Shinobu Ishizuka: 2 Lessons from Japan’s Values-Driven Companies

Shinobu Ishizuka of LA-based Dyna-Search helps Japanese companies learn management and leadership strategies from U.S. companies. At the recent Small Giants Summit, Ishizuka shared two stories that can inform  U.S. companies of the way values are changing in Japanese culture and society, and helping companies win in the marketplace:     Use values to transcend differences. One Japanese manufacturer* recently …

Why Does What You Do Matter? Making Work Meaningful

The CEO looked baffled. A few minutes before, I had asked her, “What’s the greatest challenge you’re facing with your company?” This question came after she’d already described the company and its successes. As a mid-size home healthcare firm, they were in a growing industry with tremendous new opportunities. Just the same, she was quick to share her biggest concern. …

We’re Speaking the Same Language, but We Still Need a Translator: Three Ways to Get Clear about Values

Editor’s Note: This post originally appeared on our partner site for the Return on Values research project. Find the full post here.    In business, it is easy to speak the same language and still need a translator. The problem isn’t that the words aren’t understood; it’s that the underlying meaning is missed. My colleague Dr. Richard Boyatzis, from Case …

Leaders Manage Meaning

When we connect with others through our framing, we shape reality.  What’s more, if we “manage meaning” when others are unable, we emerge as leaders.  ~Gail T. Fairhurst This past week I experienced one of the many perks of living in downtown Chicago – a night at the Chicago Symphony Orchestra (CSO).  The musicians casually filed in, warmed up their …

Positive Relationships Spur Exceptional Performance: Three Tips on Connecting Appreciation and Performance

This post originally appeared in our November eNews. Most of us know how to show gratitude and appreciation to friends and family, but it can be tougher at the office. Yet, research from a variety of sources confirms the link between gratitude, appreciation, and improved performance. You can expect more from people when you take time to say thanks. Here …

Carrots & Sticks are So Last Century

As the parent of a Chicago Public School student, last week was a challenging one. More than just interrupting our newly established school day routine, and our regular traffic patterns around the city, the strike brought some big questions to light, including the question of how to motivate teachers and students to excel in the midst of challenging circumstances. This, of course, …

Leader’s Communicate their Organization’s Purpose: Starting with WHY

Purpose enables hundreds of employees to make thousands of decisions in unison.  ~Gary Burnison Purpose seems so obvious, but is it?  I’ve used a TED Talk several times over the past few weeks and this quote reminded me of the point the speaker is driving home.  Simon Sinek makes a presentation entitled, “How Great Leaders Inspire Action.”  Simon has also authored a …