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The Importance of Culture Archive

Vacation Reflections

Posted August 15, 2016 By Norman Jentner

Recently I took three weeks away from my regular work routines. < Instead, I traveled and interacted with strangers, new acquaintances, friends, and family in Ohio, Washington, and Idaho, plus in British Columbia. < My vacation afforded me opportunity to engage with homeless people, working poor, middle class, and with economic elites. < My experiences […]

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Wow!  This past week I (Dr. J) discovered The Wallace Foundation’s January 2013 Wallace Perspective, < “the first of a series of reports looking at school leadership and how it is best developed and supported.” < The Wallace Foundation supports efforts to improve leadership in public schools, having funded projects in 28 states and numerous […]

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“Conflict as opportunity” requires respect. No?

Posted May 6, 2015 By Norman Jentner

I recently completed a personally time-consuming review and deeper analysis of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) understandings related to human performance. < My STEM analysis included examination of how our Central Nervous System (CNS) hierarchically triages its finite resources automatically. < These automatic responses are faster than thought and are dependent upon our immediate interpretation […]

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Ownership + Engagement = Organizational Alchemy

Posted October 11, 2014 By Norman Jentner

“Thinking like an owner” is structural as well as attitudinal/behavioral.   The vast majority of private entrepreneurial companies in North America and elsewhere are closely held.  This means that only those people who actually gathered their resources for the specific purpose of founding the company, often putting all they had on the line — or those […]

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What’s New at Denison. More Latest Thinking.

Posted July 26, 2014 By Norman Jentner

July 2014 Reading Between the Lines What are your employees really telling you? Over the last two decades, business leaders have gained a greater appreciation for the impact of organizational culture on important performance outcomes (e.g., financial performance, employee engagement, customer satisfaction, innovation). As awareness for the importance of organizational culture has grown, questions about […]

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Leaders of today’s and tomorrow’s most effective businesses, as always, will continue to focus on cost-effective uses of technologies and processes.  And that’s not all. < Top performing leaders focus today with increasingly effectiveness on how the individual employees within their businesses are strategically aligned with their company’s strategic goals and objectives.   < Leaders today […]

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 Today it is widely understood that EVERY business possesses a company “culture.”   < That culture is passed on to new employees. < It is a by-product of all actions by leadership and all other participants in the business, resulting in “the way we do things around here.” < It includes everything attended to (and […]

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“True and lasting success” in our globalizing world can constructively be considered in terms of individuals’ satisfactions as members of groups, little and big, who are successfully making constructive differences that matter in our world.  No? Individual success has to do with personal health & well-being        relationships resources      meaning      conscientiousness  constructive […]

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Does Effective Business Leadership Require Innovation?

Posted November 19, 2013 By Norman Jentner

Recently, the Wall Street Journal posted the following question to their experts, for their responses, which were posted in the Journal’s “The Experts” blog in September, 2013. “Do Companies Spend Too Much Time Searching for Groundbreaking Innovations?”  Ten experts responded to this question, each providing a different perspective.   Each respondent spoke, directly or indirectly, to […]

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Businesses face accelerating and ever-increasing competition today.   < Driving this increased competition are four key factors: < increasingly more effective technologies; more effective technological processes; more effectively engaged people; and the ability to more effectively respond to continuously evolving consumer expectations. This is not rocket science. < This is simply a function of successful […]

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