Vision and Values

Helping employees see how their role contributes to the success of the company

The Power of Respect to Boost Employee Productivity

Does productivity increase when employees feel respected? An unintentional finding in the classic Hawthorne experiments points to yes. In the late 1920s/early 1930s, engineers at Western Electric tested their theory that better lighting would improve productivity of factory workers. To […]

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Internal Magazines Can Make Heroes of Employees — And Promote the Culture You Want

Employees, like everyone else, enjoy their 15 minutes of fame. Internal magazines focused on culture, vision and values can feature employees in meaningful ways, through interviews, feature articles, Q & A columns, roundtables and employee spotlights. For instance, in an […]

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Balancing Privacy and Technology

“Technology has further challenged our sense of personal sovereignty.” That quote, taken from a study conducted by Steelcase and published by the Harvard Business Review, really struck a chord with me. Technology can be a wonderful connector. It can cross continents […]

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Just how aspirational should a company mission/vision statement be?

At Tribe, we often say that the primary goal of internal communications is to help align the actions of employees with the company’s mission and vision.  If the mission defines the ultimate goal of an organization, the vision provides a […]

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Liberia: Where Company Values Slam Up Against Tough Decisions

When Tribe works with clients to define their company values, we sometimes challenge them to eliminate all but those they’d adhere to no matter what —  even under the most stressful of circumstances. Would that value stick even when it […]

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The Silent Silo: Top Corporate Management vs Everybody Else

If you asked employees to list the most common silos in your company, would you expect them to mention executive leadership vs. employees? In Tribe’s recent survey with employees of large companies, this silo was the fourth most frequently selected option, […]

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Corporate Values: Are they up to leadership or employees?

Can management just dictate values? Or are values something determined by employees? It’s an ongoing debate in internal communications circles. At Tribe, we’d say a little bit of both. Top leadership should be sharing a clear vision for the company, and […]

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How to Prevent Chaos During Massive Company Change

Microsoft announced this morning that they would be cutting almost 18,000 jobs over the next year. And that was the first smart thing they did in regards to the layoffs that account for more than 14% of their global workforce. They […]

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Five Tips to Plan a Successful Launch Event

When announcing a new initiative or change, Tribe often recommends an event, big or small, to help create excitement and increase engagement around the communication. We’ve planned and executed all kinds of events from breakfast meetings to week-long barbecues, and […]

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Keeping the Culture Alive When the Company is Growing Quickly

As companies grow, either through acquisitions or organic growth, the job of protecting the culture grows more difficult — and also more critical. At Tribe, we often tell clients that if you don’t guide the culture, you’re leaving an important element […]

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