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Why Culture is The Basis of Building & Investing: What Carlyle Group’s Example Holds for CEOs

Billionaire buy and hold investor Ron Baron says he invests in people, not companies. Before he opens his investment war chest, he dives deep into a company, actually meeting the leadership and seeing the tone they set from the top. No matter how “successful” a company looks on paper, it’s the meet and greet and getting to know the people involved in the organization and their culture that seals the deal for him. Peeling back his 25 billion investing portfolio, one of his investing jewels is The Carlyle Group.

Lori Ann LaRocco CEO Briefing Newsletter , Culture , Talent Management April 8 2014

The CEO as Head Coach

Too many corporate leaders don’t understand that changing corporate culture is shaped by every decision they make. The tone is set by their words and cemented with their actions, every day—when the CEO establishes a strategy and follows it, sets rules and abides by them, not only says he or she is “one of us,” but acts like one of us.

Christopher Otto Culture , Talent Management April 4 2012

4 Ways to Create a Culture of Courage

In fear-ridden companies, employees learn that empowerment is a pipe dream and that the only way to survive is to obey direction without question. It’s up to leaders at all levels to give employees the encouragement, energy, and support to try new things and to focus on the greater good of the overall organization.

Tom Rieger Culture , Talent Management August 31 2011

5 Ways to Get the Governance We Want

Despite all the new rules and regulations , the key to good corporate governance remains a strong commitment to ethics. Here, former Chairman and CEO of Office Depot and Autozone, Steve Odland, tells CEOs how to create and maintain a strong ethical culture.

Steve Odland Culture , Governance/Compliance , Talent Management August 17 2011

Design for Conflict: Why You Should Have a Few Fights in Your Company

In a complex, multi-divisional company, managing brands across several products and geographies can get complicated. Learn to love it. And sometimes a little tension can produce more creativity and productivity — harmony is often the wrong goal. When there is no tension among businesses and functions and geographies there’s a good chance value is being left on the table somewhere.

Greg Kesler and Amy Kates Culture , Engagement , Leadership & Strategy , Talent Management August 17 2011
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The Only Three Things a Leader Should Focus On — Brains, Bones, and Nerves

The core of a company can be accurately compared to the core of the human body — you need brains, bones, and nerves to all work together in order to function properly. The brains are the strategy, the bones are the organizational structure, and the nerves are the culture. If you’re missing any piece of the body, it all falls apart.

Rajeev Peshawaria Culture , Leadership & Strategy , Talent Management July 26 2011

IBM’s Corporate Evolution by Design

An iconic brand, IBM has evolved over the years as it introduced new technology and products. What hasn’t changed, however, is the corporate culture. In the 1960′s, longtime CEO Thomas J. Watson Sr. knew that in order to be successful a company, IBM had to adhere faithfully to its core beliefs. Here’s how Sam Palmisano has reinforced core company ideals.

Steve Hamm Culture , Leadership , Leadership & Strategy July 1 2011
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M&A 2011 Style: The Cultural Fit Factor

Why do 75 to 80 percent of mergers and acquisitions fail to meet financial projections or return on shareholder value? Companies ignore the necessity of culture fit when combining workforces. An enormous amount of money is being lost; here’s how to capture it.

Lizz Pellet Corporate Finance , Culture , Mergers & Acquisitions , Talent Management May 26 2011
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VIDEO: Monsanto CEO Hugh Grant on Harnessing Healthy Corporate Culture

Chief executive of Monsanto and 2010′s CEO of the Year, Hugh Grant discusses the important traits of a healthy corporate culture. Grant was on-site at the NYSE on July 27 to pass the title of CEO of the Year to 2011′s choice, Ford’s Alan Mulally.

ChiefExecutive.net Culture , Talent Management , Videos August 1 2011

More than Money: Culture is the Key to Employee Retention

Salary is important to employees and critical to maintaining their personal standards of living.  In this economy, however, companies can’t [...]

ChiefExecutive.net Culture , Talent Management November 3 2011

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