THRUUE POINTS BLOG

Of New Presidents, Echo Chambers, and Psychological Safety

By Daniel Forrester, CEO

It’s been four weeks since the 2016 Presidential election was decided. Donald Trump will become our 45th President in January. I have been thinking deeply about what his Presidency will mean for CEOs around the country as well as the future of strategy and company culture. As you read this issue of THRUUE Points, I […]

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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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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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Celebrating the Fourth Year of THRUUE

By Daniel Forrester, CEO

While articles have been written and reliable frameworks created, there is no true blueprint for creating a company, building a brand, or attracting great people to join in a mission. Randomness has as much impact on an organization as does its stated goals or a clearly defined vision. This month marks the 4th anniversary of THRUUE. […]

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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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A Blueprint for Successful CEO Transition

By Daniel Forrester, CEO

Over the past three years, THRUUE has offered executive briefings to busy C-suite leaders in both for- and not-for-profit sectors. This month, we are pleased to share the publication of our first official THRUUE MEMORANDUM. Similar to a white paper, this memo distills what we have learned from successful (and not-so-successful) CEO transitions. While the […]

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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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