Culture counts and now there’s proof. Last month, Merriam-Webster declared the 2014 word of the year: Culture. Who can argue with a dictionary company? The pick is based on significant increases in lookups on the dictionary’s website along with spikes of concentrated interest. Read more
Susan Muldowney of In the Black:
Deep within the nebulous realm of human behaviour lie the fundamental concepts of ethics. It encompasses notions of morality, integrity, and right and wrong, but even the most detailed definition of ethics fails to capture the many shades of grey that colour the real world. And when it comes to the business world, ethics can take on a particularly murky hue. Read more
From Barbara Brooks Kimmel of Trust Across America:
Trustworthy businesses are also more profitable. There is simply no reason NOT to implement long-term strategies for increasing organizational trust starting today.
How can your organization elevate its level of trustworthiness?
Charles Fishman, writing for Fast Company:
It wasn’t just that working at Enron was hectic, or demanding, or urgent. What made working at Enron different was that it was intoxicating. It took otherwise unglamorous work — scheduling natural-gas pipelines, developing electricity pricing models, managing a fiber-optic network — and gave it a powerful sense of mission. Read more
Glenn Llopis contributing to Forbes:
An article in the New York Daily News reports that nearly 70% of U.S. employees are miserable at work. According to the story, research conducted by the Gallup Poll suggests that the majority of American’s dislike or feel disengaged on the job. Needless to say, this is disturbing news. Read more