Let’s kill our corporate culture!

Ever wondered what can kill your corporate culture? There are several obvious attitudes and behaviors that can kill your culture at work. Here is a list that I have compiled:

Mandatory Participation

Forcing employees to participate by calling on names in a meeting will kill creativity.  Do artists create amazing art under pressure?  Forcing people to share their ideas will force sharing to shutdown. This will not only cause you to kill your culture, but it will cause a phenomenon called psychological safety, which means employees will not share, even if they know the answer.

Insecure Executives

Ever had an executive who was insecure and would threaten, blame, and accuse others of mistakes to deflect blame on themselves?  Unfortunately I have noticed this way to often and it always makes me shocked in disbelief.  Executives have been promoted to their position because of their experience,  and skill, they need to trust in their abilities and grow a backbone.  I have great respect for an executive whom is secure, takes responsibility, and is confident.


Gossip can happen in all companies, but participation in gossip re-enforces the behavior, especially if the person gossiping is in a leadership role.  Your team will follow your lead, don’t shoot yourself in the foot with bad behavior!


Have you ever been threatened by your boss?  I was often threatened by my supervisor at a past position, and it made me fear my boss, my job, and my future at the company.  I started to experience headaches, and did not want to go to work.  Should we work with our employees to build their confidence, which will in turn help them love their job?


If leaders are more focused on figuring out who to blame for an issue, than solving the issue, RUN!  Yes, it is important to know who may have caused an issue, which is important, so that the person can be coached.  Finding the person to blame first, and then fixing the issue later, is backwards!

Rude Executives

Have you witnessed an executive being rude to others?  I was once in a meeting and watched our CIO belittle my supervisor in front of everyone.  Causing fear and shaming others is not acceptable.  If we are upset with someone, discuss the situation with them privately.

Public Shaming

Along the same topics as above, public shaming will not build success, but destroy your team.  Recently, I was on a call and a top executive who verbally shamed a project manager for not ensuring that everyone invited to a meeting, was actually on the call.  I felt so bad for the PM, and this taught me that the executive does not have care for people, but for ensuring that the audience is full to hear them speak.

Have you witnessed these behaviors at work?  Let me about your experiences.


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