Category Archives: Leadership

Learning Culture: A Workplace Environment for Success (Part One)

S. Gill
Dr. Stephen J. Gill— is a guest contributor. An Independent Consultant for Human
Performance

He publishes a blog at:

http://ThePerformanceImprovementBlog.com

Why Your Organization Needs a Learning Culture

Do you want employees to care about their work and their customers and go the extra mile? Do you want employees to improve their ability to contribute to the organization? Do you want employees to be creative and innovative and think about new and better products and services? Do you want employees to be focused on achieving results? Do you want employees who openly discuss ways to improve performance?

If your answer is “yes” to these questions, then you need to develop an organizational culture that supports continuous learning by everyone from the CEO to the hourly employee. HR and training professionals, by themselves, cannot develop this kind of culture. If you’re like most businesses, you rely heavily on these professionals to deliver programs that provide employees with what they need to know to do their jobs, whether that is assembling products, running complex machines, managing teams, or running an entire organization. That model of learning was effective for most of the past century. However, that model does not work for the modern company. Today’s companies require a culture in which everyone is continuously learning as individuals, as teams, and as whole organizations.

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Why do so many great businesses fail?

John Persico Photo 2013 edited 2 (640x423)Dr. John  Persico, since i986, has worked with organizations in both the profit and non-profit sector. He specializes in the area of quality improvement, service management, leadership development, team building and strategic
planning. Received his PhD degree in Training and Organizational Development from the University of Minnesota. He worked closely with Dr. W. E. Deming early in his career. Has taught at the Glob University Graduate School where he continues teaching part time. He has written two books on business strategy including the “TQM Transformation” and “The New Business Values.”

A few years ago, I started thinking about all of the “mistakes” that management and organizations have made. There are several books dealing with the subject and various companies, leaders and managers are noted for the blunders they have made in decision making. For instance, out of the top ten mergers undertaken in the 90’s, eight of them lost money or shareholder value. Not just a little money, but billions and billions of dollars. We are all familiar with other noted disasters such as “New Coke”, Apple’s Newton and Ford’s Edsel. The question I wanted to answer was simply: “what is behind such faulty decision making?” I found an excellent article that looked at the top ten mistakes managers make in decision making. The title of the article was “10 reasons people make stupid decisions.” I have found this article posted on many blogs but I am unable to find the author of the article. The top ten reasons the author lists are:

Attribution error, Illusion of control, Conformity, Availability bias

Endowment effect, Dysfunctional competition, Overconfidence

Confirmation bias, Egocentric bias, Sunk cost bias

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THE BUSINESS ENTERPRISE AND TODAY’S SOCIETY

DRJOHN2Dr. John Psarouthakis, Executive Editor of www.BusinessThinker.com,  publisher of www.GavdosPress.com and Founder and former CEO, JP Industries, Inc., a Fortune 500 industrial corporation.
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In the last two decades we have experienced a fundamental and historic shift of how the economies around the world develop. With the collapse of communism, the centralized and state control model of the economy has also collapsed. Other socialist State models, i.e., Sweden, UK before Margaret Thatcher, have also collapsed. What we have now, however, imperfect it maybe, is the model of the “Free Market.”

This shift is occurring in parallel with two other sociopolitical expressions:

  1. Smaller government, though the last couple years this seems to have moderated quite a bit, and
  2. the need, indeed the demand by our society to provide assistance, protection, and distribution of economic benefits a “fair” way

What we are witnessing is a major shift on “how we can fulfill our expectations of a humanistic society” while we keep the state’s interventions and control power at minimum.

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