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Andrew Faas, Author, The Bully’s Trap: Bullying in the Workplace

Throughout my career as a manager and executive, creating positive high-performing cultures has been core to my success and, by extension, the employees I was responsible for and the organizations I represented. 

During and since the release of my book, The Bully's Trap - Bullying in the Workplace, I have received a lot of pushback from executives who discount the value of a positive culture and consider culture initiatives as a bunch of human resources gobbledygook. What I do agree with on this is: when cultural initiatives are not tied to performance, it usually is gobbledygook.

CEOs are well aware of the ever-changing and often unpredictable world of business. Because of this, organizations and leaders need to adapt quickly. The most successful organizations not only acclimate to change; they are also nimble enough to identify and leverage new opportunities that come with an evolving business landscape.

While it may be a priority to have an agile team, cultivating this in organizational culture will take more work than simply announcing, “We must become more agile!” Agility is a skill that must be intentionally developed and strengthened.

We all want our teams to work quickly and efficiently. But, what most leaders don’t realize is the impact that company culture has on productivity in the workplace. People in their natural state are motivated. It is the job of every person within the culture to create an environment that allows employees to nurture and build their inner motivation versus trying to “motivate” people.

As a leader, you can steer change in your organization’s environment so that your employees feel motivated and empowered to work more effectively by using the “Best Ever” Culture Approach.



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