BUSYNESS…the New Emotion

September 5, 2018By Mike MillerCulture

Think about the last time you talked to someone, maybe a friend, work colleague or family member, you hadn’t seen in a while. When you asked them how they have been how did they respond? How did you respond when they asked you? It usually goes something like this: “Hey there! How are you?” “Well, … Read More

Our Business Is Not Warm And Fuzzy

April 14, 2016By Mike MillerCulture, Leadership, Team Effectiveness

We often bump into the idea that the kind of work we do at Forte is perceived as “warm and fuzzy” by businesspeople. (My friend Shawn just expressed something similar on his site.) The work we do isn’t “fuzzy” or “soft,” but this is quite a persistent myth. Let me explain why it’s untrue—and more importantly, why it’s … Read More

No One Is Replaceable

April 7, 2016By Mike MillerCulture, Engagement, Leadership

This article was originally posted on Fast Company If you’re like me, you’ve probably heard many variations of it throughout your work career: “Everyone is replaceable.” In practice, it sounds like this… “If you don’t want to do the job, there are hundreds—maybe thousands!—of people who are desperate for work and we’ll go find them.” … Read More

Encourage The Impossible

March 24, 2016By Mike MillerCulture, Future Of Work, Strengths

For me doing practically anything an Olympic athlete does is impossible. For me, building the financial models that power big companies is impossible. For me, playing in the NFL is impossible. (Don’t believe me, download a few photos.) It’s true that I don’t know how to do any of these things, but it’s not just … Read More

The Workplace Energy Crisis

October 29, 2015By Mike MillerCulture, Engagement

I recently read a blog post on the Chief Learning Officer website on the subject of energy in the workplace, that I feel is worthy of reposting. Written by Kate Everson, it features a light-hearted reference to the animated minions featured in the Dreamworks Animation movies. In this post, Kate quotes Brady Wilson, author of “Beyond … Read More

How Do You Create An Awesome Company?

August 20, 2015By Mike MillerCulture

[This article was originally posted on joshallan.com on April 7, 2014] // Awhile back, I was invited into a circle of work revolutionaries who are drafting a “declaration” that accurately describes the essence of the global movement we’re seeing towards more life-giving organizations. Not a Declaration of Independence, but a “Declaration of Awesome Companies,” if … Read More

What If Gen Y Isn’t The Problem?

August 19, 2015By Mike MillerCulture

When I started writing Igniting the Invisible Tribe, I began my research by studying generations in the workplace. I wanted to see if age-related conflicts could be the cause of the epic friction we feel in business today. While I eventually dismissed generational contrast as a root cause, I continue to hear about the difficulties … Read More