Category Archives: Organizational Culture

Are you intrinsically motivated? Really?

It’s easy to think you are, but your behav­ior might tell a dif­fer­ent sto­ry. For exam­ple, if you find your­self work­ing 24/7. It could be that you love your work, that you feel you are mak­ing a con­tri­bu­tion to some­thing big­ger than your­self and that at the core you are help­ing oth­ers with­out ask­ing for […]

The Master Blows It Out

Lead­ing is more or less drenched in the assump­tions of indi­vid­u­al­ism.  At least in Unit­ed States cul­ture, the tra­di­tion­al belief is that lead­ing oth­ers depends on hav­ing a strong, clear sense of self, one that is more or less unas­sail­able by cir­cum­stances or the arbi­trary per­cep­tions of oth­ers. Even when there is an awareness — […]

Transactional Work and Adopted Passivity

The notion that work rela­tion­ships can be either trans­ac­tion­al or trans­for­ma­tion­al has been around for a long time. Trans­ac­tion­al work rela­tion­ships are rela­tion­ships where the focus is on the trade of time, effort, or results for mon­ey. Work is a con­tract and the terms are pri­mar­i­ly about the tasks and the rewards. Trans­for­ma­tion­al work relationships, […]

Meta-Time

It’s often the thing need­ed most but, giv­en how busy we are, it’s the last thing we give time to: eval­u­at­ing how our time and ener­gies are being used. Are we work­ing on the right stuff? In the right way? Do we have the right peo­ple in the room? What is our real sta­tus? Our […]