Category: Blog

An Event Recap of Strike the Match: A Culture Conversation

Blog, Culture
By Eliot Johnson

On May 2nd, The Clearing hosted the first in a series of conversations about culture in the workplace. In our inaugural event, Strike the Match, we talked about how to drive a peak performance culture, and challenged the audience to consider two important questions: What are the levers for peak performance, and where is your […]

Four Barriers to Creating Your Desired Workplace Culture (and How to Overcome Them)

Blog, Workplace
By Rebecca Gaynor

“I want my organization to be more collaborative.” “I want to reduce organizational silos and improve performance.” “I want an innovative culture.” “I want people to truly embody our organizational identity and culture in the work they do.” Sound familiar? We hear statements like these a lot from our clients at The Clearing. Often, they […]

The Link between Physical Workplace and Organizational Culture (and Why It’s Important)

Blog, Business, Culture, Workplace
By Rebecca Gaynor

Search for “culture in the workplace” books on Amazon.com, and you will receive over 7,000 results. Culture is a huge topic of interest for anyone passionate about the success of their organization, and at The Clearing, we’ve made culture our business. But why is culture important? Research shows that organizations with “good” cultures outperform their […]

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USAF’s Human-Centric Approach to Problem Solving

Blog
By Travis Wright

The United States Air Force (USAF) has recently made innovative moves under the leadership of Secretary Heather Wilson–taking an outside-the-box approach to solving some of the vexing challenges that the service continues to face. Necessity is often the mother of invention, and service leadership is getting creative in addressing challenges… in some cases, revisiting concepts, […]

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6 Best Practices to Facilitate Successful Meetings [Part 2]

Blog, Business, Leadership
By Tara Carcillo

In part one of this two-part blog series, “Nine Best Practices to Design Meetings that Produce Results”, we touched on the importance of having a designated facilitator to lead meetings. Meeting facilitation is the process of designing and running a successful meeting of the minds, and the management of a process to meet the goals […]

9 Best Practices to Design Meetings that Produce Results [Part 1]

Blog, Ideas, Workplace
By Tara Carcillo

According to Atlassian, U.S. workers waste about 31 hours per month in meetings. Many studies indicate that time wasted in meetings is one of the most costly problems in every industry, across every organization. In order to help you eliminate wasted time in meetings, we’ve compiled a list of nine critical requirements that, if followed, […]

How to Engage Front-Line Employees to Hear and Relay the Voice of the Customer

Blog

Providing an exceptional customer experience is more important than ever before. Consumers won’t think twice about taking their business to a competitor if they have a poor customer experience with your brand. According to Bain & Co, a customer is 4 times more likely to buy from a competitor if the problem is service-related vs. […]

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How to Manage the Gap Between Vision and Current Reality

Blog
By Chris McGoff

Peak performance cultures maintain a felt sense of creative tension. Peter Senge, author of The Fifth Discipline, says creative tension is the “gap between vision and current reality. It is a source of energy. If there were no gap, there would be no need for any action to move towards the vision.” Creative tension can […]

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