Makarios Consulting Blog

Culture by Intention or Culture by Default?

Corporate culture can be created in one of two ways: by intention or by default. The corollary is that if you don’t create a positive corporate culture by intention, you may end up with a negative corporate culture by default. We were once called into a company to help a brand new leader because he … Continue reading Culture by Intention or Culture by Default?

Corporate Culture Starts at the Top

“The culture of a company is the behavior of its leaders. Leaders get the behavior  they exhibit and tolerate. You change the culture of the company by changing the behavior of its leaders.” – Larry Bossidy & Ram Charan, Execution: The Discipline of Getting Things Done   One company’s culture is characterized by blaming, negativity, and disengagement. … Continue reading Corporate Culture Starts at the Top

Why You Must Confront Toxic Superstars

You’ve met toxic superstars. He’s the killer developer, spinning out innovative code that generates big-time bucks for the business – but he’s arrogant, cocky, and entitled to the nth degree. She’s the account rep who uses her highly advanced persuasion skills with prospects and effortlessly breaks every sales goal – but she treats her co-workers … Continue reading Why You Must Confront Toxic Superstars

Right People, Right Seats

A key ingredient in the recipe for business success is to have the right people in the right seats. That is, you want people who are aligned with your core values – the right people – and you want them in positions where they are effective and working at a very high level – the … Continue reading Right People, Right Seats

Driving Energy with Accountability

For too many people in the corporate world, “accountability” is a loaded word: loaded, that is, with negative baggage. It conjures up images of bosses who speak sternly to those of lower rank, holding some shortcoming over their heads. For this reason, the thought of “accountability” makes many people cringe. This, however, is not a … Continue reading Driving Energy with Accountability

Millennials: They’re Just Like Everybody Else

“The single biggest decision you make in your job – bigger than all the rest – is who you name manager. When you name the wrong person manager, nothing fixes that bad decision. Not compensation, not benefits – nothing.” –Jim Clifton, CEO Gallup Inc. contributor Marcel Schwantes published an article last June about why employees … Continue reading Millennials: They’re Just Like Everybody Else