We know that strong, positive organizational cultures lead to success. Kyle McDowell believes corporate culture is broken due to decreasing engagement, apathy, bureaucracy, and inauthenticity. He shares with Kevin that cultures of excellence should be based on guiding principles; the truths everyone in the organization aligns with. His 10 principles start with “we” to emphasize responsibility and involvement from the entire team.

Key Points

  • Kyle McDowell defines a culture of excellence. 
  • He discusses his 10 principles to excellence including: WE1 – We do the right things. Always. WE4 – We take action. WE7 – We measure ourselves by outcomes, not activity.

Meet Kyle

Kyle McDowell
  • Name: Kyle McDowell 
  • His Story: Kyle McDowell is the author of Begin With WE: 10 Principles for Building and Sustaining a Culture of Excellence. For nearly three decades, McDowell has amassed an impressive track record of delivering business results while leading tens of thousands of employees at some of America’s largest corporations, including United Health Group, CVS Health, and Bank of America.
  • Worth Mentioning: He founded Kyle McDowell Inc., a global leadership and cultural transformation firm committed to developing authentic and courageous leaders who want to cultivate a better, WE-oriented, work life. He is regularly invited to speak at business, educational, and nonprofit institutions and events. He has been featured in major national publications, such as The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, and Inc. Magazine. McDowell holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of South Florida and an MBA from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management.
Quote Image: Just think, why am I doing what I’m doing right now, and does it drive an outcome for which I’m committed? If the answer is “no” why are you doing it? Said by Kyle McDowell on The Remarkable Leadership Podcast

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