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Is This Thing On? It’s About To Be

By Steve Guglielmo

Every company out there talks about wanting to have a great company culture. It’s not often you hear presidents and CEO’s saying things like “We have a lousy culture, but we’re not worried about it.” Everybody wants to have a great culture. The problem is, culture is kind of a nebulous term. I worked at a company that had people jumping ship left and right. They RAVED about how great their culture was. But if you asked the employees (the ones who remained), you’d get a vastly different story.

This year, MHEDA is all about culture. The MHEDA Convention theme is Culture That Rocks and we’ve got an amazing speaker lineup that will have you excited. Those who attend Convention, April 18-22, 2015 at the JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country Resort & Spa in San Antonio, Texas, and really listen to our all-star list of speakers and implement the things that they talk about will be able to bring their culture from elevator music to a platinum record.

I’ve actually been thinking a lot about culture lately. I live in Western New York, right in the heart of Bills country. And even though I’m not a Bills fan, I’m still very immersed in what the team is doing. Recently, last year’s Head Coach Doug Marrone decided to leave the team, leaving the Bills looking for yet another Head Coach. I joked with my friends that, being the Bills, they’d bring in some boring, never was, uninspired head coach that would continue to churn out mediocre seasons. That’s what the Bills do. So imagine my surprise when the new owners of the team went out and not only got arguably the best Head Coach available in Rex Ryan, but a legitimate attraction who can revitalize the team and the fan base.

Ryan’s introductory press conference was genuine can’t-miss television. And he did not disappoint at all. During the press conference he talked about wanting the Bills to be the bully. He said that teams were going to be afraid to play the Buffalo Bills. Two lines that really summed up the day and the coach were, “Is this thing on? Because it’s getting ready to be” and “I know it’s been 15 years since the Bills made the playoffs, but get ready. We’re going.”

I’m not even a Bills fan and I wanted to run through walls for him. And the players on Twitter were losing their minds.


They couldn’t wait to get out there and hit somebody. On the day Rex Ryan was hired, he completely changed the culture of the Buffalo Bills. If that isn’t a testament to how important culture is, I don’t know what is.

And when you implement the leadership strategies espoused at this year’s MHEDA Convention, your people will be ready to run through walls too. So buckle up, because it’s about to be on.