April 24, 2019

Hardwire Machines, Heartwire Culture – Words Really Do Matter

The things that most matter cannot be hardwired – they must be heartwired! Over the past decade, it’s become popular to talk about hardwiring culture, often […]
April 19, 2019

This simple reminder will help you stay focused on what really matters

I have this posted in my office and at home to remind me that every time I say yes to something trivial I am saying no […]
April 17, 2019

Who Says Culture Can’t Change Fast? The Challenge is Making it Positive and Making it Last!

At the recent conference of the American Organization for Nursing Leadership (AONL – formerly AONE), someone remarked to me that changing culture was like turning around […]
April 8, 2019

Build it and They Might Come – Don’t Build it and They Never Will Come

You have probably heard the phrase “Build it and they will come” made famous in the movie Field of Dreams. That might or might not be […]
April 5, 2019

20 Key Success Factors for Positive Culture Change – A Special Report for Leaders

Three elements of the positive culture transformation at Midland Health: The Pickle Pledge, DAISY Awards, and the INSPIRED Award for Values and Culture Excellence Before you set about […]
April 4, 2019

How to Choose the Right Energy Bar – Values Make all the Difference

PowerBar website – it’s all about us Clif Bar website – it’s all about others At an airport snack shop several days ago I was faced […]
April 1, 2019

Congress Enacts, President Signs, and States Approve a Constitutional Amendment for a Bill of Responsibilities

President Donald Trump signed the constitutional amendment for a Bill of Responsibilities within minutes of receiving it from Congress News flash: April 1, 2019 Acting with […]
March 29, 2019

3 Words for a Safety Culture – Proceed Until Apprehended

CHNOLA leaders Lisa Labat and Jenn Schwehm at the Children’s Hospital Association Quality & Safety Conference “If we don’t put the major emphasis on how the […]
March 25, 2019

How The Pickle Pledge Saved My Colon – And Lessons for Your Culture

The Pickle Pledge, The Self Empowerment Pledge, and other favorite inspirations on the whiteboard in my hospital room After forty years of working in, with, and […]
March 21, 2019

Singing a Great Culture into Being – Because Work Should Bring Fun and Fellowship

One of the many incredibly creative decorated pickle jars with which the team at Tri-County Health Care launched The Pickle Challenge for a more positive workplace […]
March 13, 2019

A Simple Promise that Changes Cultures – and a Process that Sustains that Change

Tri-County Health Care, a critical access hospital in Wadena, Minnesota, launched a Values and Culture Project late last year. As we always do when starting a […]
March 10, 2019

Alexa, Skip – Creating a Mental Manager to Get You Out of Stuck

When I’m listening to music on my Amazon Echo and a song comes up that I don’t like or am not in the mood to hear, […]
March 8, 2019

Surprise Me!

When I’m ordering coffee and am asked what kind I want, I’ll often just say “surprise me.” Almost without exception, what I’m surprised with is better […]
March 3, 2019

The Power of Enthusiasm – and the Most Important Choice You Will Make in the Week to Come

Which one of these Vietnamese school kids is most likely to be a leader as an adult? I took this picture at an elementary school in […]
February 28, 2019

Honey and Glue: RecruitingandRetention is Not Just One Word

Managers often say the words “recruiting and retention” as if it’s just one word – as in “our company’s recruitingandretention strategies.” But the motivational hot buttons […]