Culture Catalyst Blog & Articles

Toxic Cultures Impede Critical Thinking

I’ve had a series of encounters as a customer lately that shed new light on characteristics of toxic culture. They demonstrate that a toxic cultures impede critical thinking. The Home Security Company My first experience involved home security. I sat on the ...

5 Signs Your Culture is Toxic

Organizational leaders these days almost universally claim their commitment to a culture that nurtures and supports talent, innovation, engagement and loyalty. Yet many of these same leaders are, in fact, operating in environments that are more toxic than supportive. The Trouble ...

Ownership and Culture

In my experience, organizations can only create a consistently positive patient experience when they foster a culture of ownership. This starts when leaders help every employee to see his connection to the organization’s success. It requires a mindset that is ...

Your Culture May Not Be Ready for Best Practices

I recently spoke with a CEO, who was venting his frustration over their poor patient satisfaction scores. He gave me a whole list of best practices they had tried, but didn’t stick. Hearing this once or twice a week in ...

Protect Your Culture Against Negativity

The COVID vaccine has dominated the news for weeks as we celebrate frontline workers receiving the long-awaited injections, to protect them.  As a former public health nurse, I am a staunch believer in vaccines. They protect us against nasty viruses that ...

3 Ways to Keep Millennial Employees Engaged

It’s not unusual to hear Boomer leaders lamenting about how quickly Millennial workers leave positions for new opportunities. The truth is, these are two very different generations with very different life experiences. Rather than disparaging the entire Millennial workforce, it’s ...

What’s Next?

Posted by Kristin Baird That is a question weighing on everyone’s minds today. As more and more news reports tell us there will be no “getting back to normal”. We must ask; what is the new normal? Good question, but no ...

Deal Breakers and Hot Buttons

Posted by Kristin Baird All of us need to be in touch with our core values, but leaders, in particular, need to be crystal clear about what they define as deal-breakers in their working relationships. When I am coaching healthcare leaders, one ...

You won’t get far without direction

Posted by Kristin Baird When it comes to setting the course for transforming culture, you won’t get far until you know where you’re going. What’s your vision for the culture of the future? Can you describe it? How do people behave ...