Developing Leaders Articles

Recipe for a Sustainable Culture

By Kathy Miller on October 12th, 2015

Sustainable companies, by definition, outshine the others no matter what the measure – financial, innovation, etc.  (see article).   And we know that successful and sustainable companies, compared with their less successful counterparts, demonstrate a greater commitment to environmental, social and governance policies and practices (ESG).  And guess what else differentiates these companies?  Organization culture and leadership […]


Flexibility: Culture Matters More Than Policy

By Meredith Lepley on April 16th, 2015

A friend of mine started a new job recently and negotiated the amount and type of flexibility she’d receive, even requesting that it be written into her employment contract. According to 1 Million for Work Flexibility, she’s not alone. More and more job candidates perceive flexibility as currency and are negotiating for it in the […]


How to Thrive at Work: Tips for You and Your Employees

By Meredith Lepley on April 16th, 2015

Do you love what you do? I do. One of the tasks that I particularly enjoy is conducting employee surveys for organizations. Conducting these surveys, relaying important information about employee satisfaction and engagement to organizational leaders, and helping them initiate changes that will improve the lives of their employees gives me a wonderful sense of […]


The Power of Employee Engagement Surveys

By Meredith Lepley on March 6th, 2015

According to World at Work, a recent study finds that a whopping 43% of Millennials plan to actively look for a new job in 2015. Nearly half of Millennials are not fully engaged with their current organizations because their personal values do not line up with those of their organization. How about the Millennials at […]


Let’s Talk Turkey!

By Kathy Miller on December 2nd, 2014

“To discuss a problem in a serious way with an intent to solve it .”  Cambridge Idioms Dictionary, 2nd Edition. Yes I know that Thanksgiving in the USA has come and gone and that we aren’t talking about turkeys anymore – well at least not until Christmas. However, it is never too late to “talk […]


Personal Style, Personality, Motivation — How Can We Learn About Others?

By Kathy Miller on August 21st, 2014

How many personality, personal style, and motivational tests have you taken in your workplace?  Chances are you have thus far taken at least one or two of these types of assessments during the span of your career.  Today it is difficult to find an organization that doesn’t throw around categories or acronyms to describe the […]


Beware of the Vanilla Organization!

By Kathy Miller on August 21st, 2014

Don’t get me wrong – I like vanilla ice cream!  However, I don’t want to eat it every day and it isn’t the only flavor that appeals to my family members and guests.     So I must make sure that I keep ingredients in my pantry that can produce a variety of flavors of homemade ice […]


It Takes All Kinds

By Kathy Miller on August 21st, 2014

When August rolls around, I tend to think about ice cream.  I grew up in rural Indiana where homemade ice cream was the mark of a wonderful summer evening.  So this month, I find myself reflecting on the many amazing flavors of ice cream that comprise my summer treats. And…….. Just as ice cream comes […]


Communicating a Clear Vision: Your Proxy for Effective Leadership in achieving Corporate Sustainability

By Kathy Miller on June 16th, 2014

Leaders:  What is the most important step that you can take to positively impact sustainability in your organization? Answer:  Develop and communicate a clear vision for sustainability. Our research on the role of leadership and culture in executing sustainability strategies finds that the clarity of  leaders’ vision for sustainability predicts how their employees view them […]


Organizational Culture: Three Reasons Why You Should Care About It

By Kathy Miller on June 15th, 2014

We hear a lot these days about the importance of organizational culture.  So the first question that comes to my mind is this:  What is organizational culture and why does it matter?  Well, there are several disparate views on this subject.  Rather than attempting to define it, some of you might respond,  “I can’t exactly […]