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October 28, 2020 40 mins

13 sins of the unICONIC: The Sequel
Episode #8

Toxic work cultures make going to work feel miserable. New ideas can’t flourish, people can’t be honest, micro-management thrives, and leaders are given power that go to their heads and fuel their egos. In our last podcast, John and Calvin talked about how to build an ICONIC culture that stands the test of time. 

As a good follow-up (or sequel), this episode provides listeners with a list of 13 telltale signs that your company culture is moving in the wrong direction – and then provide practical solutions to fix them.

  • 0:02:03 - Intro: Toxic Work Environments
  • 0:04:37 - Sin #13: Absence of accountability
  • 0:06:26 - Sin #12: Value for the company over core values
  • 0:09:10 - Sin #11: Lack of investment in people
  • 0:11:27 - Sin #10: Rotating door policy, high turnover, excessive absenteeism, illness
  • 0:13:12 - Sin #9: Preferential treatment; favoritism and office politics
  • 0:15:39 - Sin #8: Productivity is driven by fear
  • 0:17:25 - Sin #7: Management vs. The Us Culture
  • 0:20:56 - Sin #6: Employees have no latitude in performing their jobs
  • 0:24:58 - Sin #5: Power (title and status) over Purpose (contribution to the mission)
  • 0:27:20 - Sin #4: Lack of diversity and inclusion
  • 0:29:39 - Sin #3: There is no community or team spirit
  • 0:32:43 - Sin #2: Employees aren’t appreciated, adequately acknowledged or rewarded
  • 0:33:51 - Sin #1: There are no core values, purpose is unclear or there's no purpose at all
  • 0:37:10 - ICONIC Points

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