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Does your organizational culture make you less profitable?

By Manfred Gollent | May 18, 2021 |
organizational culture

The core question: Does your organizational culture prevent or enhance profitability?

Before you answer this question reactively, consider the fact that the profitability of your company depends on a range of variables. Profit is a result of how well your organization manages and drives these variables.

How do you like the culture of your company? What features do you like and what is it you can’t stand? Is it hard to answer such questions in specific terms?

Most likely, I guess. Most of my clients tend to struggle to answer such inquiries in a factual manner. Yet, it is of crucial importance to understand, evaluate and take steps to enhance a company’s culture constantly.

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5 Important Steps to a Sustainable DEI Culture

By Manfred Gollent | Jan 9, 2021 |
Sustainable DE&I in action

The subject of DEI appears to come in waves. Every time some significant events take place, typically with fatal outcomes for minority members of our society and people of color, the stakes are raised.

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7.5 Steps to Profitable Decision-Making

By Manfred Gollent | Dec 2, 2020 |
decision making

Decision making is a challenging task for everyone! As leaders, we must be diligent in the way we go about the task and help those on our respective teams to develop the skills and experience the process. To get as many people as possible into effective decision-making habits is especially important in a distributed or partly remote work environment. Doing so in an effective and efficient manner has become a key element of sustained organizational success.

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5 Steps to Succeed as a Virtual Leader

By Manfred Gollent | Oct 20, 2020 |
virtual leader

Many leaders had to become acquainted with a remote work environment, fast! When the consequences of the pandemic hit, working from home transitioned from a privilege to a requirement. This transition has impacted leaders on every level of the hierarchy in more ways than one. Ken Blanchard’s words come to mind: “The true test of…

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Make Your Business Anti-fragile!

By Manfred Gollent | Oct 7, 2020 |

When have you taken a serious look at your company’s strategy the last time? Are you considering the uncertainties dominating our economic, social, and political environment? Is your business set up to be anti-fragile? Leadership effectiveness and a documented strategy are the yin and yang of sustainable business success. Utilizing a traditional approach to a…

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Leading a remote workforce effectively!

By Manfred Gollent | Sep 10, 2020 |

Growing leaders grow their companies & organizations, too. Truly effective leaders stimulate their teams to become a highly engaged workforce producing consistently tangible results. Effective, agile Leadership is the most potent ticket for business success, and personal development makes the difference! Your organization’s success hinges on the personal effectiveness of its leaders. Increasing self-awareness, adaptive…

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5 Keys to Lead a Distributed Workforce Effectively

By Manfred Gollent | Jul 17, 2020 |
distributed workforce

Leading a distributed workforce has its own set of challenges and won’t be successful in utilizing a traditional leadership approach. A great example is an organization that created WordPress, a website development platform used around the globe. Matt Mullenweg, the co-founder of the WordPress Foundation and its parent company Automattic, believes anyone–and everyone–can pull off…

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Leading in a COVID19 world!

By Manfred Gollent | Jul 16, 2020 |
Leading in a COVID19 world

The COVID19 conversation is mushrooming into all kinds of directions. From a leadership perspective, I would suggest that anyone in any leadership position gets truly informed. This is, getting informed not only about the virus and its potential impact but also about the context. In my opinion, leaders on any level of the hierarchy in…

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The “Born Leader” is a Leadership Myth!

By Manfred Gollent | Jul 14, 2020 |
born leader is a leadership myth

I am fully aware that the headline of this article is deliberately provocative. Obviously, there will be a great many people wanting to argue the opposite, I get that, too. However, let’s explore the reasoning together with an open mind… Leadership has always been important, but we are entering into a new phase of the…

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4 Behaviors to Lead a Remote Workforce in a VUCA Environment?

By Manfred Gollent | Apr 20, 2020 |

The impact of the pandemic on all facets of life has created the perfect storm, a classic VUCA environment! One consequence is the transition to a predominantly remote workforce. The term VUCA originated in 1987 to help describe the highly dynamic environment of modern warfare for military strategy planning. It has meanwhile evolved into a…

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