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Having a meaningful purpose or being a “purpose-driven” company has become a popular notion in business today.  Most leaders know they need to “start with why.”  And now, nearly 200 CEOs of leading American firms have signed the “Statement on the Purpose of a Corporation” with the Business Roundtable, stating that the purpose of a corporation […]

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All talk, no action — it doesn’t work with customers and it doesn’t work with employees.  If all you do is talk about making changes, but they don’t see them, then your efforts go to waste. This point was driven home at the Culture First conference by Culture Amp that I recently invited as a […]

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If you’re like me, you probably think that employee experience (EX) ends at the end of employment.  But I’ve recently become aware of the value of employee alumni networks — and many companies are as well.  Not only might an alumni network help improve EX, it can deliver benefits in the precise areas most needed […]

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All the changes that customer experience (CX) improvement tends to involve — new systems and technology, process and operations changes, different organizational culture, etc. – can seem overwhelming.  And sometimes it’s hard to know what the priority should be.  But according to CX leader Devon Westerholm, you really only need to do this one thing […]

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In this era of unicorns and hot IPOs, it’s easy to get caught up in the stories of start-up successes.   But start-up failures are far more common.  The folks at CB Insights found that 70% of upstart tech companies fail.  And consumer hardware startups fail even more frequently, with 97% ultimately dying or becoming “zombies.” […]

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If you expect your employees to do what they can to build your brand, then you better make sure they’re equipped with the knowledge, skills, and resources to do so.  This makes sense, but according to my employee brand engagement assessment research, most business leaders approach employee brand engagement with little more wishful thinking. […]

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Most people readily agree that self-help works for individuals, but does self-help work for business teams?  Consultants Al Cini and Mark Iorio say yes — emphatically. They are the founders of the Brand and Culture Alignment Toolkit (BCAT) and they’ve successfully taken more than 1500 participants in groups of all kinds and sizes through a […]

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How are brands such as Amazon, Facebook, Tesla, and Salesforce doing?  These brands were among those I had flagged last December as “Brands to Watch in 2018,” my most popular post of last year.  Given that a very eventful six months have passed, it seems appropriate to provide updates on how these “brands to watch” […]