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Leadership and Business Management Articles by Priority Learning: Organizational Culture

Preparation for Building a Culture
“… are we to be controlled by accidents, by tyrants, or by ourselves in effective cultural design?”\nBurrhus Frederic Skinner\nBefore we pull the curtain to reveal the magic of building a culture, it will help to disclose a few discoveries I made while working with three developing organizations. By discussing their...
The Pillars of Organizational Culture
A successful man is one who can lay a firm foundation with the bricks others have thrown at him.\nDavid Brinkley\nWhat People Need\nIn a previous book, I shared my view that people’s motivations are predictable. First, we all want to be included when we can be included. And then, we want...
Magic - What is in this book?
Organizational culture building is here to stay for so many reasons but the most important is that it creates business that people love to work at. Simply put; this is what people want and in return, they will give you all they have. \nWhat lies ahead is a journey of twenty-five...
Why does a flourishing organization matter?
When Ralph asked me to write an article for the newsletter I thought to myself what did I really have to offer?  I have been a chief principle officer of a labor union, Head of Human Resources, Labor Arbitrator on the Maine Board of Arbitration,  Professional Certified Coach,   Director of Distribution, General Manager,...
Are You a Wilbury?
I’ve been uptight and made a messBut I’ll clean it up myself I guessOh, the sweet smell of successHandle me with care.-Handle with Care by Dylan, Harrison, Lynne, Orbison, PettyThat path, the journey, is never a straight line, and while it is ours individually, we never travel it completely alone. With...
Empowerment - the Next Steps
Last month I wrote about the prerequisites for empowerment, and promised that I would continue the conversation.  This topic naturally leads me to the biggest stumbling block that most leaders face on the road to empowerment - letting go. I bet anyone in a leadership role out there will know...
The Cultural Equation
“There’s some good in this world Mr. Frodo-and it’s worth fighting for.”  –Samwise Gamgee, Lord of the Rings Long before I had ever heard of, or understood, the concept of the hero’s journey as the path to personal growth and transformational change, I was a fan of the Lord of the...
Got Culture?
“If you get the culture right, most of the other stuff will just take care of itself.” -Tony Hsieh, CEO of Zappos.com   What’s the first description that comes to mind when you think about your organization’s culture? Exciting? Empowering? Enviable? Perhaps it sometimes feels like a three-ring circus or the inmates are...
The Law of Attraction
"The energy of the mind is the essence of life."-Aristotle      Do you ever have the sense, in your own universe filled with optimism, hope, and amazing experiences, that you just cannot do anything right? Sometimes it seems like we have both the “kick me” sign on our back and...
How to Move an Organization
"An organization develops along with its people...no one can increase someone else's personal mastery. We can only set up conditions which encourage and support people who want to increase their own." Peter M. Senge, et al., The Fifth Discipline Fieldbook What does it take to move an organization? What would make...

The Leadership Maker

By Ralph Twombly

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  • Preparation for Building a Culture

    Preparation for Building a Culture

    Before we pull the curtain to reveal the magic of building a culture, it will help to disclose a few discoveries I made while working with three developing organizations.

  • Every Year Tells a Story

    Every Year Tells a Story

    As the holiday season makes its annual comet-like appearance and 2021 quickly draws to a close, I hope the year has been good to you and you are brimming with excitement for 2022.

  • The Pillars of Organizational Culture

    The Pillars of Organizational Culture

  • Magic - What is in this book?

    Magic - What is in this book?

    Organizational culture building is here to stay for so many reasons but the most important is that it creates business that people love to work at.

  • Dunning Kruger Effect

    Dunning Kruger Effect

    n the field of psychology, the Dunning–Kruger effect is a cognitive bias in which people of low ability have illusory superiority and mistakenly assess their cognitive ability as greater than it is.

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