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Diversity and Universal Design

In 2015, a study published in Nature Climate Change concluded that many women do indeed work in an excessively chilly climate. The study was not about gender inequality in the workplace. In this case, the researchers were actually measuring the temperature of offices. Every summer, office temperatures plunge as air conditioners are cranked up. Ironically, for many women, this means toting sweaters and scarves to…

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How Culture Hinges on Habitat

A growing number of businesses now recognize that changing one’s corporate culture can drive innovation, increase productivity and create a more collaborative and transparent workplace. Unfortunately, all too often, cultural changes fail to take off or take hold. Why? The answer is simple. Too many organizations fail to recognize that culture hinges on habitat or organizational design. In short, too many organizations fail to recognize…

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Start With Culture

“If you get the culture right, most of the other stuff will just take care of itself.” -Tony Hsieh (CEO of Zappos.com) There is a prevailing perception in business that the best way to tackle problems is to fix one’s organizational culture. Of course, this raises at least two questions. First, what is culture? And second, can one fix culture, or is culture something transformed…

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Fear is the Only Failure

“Fail faster, succeed sooner” -David Kelley (Entrepreneur) Fear is a naturally occurring emotion but by no means an emotion fit for every situation. From an organizational perspective, then, understanding how fear circulates and impacts group dynamics and productivity is critical. Psychologist Silvan Tomkins—a recognized expert on the psychology of emotions—once observed that fear is an emotion for “life’s emergencies and death situations.” For this reason,…

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Lead With Culture

“The role of a creative leader is not to have all the ideas; it’s to create a culture where everyone can have ideas and feel that they’re valued.” -Sir Kenneth Robinson (Educationalist) In the 1970s, downtown neighborhoods across the United States were in an economic and social downfall. After decades of steady migration to the suburbs, many of the nation’s downtown neighborhoods had been all…

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THE CORPORATE BLUEPRINT

The power of people sharing common goals, values, vision, passion & direction. Beyond joining forces to achieve a company’s bottom line, the corporate world was historically not a place where people came together to promote broader goals, visions, passions, and directions. In the mid-20th century, family, community, and houses of worship were more likely to be embraced as vehicles for change than corporate environments. In short, work was work—a…

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THE POWER OF THE PEOPLE

We can succeed only when we support each other, learn from each other, sacrifice for each other, are truthful with each other, rely on each other, trust each other, and are accountable to each other. Here at Design Republic, we believe in the power of people. In our view, people succeed only when we support each other, learn from each other, sacrifice for each other, are truthful with each…