Great Company Culture Needs Continuity

It’s the final day of our weeklong journey into “culture.” We have talked about creativity, collaboration and curation. Our final destination is continuity. Do you work for a company that drinks its own champagne? I’ve advised those companies, yo. My industry is thick with founder’s syndrome. Everything is great when you have a founder and…

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Great Company Culture Needs Curation

A few years ago, I read an interesting book by Dr. Grant McCracken. It’s called Chief Culture Officer: How to Create a Living, Breathing Corporation. Have you read it? It’s good. The author believes that companies need specialized workers, supervisors and leaders who understand cultural anthropology. Those new workers could create a culture that has…

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Great Company Culture Requires Creativity

Yesterday, I told you that I’m going to cover the four components of a great company culture. Those components are creativity, collaboration, curation and continuity. First up? Creativity. I’m not talking about the kind of creativity energy that emanates from a bunch of knowledge workers — under the age of 30 — sitting in a…

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LinkedIn Talent Connect

People keep asking me if I’m going to LinkedIn Talent Connect. It’s complicated. A few months ago, I wrote an article about a LinkedIn hackathon that very few people actually read. I was like, “Is today the day that I woke up looking stupid?” Here’s the summary: LinkedIn held a recruiting event, disguised as a…

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Being a Student of Your Own Life

I’ve been feeling a little tired and worn out, as you know, so I’m trying to choose a better attitude. A friend suggested that I approach my toughest challenges as a student. Go slowly, be curious, and get ready to fail. Part of me was like — screw that. It sucks to be a beginner.…

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Improve Your Career

Years ago, I dreamed of being a full-time career advice columnist. You can’t work around human resources professionals for twenty years without learning a thing or two about how to succeed without even trying. But career advisors are a dime a dozen, and very few of them make money by writing. Some of them do…

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