Potluck Culture Solutions Organizational Culture Design” methodology.

The Five Strategies

Potlucks are about sharing.  People—in this case, people at the workplace—sharing a space, stories, food and company and just getting to know one another.  This philosophy is a part of food cultures the world over and can easily be used as a metaphor for workplace cultures that honor and respect people.  It’s what I call a Potluck Culture: a wholesome workplace where employees are engaged; managers are in sync with how to build and develop their teams; leaders are inspiring and behave as role models; and customers are delighted and captivated. All of the ingredients of a great potluck gathering make for a phenomenal Potluck Culture.

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Potlucks are about sharing.  People—in this case, people at the workplace—sharing a space, stories, food and company and just getting to know one another.  This philosophy is a part of food cultures the world over and can easily be used as a metaphor for workplace cultures that honor and respect people.  It’s what I call a Potluck Culture: a wholesome workplace where employees are engaged; managers are in sync with how to build and develop their teams; leaders are inspiring and behave as role models; and customers are delighted and captivated. All of the ingredients of a great potluck gathering make for a phenomenal Potluck Culture.

  • Hire For Fit

    Recruiting and hiring practices have evolved from administrative-centered and process-oriented staffing practices to Internet-based, self-service recruiting boards, to the emergence of a strategic function within HR known as talent acquisition.  Furthermore, social media has raised the stakes even higher.  Finding the right talent starts with finding the right candidate with the correct fit for the organization.  Companies need to hire wisely and purposefully, using the right tools and techniques.  It is still critical to identify those who best fit the company’s culture.

  • Create a culture of dialogue

    Building a collaborative workplace environment within a culture of mutual respect is now an expectation for all employees—especially millennials and also for the reborn boomer.  Giving feedback and receiving feedback frequently, while linking the feedback to career and learning opportunities, is a wondrous climate for any organization.  It is an absolute must in the modern workplace, which is now proactively demanding it.

  • Take money off the table

    People are smart.  They want to know why they are paid what they are paid.  They also want to know how the rewards—especially base salaries—are determined and set.  There is nothing to hide. Compensation needs to be demystified finally, once and for all.  Doing so takes money off the table and employees (particularly the new class of millennials) will expect this.  They are not purely driven by pay but want to know what’s in it for them in return for their hard work and commitment.

  • Innovate as a habit

    No company wants to be left behind because they failed to innovate.  In today’s workplace, there are many opportunities to take advantage of: welcoming markets, lower interest rates, relaxed offshore borders, lower taxes and deregulation. The stage has never been lit brighter than it is now for companies to innovate.  One only needs to peruse the list of the most innovative companies or best companies to work for to see a plethora of new organizations unheard of only a decade ago.

  • Make work meaningful

    The modern workplace must be redefined.  Not doing so has severe consequences, and organizations risk losing the best and brightest talent.  More than ever before, today’s workers are seeking meaning in their work and expect a lot in this regard from their companies and their leaders.  They want to advance in their careers, learn new skills, do more challenging things and be a relevant and recognized part of their company’s success. The new generation of leaders expects to participate actively in the selection of their work. They expect their contributions to matter.