Culture is maintained by executives, who are also the only ones who can shape real change in organizational culture, S. Chris Edmonds says in this article and video. Without direction from the top, "strong personalities fill that void" and typically lead to an "I win, you lose" culture, he argues.
Becoming energized to make conscious choices for yourself, your life or your firm is an important step, but you are likely already influenced by an architecture of choices that other have made for you, according to authors Richard Thaler and Cass Sunstein. This inertia hinders consumers' ability to act while acting as an effective tool for businesses.
Chipotle reported that profit dropped 95% in the third quarter compared with Q3 of 2015. Earnings were 27 cents per share, far short of the $1.59 per share analysts had expected.
Leaders must distinguish their message and tie it to an actionable option to make a lasting impression, writes cognitive psychologist Carmen Simon. "We spend lots of time on the content, and on ourselves ... but we don't spend enough time on strengthening the association between what is said and who said it," Simon writes.
Those with degrees and coursework in liberal arts or humanities can take advantage of a recent employer focus on soft skills, writes Nikki Waller. A National Association of Colleges and Employers study found that 2015 graduates with liberal arts degrees had higher employment rates and salaries than those from 2014.
Alaina Love's research has identified five modes of influence that describe the ways people manifest change in their worlds. Each model lends strength to an organization's ability to innovate individually and for the collective.
Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James got turned down for the Foreign Service at 23 after years of pursuing that dream. The rejection taught her the value of pursuing a backup plan, which became a long career in the defense sector that "started with a great big failure and a dream that was never realized," James says.
As Halloween approaches, you should avoid becoming a sales zombie that resorts to boring slides and practiced monologues to appeal to buyers, writes Julie Hansen. Instead, make sure you're intentional with your words and body language while customizing your approach for specific leads.
Google, Facebook, Twitter and other free online services aren't measured in the nation's gross domestic product, which can make it difficult for the US to properly determine economic policies. The omission of free online services also creates "a blind spot in trade deals and enforcement," writes Larry Downes.
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