This year’s best leadership articles

Marcella Bremer Leadership Leave a Comment

All of a sudden the year draws to a close. It went fast! What did you learn? What did you love? What energized you? What would you like more of? This year’s best articles on Positive Leadership might inspire you for a New, Positive work year ahead. The best Positive Leadership Articles Positive Energizers Some people lift you up while …

Humble Leadership: A positive book

Marcella Bremer Culture, Leadership, Positive Power Leave a Comment

Guest Post by Kimberley Barker When you’re looking to be a positive agent or leader in your workplace, here’s a great book for inspiration! That’s why I’m pleased to share this review by my friend Kimberley Barker. The book “Humble Leadership, The Power of Relationship, Openness, and Trust” shares Ed and Peter Schein’s vision of Humble Leadership and the relationship …

A Positive Culture for mergers and acquisitions

Marcella Bremer Culture 2 Comments

Culture matters during mergers and acquisitions. If you can make a positive start, you’ll ease the process of working together. Here’s the case of one of my clients. Because they wish to remain anonymous we’ll call them ET. They acquired a number of other companies and understood that checking the culture would be crucial for success. George Gentry is head …

Appreciative attention for people

Marcella Bremer Culture, Leadership Leave a Comment

“Things weren’t great”, Joyce told me. She’s an internal consultant at a large city municipality with 7,000 staff. Their social department of about 500 people showed alarming absenteeism numbers. This social department helps the unemployed citizens of this city find a job. They offer various training, upgrading of skills, and above all, a network of local employers that are trying …

Case story: Positive Culture, part 2

Marcella Bremer Culture, Leadership, Positive Power 4 Comments

Kanna Krishnan is a “positive agent” and holds a senior position in Human Resources. He is tasked with developing a progressive culture for BTC. That’s why he used the Organizational Culture Assessment Instrument (OCAI) and followed the Positive Culture Academy, as explained in part 1. BTC dreamed and defined their preferred positive culture and ways to stimulate Positive Awareness, Connection …

Hi, have you checked your emails?

Marcella Bremer Culture, Positive Power Leave a Comment

Hi, have you checked your emails? Are you short and to-the-point? Of course, you’re not at work to write a novel in emails. But using salutations in emails isn’t a big thing while the results can be incredible – as both research and practice show! We discuss the research in the online Positive Culture Academy (join us if you want …

Amplify what is working well

Marcella Bremer Culture Leave a Comment

Here’s part 2 of our exploration of what is already working well at work. If we pay attention and energy to what we normally take for granted, and see how we could amplify the good things, the results might dazzle you. What if you could start a positive spiral of small successes and little joys that invigorate yourself and your …

What is going well at work?

Marcella Bremer Culture Leave a Comment

People are wired to notice what goes wrong, what could be a threat, and what is missing. It’s what saved us during our evolution, in times of danger and scarcity. Negative comments, events, mistakes, problems and threats stand out. It’s natural, and often also reinforced by our upbringing and training. Many business schools and managers still focus on solving problems, …

What is the way we do things around here?

Marcella Bremer Culture, Positive Power Leave a Comment

So you think you can change? If your culture needs to change or to improve the place to start is where you are: in current culture. What is the way we do things around here? Understanding the behaviors, but also deeper beliefs and values is essential before you start. What is normal in your current organizational culture? Let’s see some …

How positive is your workplace culture?

Marcella Bremer Culture, Positive Power Leave a Comment

How positive is your current culture, on a scale of 1 to 10? It’s a question that participants of the online Positive Culture Academy work with, if needed. What would your score be, and would you like to improve it? One participant shared: “Maybe a 2 or 3. My current company culture is becoming less and less positive. We had …

Summer reading book tips

Marcella Bremer News Leave a Comment

I know. Not everyone likes to read non-fiction on vacation. It’s great to read an adventure story, a detective, or a novel. However, if you feel you’d like to catch up on culture, leadership, and change here’s my favorite list of non-fiction books at this point. On positive leadership, change, and culture Arbinger Institute, Leadership and Self Deception – Getting …