Creating Organizational Culture - David DeWolf

Creating Organizational Culture

I have an ongoing debate with a good friend who is also a mentor and seasoned executive who I respect quite a bit. This debate is about organizational culture.

His hypothesis is that you cannot create or build organizational culture. He maintains that it just happens organically from the makeup of the people within the organization.

According to this viewpoint, culture is an accidental result of how an organization just happens to live.

I believe, on the other hand, that you can shape organizational culture, that you can create and build a culture very deliberately. Here’s how.

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Humble Confidence: Get Through the Challenges

Humble Confidence Gets You Through Challenges

Humble confidence will get you through the inevitable challenges you’ll face, both in business and in life.

General Patton once said that the value is in the planning not the plan. The confident leader is able to adapt in real time. The confident leader reacts to roadblocks and adjusts in a way that ensures success.

The only certainty is change and the confident leader will embrace that change and see it as an opportunity to lead.

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How I Survived Vacation - David DeWolf

How I Survived Vacation: 1 Car, 8 Opinions, 15 Days, 50 Hours, and 4000 Miles

On July 2nd we packed our bags, loaded the van, and took off for Colorado. We were embarking on a journey, the ultimate in living the integrated life.

By combining our summer vacation with a series of meetings and conference, I was able to take what otherwise would have been three separate trips and combine them into one mammoth adventure.

This is the story of how I survived.

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Customer Focus - David DeWolf

Customer Focus: The Heart of Every Business

The customer is the key to any business. You can never be close enough to your customer.

As businesses grow, the temptation becomes more and more real to get out into the market, to do more PR, to do more marketing, to do more analyst relations.

But don’t lose customer focus.

Yet the best analyst you have, the best PR you have, and the best marketing you have is your customer.

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What’s on My Phone: SKLZ Cam - David DeWolf

What’s on My Phone: SKLZ Cam

This is a must-have for every dad with kids in sports. SKLZ Cam lets me record video of my kids playing sports and replay it in slow motion, with or without a diagram on top.

When my son complains that the third strike was too high, I can show him that it crossed the plate right at his belt. When my daughter can’t figure out why the ball hit off the goalpost, I can scrutinize her kick and help diagnose the problem.

Best of all, when I can’t figure it out, I can share the video to their coach, who can help them make the right adjustments and get back in the game. Who knows, if I had this technology, I may have made the NBA!

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Innovation Happens in the Shower - David DeWolf

Innovation Happens in the Shower

The economic currency of the 21st century is innovation. In our digital economy it is innovation – the intersection of new technologies with market opportunities – that provides for exponential growth opportunity and it is this growth potential that companies covet.

Innovation is coveted so highly, in fact, that some of “the most innovative” companies in the world are spending billions of dollars to acquire what they believe will be “the next big thing.”

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4 Principles for Awesome Email Responsiveness

4 Principles for Awesome Email Responsiveness

I’m a responsiveness junkie. Especially when it comes to email. I strive to answer every (professional) email within 24 hours and it drives me absolutely bonkers when I can’t. On the flip side, I get a bit annoyed when I don’t receive answers in a timely manner. I don’t hold others to the same standard I hold myself to (though some requests obviously deserve it), but is it really impossible to get back to me within a couple of days? If so, maybe you need to start managing your email, instead of letting it control you.

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humble confidence strengthen your leadership position

Strengthen Your Leadership Position with Humble Confidence

Humble confidence will strengthen your leadership position. Not many people follow a meek leader, but with humble confidence, you’re not meek.

Leaders and managers are two different things. Managers manage things and tasks. They tell people what to do. They operate by authority and control.

Leaders inspire. They cast and articulate a vision and they motivate others to pursue it. They bring people together to accomplish something that’s greater than any single person…even greater than the sum of all the parts. 

For a leader, one plus one is three. For a manager, one plus one is still two. 

Without confidence, most people will never follow.

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Understanding What Sets Off Your Anger

What’s Your Bowl of Rice? Understanding What Sets Off Your Anger

Imagine this. You’re in a restaurant and having a great time with a group of friends.  The waiter comes to deliver your meal, and, gently places a bowl of white rice in front of a friend. The friend, who has just returned from a long trip, explodes. He berates the waiter and becomes belligerent, angry, and almost violent.

What gives?

At the very least, you’d probably find the situation to be odd. You might wonder what has gotten into your friend while he was away. More likely, you would scrutinize the behavior and walk away with a negative impression of the fellow. If you’re assertive, you may be outraged and decide to put him in his place.

Unless you knew the backstory.

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