Native American Storyteller

Creating and sustaining culture, a story at a time

After the Chief, in Native American culture the next most important person was the Storyteller. Trusted with the history, myths and spiritual lifeblood of the tribe, they used stories to illustrate what had made them great. Lessons in leadership, honour, love and tragedy were all conveyed through these, creating and sustaining culture over centuries.

If you claim to be innovators or profess to having a no-blame culture; when reality really matches the rhetoric… it builds your culture. Stories like this that I found on build culture…

IBM had survived The Great Depression. Gambling on a post war boom, President, Thomas J Watson Sr. had maintained IBM’s employment levels throughout increasing inventories when there was little demand. Excess machinery and parts crowded basements and filled every nook-and-cranny of the company.

Some on the board of directors, because of this, were lobbying to remove him as IBM’s President.

Thomas needed these inventories sold.

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Adrian Pike - ANESCO

Creating a Great Work Environment – Q &A with Adrian Pike, CEO of ANESCO

ANESCO has seen great success and recognition through their approach to business, including topping the Fast Track 100 in 2014. I recently had the great opportunity to interview Adrian Pike the CEO of ANESCO. ANESCO is a company that has turned business on its head by not focusing on the income of the business, but rather the building of the people within the company.  Here is what Adrian Pike had to say.

Q. What inspired you to set up ANESCO with such a focus on the employee environment?

With my 27 years of experience I wanted to do something completely different that was more values driven. We believe great companies are people-led companies, so we’ve created an environment where people can develop, grow, learn, enjoy, meet and beat their personal aspirations. Since day one we‘ve been inspiring our people, with support and resources to be successful in their careers and with a healthy work/life balance. We achieved Investors in People Gold standard at first assessment and within our first year, which was unheard of. Read more

Organisational Factors Based On The Engage For Success 4 Enablers Of Engagement

Employee Engagement Is Your Job

Employee Engagement Is Your Job

In the recent flurry of interest about employee engagement, there’s been a sharp focus on the role of organisations in bringing about employee engagement, based on a large body of research showing the business benefits of an engaged workforce.  It makes for compelling reading.

Workplace Drivers Of Employee Engagement

Researchers and practitioners have proposed an array of workplace drivers of employee  engagement, including the Engage for Success movement which cites the crucial role of managers in providing a strong narrative, developing and empowering staff and role-modeling the values of the organisation; and the role of the organisation in providing opportunities for employee voice.  All very sound advice.  Other studies go further to list organisational practices and policies including opportunities for flexible work, diversity strategies, communication methods, pay and benefits, the physical working environment and even brand reputation.

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