Trek Bikes grew out of one man’s belief that he could build a different kind of company. In a barn in southern Wisconsin, Dick Burke instilled the simple principles that continue to guide the company as it has grown into a worldwide brand: build things that last and leave a legacy of positive change. [click to continue…]


51r8u6wtpiL._SX329_BO1,204,203,200_Culture eats strategy for breakfast.
-Peter Drucker

Many leaders and aspiring leaders think their skills and strategies are what create impact, and that perks and parties are what create culture. But in reality a much larger part is created by the leader’s energy in every moment of truth. When you kick off a meeting or a conference call, when a problem occurs, when you’re asking the team to come up with a breakthrough in a short period of time … it’s moments like those when your energy shapes the culture of your organization. If your energy is consistently and authentically optimized for the moment, you will create the impact and culture you’re hoping for. [click to continue…]


128: How to Shape Culture to Drive Performance | with Lindsay McGregor

January 15, 2016

Most business leaders today realize that a strong organizational culture is critical to success. However, culture tends to feel like some magic force that few leaders know how to control. So most leaders try to shape culture based on their intuition, leave it to chance, or try carrot-and-stick approaches to drive performance. To find a […]

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105: Best Place to Work: The Art and Science of Creating an Extraordinary Workplace | with Ron Friedman

February 1, 2015

As a leader, how can you create a great place to work that not only attracts great people but also promotes smarter thinking, greater innovation, and stronger performance? As you probably already know, there’s a popular annual survey about great places to work that boils everything down to trust. But is there more to it […]

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4 Practical Steps for Developing Culture

February 13, 2013

Once upon a time, investment services firm Camelot Portfolios was just Darren and Steve. The two guys were near opposites – Darren, the creative visionary, and Steve, the practical get-it-done guy (ENFP and INTJ, respectively, for those of you who speak Meyer-Briggs). But the combination was a great formula, and they got along well together. […]

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023: How to Be Both Culture-Driven and Results-Driven | with Steve Hanley

February 7, 2013

Our guest on this episode is Steve Hanley, co-founder and portfolio manager for investment services firm Camelot Portfolios. After several years of steady growth, Camelot has been growing rapidly the last few years. Although Steve has long been a student of leadership principles, leading their rapidly growing team has meant that Steve has been finding […]

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020: How to Develop an Effective Culture

January 17, 2013

In this episode, Jesse and Marty answer an important question from a listener. “I’ve heard what thought leaders like Jim Collins and Patrick Lencioni have to say,” Steve asks, “but it just seems like theory when I think about how to apply it to our team. What practical things can we do today to develop […]

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