There's a great new blog post up this week on the Harvard Business Review blog site by Bill Taylor, founder of Fast Company magazine and author of the book Mavericks at Work, entitled Brand is Culture, Culture is Brand .
As I read the post, I couldn't help but smile, as the primary point of the article is one about which I feel strongly. From the article:
The new "power couple" inside the best companies... was an iron-clad partnership between marketing leadership and HR leadership. Your brand is your culture, your culture is your brand.
Bill goes on to describe a speech he gave recently, where a bank executive who was in the audience came up afterward "with a Cheshire cat grin" and handed him a business card. Her title? Senior Vice President of Human Resources and Marketing. Again from the article:
Forget a "partnership" between HR and marketing. At Corner Bank, the two functions report to the same executive. It's a title I'd never seen before, and I asked Jana how her fellow bankers tended to react to...
This is the fourth in a series exploring the things I have learned from the open source way during my journey with Red Hat.
Think about some of the gifts you’ve received in the past year. Some of those gifts probably were wrapped beautifully and brought you great joy and surprise. Other gifts might not have been wrapped in pretty packaging. Some gifts, you might not have appreciated and returned or, dare I say it, perhaps re-gifted.
There are some interesting parallels between getting gifts and getting feedback from your colleagues or peers. Over the years, you may have received some feedback that has positively transformed your life. You also may be given some feedback that you would have rather not have received. Perhaps from time to time you have even “re-gifted” the feedback you have received.
I believe that feedback, both positive and negative and regardless of the wrapping or contents, is a gift. Why?
When someone gives you feedback, it is a sign that the person is engaged, a sign the person cares about you or...