XPLANE xBlog visual thinking http://xblog.xplane.com XPLANE http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss en-us Sat, 10 Dec 2016 12:26:09 -0700 email@addresshere.com Sat, 10 Dec 2016 12:26:09 -0700 Five Reasons Why You Should Communicate with Your Employees Using Visuals http://xblog.xplane.com/five-reasons-why-you-should-communicate-with-your-employees-using-visuals/ It’s time to normalize the work doodle. We’ve seen it: the CEO of a Global 2000 company at the whiteboard drawing stick figures and lines. Or the well-renowned leaders of a national logistics company doodling themselves as superheroes. For most organizations, these kind of habits are completely out of the ordinary. But why? If your ideas can’t be drawn, they can’t be done. In 20+ years of experience... It’s Your Culture, Not Your Compensation Program That’s Broken http://xblog.xplane.com/its-your-culture-not-your-compensation-program-thats-broken/ I recently read Todd Zenger’s article in Harvard Business Review, “The Case Against Pay Transparency.”  Mr. Zenger makes great point after great point about how a transparent pay program can destroy a culture. He argues that opening up pay conversations and information with employees can lead to a culture of politicking, division, and disengagement. Zenger isn’t wrong. If your organization is pocked... Inspiring Thought Partners: CANDOR Consulting’s Tish Squillaro http://xblog.xplane.com/inspiring-thought-partners--candor-consultings-tish-squillaro/ We frequently talk with executives and team leaders about the importance empathy plays in fully understanding their employees and customers. But, often times, people forget that when it comes to the inner workings of their company, they should work to understand both the emotions of the employees as well as their own thoughts, feelings, and issues. We chatted with Tish Squillaro, leading lady behind CANDOR Consulting, radio regular on Women... Creating a New Company Culture: Three Steps to Overcome the Top Challenges with Culture Change http://xblog.xplane.com/creating-a-new-company-culture--three-steps-to-overcome-the-top-challenges-with-culture-change/ I’ve never met a senior leader who didn’t acknowledge the importance of culture. We all agree it is vital. There are numerous examples in multiple domains—not just in business but in war, sports, and social change. It has been demonstrated over and over that culture is a more powerful force-multiplier than money, power, or superior technology.  Superior business culture is the most-often cited factor in business success... Three Exercises For Creating High Performing Teams http://xblog.xplane.com/three-exercises-for-creating-high-performing-teams/ A great team can produce results beyond any one star performer. And we’ve seen in the sports world how a team of individual all-stars doesn’t always equal an all-star team. What makes a team effective? Why do some teams make one another stronger while others tear each other down? Can you fix one that’s broken? I became fascinated with this topic about a year ago and began reading all I could on it. I started interviewing... Pop-Up XPLANE Recap: Our Design Thinking Discussion, Visualized http://xblog.xplane.com/pop-up-xplane-recap--our-design-thinking-discussion-visualized/ For our third night of our Pop-Up XPLANE adventure in Detroit, we hosted a panel of brainiacs at DC3 to discuss their worlds of design. Our Creative Director Roel Uleners was joined by Sarah White, Gensler's Design Strategist, and Christopher Patten, Henry Ford Learning Institute's Associate Director of Design Thinking to dive into the inner workings of design thinking and what it really means to have design in your... What Books Shape the Way You Work? http://xblog.xplane.com/what-books-shape-the-way-you-work/ We recently asked the XPLANE studio, "What books most shape the way you work?" and rather than sharing a boring, bullet-pointed list, our associate creative director, Tim May turned the results into a beautifully designed infographic. We're curious what books you think we're missing or you're surprised about. Let us know! Happy reading! Four Steps to Implement a Sustainability Team at Your Office http://xblog.xplane.com/four-steps-to-implement-a-sustainability-team-at-your-office-/ This fall we officially launched BAT, XPLANE’s Betterment Action Team. BAT’s cross-functional team was formed to enact more environmentally conscious practices in-house and explore new opportunities for community outreach and involvement. Launching BAT didn’t happen overnight though.    Just over a year ago I began work at XPLANE, coming most recently from an energy and sustainability management firm called Ecova... Interview with Denise Paine, New Vice President of Accounts http://xblog.xplane.com/interview-with-denise-paine-new-vice-president-of-accounts/ FIVE FUN FACTS: 1.  I’m an award winning cartoonist 2.  I was an Intelligence Officer in the Army 3.  I used to barrel race horses, now I’m just recreational 4.  I grew up (summers) on an island without electricity and water 5.  I used to live in Germany and studied in Vienna, Austria & Eastern Europe Your favorite vacation destination? Why?  Europe. I love the culture.   Three... Talking About Performance Management with Tamra Chandler http://xblog.xplane.com/talking-about-performance-management-with-tamra-chandler/ You know the zombie-like feeling you get at the end of a long conference?  Where even the tallest cup of joe will not perk you up? That was the feeling I had before walking into Tamra Chandler’s talk on Radically Rethinking Performance Management for the 21st Century at a recent Society For Human Resource Management (SHRM) conference. 90 minutes into the PeopleFirm’s CEO’s presentation (coffee untouched, eyes glued to the...