THRUUE POINTS BLOG

This One Leadership Mistake May Be the Cause of Your Team Dysfunction

By David W. Hasenbalg

CEOs and senior leaders often ask THRUUE to help them deliver on their strategy and vision, and one of the biggest challenges in doing this is understanding what happens AFTER you have your strategy and vision. How do you bring them to life? In short, the answer is nurturing an environment where real teams can […]

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Culture Risk is Real: Where Wells Fargo went wrong and how you can avoid it

By David Hasenbalg and Rhiannon Bell

In September, regulators fined Wells Fargo $185 million for illegally opening two million “unneeded and unwanted” bank and credit card accounts under customers’ names without their consent. CEO John Stumpf, who has since been forced to step down, claimed this was not a culture problem, blaming instead the 5,300 employees who created (and have been […]

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David Hasenbalg Joins THRUUE as Chief Performance Officer

By Daniel Forrester, CEO

It’s with great pleasure that I announce the next phase of THRUUE’s evolution and the arrival of David Hasenbalg, THRUUE’s first Chief Performance Officer and Managing Director. Since THRUUE’s founding, we have helped leadership teams define and model the espoused values of their organization. But as the truism goes, culture eats strategy for breakfast. Individual […]

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Obituary: Annual Performance Review “Ranking” Has Died

By Daniel Forrester, CEO

Annual Performance Review (APR) died last Sunday after a decades-long reign over Human Resources. He is perhaps best remembered for the millions of hours he spent categorizing people into meaningless buckets and alienating workers around the world. Nick-named “Ranking” by his very few friends and confidants, APR had been suffering for the last few years […]

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Summer Reading and Chatting Culture with an “Original”

By Daniel Forrester, CEO

This spring, I attended a talk with Wharton professor of psychology and New York Times writer Adam Grant about his new book: Originals: How Non-Conformists Move the World. In an hour-long dialogue with fellow author Daniel Pink, Grant shared dozens of the examples of originality that he sculpted into his best-seller. Listening required deep concentration and my […]

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Interviewing Our Summer Interns

By Daniel Forrester, CEO

What it’s like to work for THRUUE: Insights from the Summer Interns This summer, we welcomed two analyst interns to the THRUUE Crew: Hasia White and Joshua Blatt, both recent graduates of the University of Richmond. Hasia graduated with a BA in international studies and geography. Joshua graduated with a BA in Leadership Studies and […]

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TALKING THE POWER OF CULTURE WITH THE RANE NETWORK

By Daniel Forrester, CEO

THRUUE believes that culture is a competitive differentiator, and we are not alone. High-performing organizations thoroughly know their cultures and give them sustained, detailed attention from the bottom up and the top down. But while 91% of CEOs believe that culture is important, only 15% believe their own organization’s culture is where it should be—all […]

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Culture and Strategy: The Bike Ride

By Daniel Forrester, CEO

We are big fans of HBR and are delighted that the cover story this month features the headline “You can’t fix culture.” Examining several mergers as examples, the article argues that culture comes along after leaders get their big ideas right and strategies come to life. The article’s introduction explains, “in every case, when the […]

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Strategy & Culture: It takes both to win

By Daniel Forrester, CEO

The interrelationship between strategy (“the choices leaders make to win”) and culture (“the way things are done around here”) can either create value or undermine success for an organization. This interrelationship demands sustained leadership and board level attention, which it too rarely receives before a problem surfaces. Take Volkswagen— the most recent example of a […]

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The “secret sauce” in a high-performing culture

By Daniel Forrester, CEO

THRUUE has long believed that culture is the great differentiator in today’s marketplace. Every product and service is quickly proven to be a commodity, while culture can’t be copied or imported from one group to the next. You can study Zappos, Southwest Airlines, Apple, or others all you want. You can read an endless flow […]

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