Articles

Mar
10

The Culture of Strategic Planning

Associations love their strategic plans. It’s typically a given that associations should all have strategic plans, and when you get right down to it, the structure and sometimes the actual content of strategic plan is similar across many associations. Let me guess: Your association has three main pillars of your plan that are some version […]

By Jamie Notter | Transform Culture
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Mar
01

Why Your Mission Statement Needs to Go

The typical problem with Mission Statements is that they are generic, very broad and not memorable. Most importantly, Mission Statements attempt to combine the underlying purpose of the organization with its method of advancing that purpose. This is problematic because as methods change over time, the Mission Statement needs to be redone. Something as critical to […]

By Amith Nagarajan | Transform Culture
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Feb
27

8 ways to have a truly awesome organizational culture

We’ve provided a clear definition of culture and showed how that impacts behavior, as well as how it should impact the success of your association. You got to see how the leader of a very strong culture approaches the task, and then we discussed the link between culture and attracting and retaining the best talent. We challenged assumptions […]

By Jamie Notter | Transform Culture
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Feb
26

What is organizational culture? And how does it drive success?

One of the main sources of resistance I get against a more disciplined approach to organizational culture is that it is hard to define. It’s vague. It’s squishy. It’s complex. It means different things to different people. While it is complex, here’s what I have found to be a pretty clear definition: CULTURE IS THE […]

By Jamie Notter | Transform Culture
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Feb
26

It Doesn’t Take Years to Change Your Culture

I was at an event recently for association CEOs on finding and keeping top talent. The topic of culture was raised repeatedly (yay!), but in the middle of the panel discussion, a CEO of a large and successful association dropped this bomb (not a direct quote, but my paraphrase of what she said): It takes […]

By Jamie Notter | Transform Culture
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Feb
26

How to embed your core values

On the “love” side, I’ve seen many different organizations that I respect greatly — organizations with truly outstanding cultures — which not only have core values, but firmly believe they anchor an outstanding culture. They reference them frequently, at all levels inside the organization. They live them. On the “hate” side, however, I have also […]

By Jamie Notter | Transform Culture
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Feb
26

The Only Point of Culture is Driving Success

Here’s a basic truth: everyone wants a “positive” culture. This is most certainly true if you’re in charge in an association. You want to be able to say that the culture there is good or positive—maybe even cool, fun, or awesome. Right? WRONG. I understand the desire to have a positive culture — it’s certainly […]

By Jamie Notter | Transform Culture
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Feb
26

Interview: Mark Anderson

Today’s interview is with Mark Anderson, CEO at the American Society for Surgery of the Hand. ASSH is one of our favorite case studies of organizations with awesome cultures, and was featured in the Digital chapter of our book When Millennials Take Over. If you want to read more, this chapter is included for you here. [Maddie […]

By Maddie Grant | Transform Culture
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Feb
26

If you want great talent, you need a great culture

I assume you’ve all heard the expression, “People don’t leave organizations—they leave managers.” I get it: managers do matter and can have a big impact on the experience of an employee. But when you leave an organization because of a manager, in many cases, that manager is simply doing what that organizational culture expects of […]

By Jamie Notter | Transform Culture
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Feb
26

Maddie’s February Culture Picks

ONCE A MONTH, I’LL ROUND UP SOME LINKS TO POSTS FROM AROUND THE INTERNET ON OUR CULTURE TOPIC OF THE MONTH. HERE’S THIS MONTH’S READING LIST: Creating Culture: An Imperfect Recipe (Andy Dunn, CEO of Bonobos) “Most of the time when you need something at a company, you make it. If you want to sell a […]

By Maddie Grant | Transform Culture
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