Corporate Activism & Leadership Transformation

Corporate Activism & Leadership Transformation

What is corporate activism? I believe it is broader than “companies taking a stance on social issues” and it has the potential to propel organizations, people and society at large into a more positive future. It is a leadership transformation tested with success in a large, global organization. In this post, I describe how it works and why more organizations should consider creating value this way.

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Leadership on the Shop Floor

Leadership on the Shop Floor

Is shop floor the blind spot of leadership? For so much management and control, very little people-centered leadership seems to happen there. That's why I got so interested in my colleague Bill Murray's experiment. His team's success shows that leadership is not only possible on the manufacturing shop floor, but that it delivers exceptional results. I asked Bill to explain why and how. 

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Can We Save Corporate Communications?

Can We Save Corporate Communications?

Creating a common reality, from which people can act together towards a certain goal, is possibly the most arduous challenge faced by corporate communicators today. Major social changes, technological disruptions have profoundly impacted sense-making. What can corporate communicators learn about this new world and evolve their professional practice, to remain relevant and add business value?

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How to Measure Culture Change Without Killing It

How to Measure Culture Change Without Killing It

While performance is monitored to death through zillions of numbers, how do we assess the effectiveness of culture change efforts? And, as we want to support voluntary transformation, how do we measure behavior change with metrics that do not operate as targets or injunctions? A field experience in a large-scale transformation may open ways for meaningful measurement.

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Regain Freedom at Work

Regain Freedom at Work

Corporate Rebels United, Rebels At Work and Change Agents Worldwide recently organized an amazing 24-hour Rebel Jam where corporate change makers from around the world shared ideas and advice. My contribution to the Jam consisted in supporting people who suffer from a controlling work culture and want to do something about it. Change agents, it’s time to be tactical! Here are 15 tips anyone can use. They’ve been useful to me and I hope they can be to others. 

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Volunteer Power

Volunteer Power

Volunteers decide by themselves. They can say no. That’s why “volunteer” is a rarity in the corporate world, that loves nothing more than orderly management of resources. Yet, they bring invaluable energy and ideas... provided organizations learn to mobilize and leverage volunteers. Here is an example, taken from an on-going movement for quality improvement. Based on Kotter's 8-Step for leading change, it is about enabling massive volunteerism to help the organization improve.

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Quality As A Movement For Change. Seriously?

Quality As A Movement For Change. Seriously?

Want to wreck the atmosphere of a friendly dinner? Speak "industrial quality". Explain how compliance, deviation tracking and process books are important. It's only minutes before the first guest starts yawning and stretching. Yet, I'm moving to Quality, and I'm thrilled. It's an overwhelming challenge. How to transform an old industrial culture, with Quality as a catalyst for change? How to engage employees into making quality products? How to make Quality exciting? 

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