I was wanting. Listening to them, it wasn’t just words about what it could be like. They were sharing a true experience.

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You Throw Like a Girl

  • May 7, 2019

I was trying out for the middle school girls’ basketball team and during the third day of try-outs, the male coach pulled me aside and said, "You are way too aggressive on the court. If you want to make the team, you need to play like a girl. This is a girls’ team not a boys team."

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Can Toxic Teams Change?

  • April 19, 2019

Healthy teams are a thing. The key to achieving it is focusing on something called psychological safety. Sounds hard, but the tactics are pretty straight forward.

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Don't Strive For Work/Life Balance!

  • April 1, 2019

We have heard forever that we need to find work/life balance. First of all - is that possible? Think about how many times you check the email on your phone when you get home from work. What if work/life balance really isn't the answer.

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  • March 12, 2019

Great companies don’t hire skilled people and motivate them, they hire already motivated people and inspire them.

Simon Sinek

INNOVATION AND CULTURE in Government

  • February 23, 2019

Have you ever read a Mini Monty?

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  • February 22, 2019

Success is liking yourself, liking what you do, and liking how you do it.

Maya Angelou
  • January 12, 2019

Those lucky people who are fully integrated at the highest level figure out how to make everything – their lives, their work, what they do for fun, and what they do for money – all the same thing.

Michael Bierut

Company size is shrinking

  • January 11, 2019

Sarah Lacy asks the AngelList founder the one thing he believes in that no one else does.

The power of vulnerability

  • January 11, 2019

Brené Brown studies human connection -- our ability to empathize, belong, love. In a poignant, funny talk, she shares a deep insight from her research, one that sent her on a personal quest to know herself as well as to understand humanity. A talk to share.

  • December 31, 2018

Impossible is just a big word thrown around by small men who find it easier to live in the world they’ve been given, than to explore the power they have to change it. Impossible is not a fact. It’s an opinion. Impossible is not a declaration. It’s a dare. Impossible is potential. Impossible is temporary. Impossible is nothing.