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CEO Aron Ain reports that his company, Kronos, a global provider of workforce management solutions, goes beyond rhetoric to show how it depends on great people at every level. Ain calls his firm’s culture “WorkInspired,” based on three foundations: character, competence and collaboration. This strategy earned Kronos a place on its industry’s coveted best-employers lists. Ain emphasizes exercising humility, trust and gratitude with respect for the whole person, not just the employee. His book depicts an inspiring example of what's possible in shaping corporate culture.

About the Author

Aron Ain is the CEO of Kronos, a global provider of workforce management and human capital management cloud solutions. Based on employee reviews, Ain is a multiyear recipient of Glassdoor’s highest-rated CEO honor. Among others, Fortune magazine has named Kronos as a top place to work.


Embrace humility and become an “Un-Leader.”

When leaders and managers rely on titles to secure respect from employees, their personal impact drops. Successful leaders are Un-Leaders, people who base their leadership on humility, not status. Humble leaders inspire employees to open up about their concerns, thus fostering trust and better communication.

As a leader, you can nurture a culture of humility by being a role model. Having humility means putting the customer and company first and your personal agenda second. Set high standards, present clear expectations and imbue your policies with a humble ethic.

Honest communications fuel a successful corporate culture. Chat with your staff members, no matter what their job titles, so they can ask you questions, give you input and address issues. Visiting with employees enables you to get to know their interests and their families.

Rely on your firm’s other leaders and managers and on mass communication, such as social media. Kronos, the author’s firm, takes employee surveys to gauge the pulse of its workforce and to ...

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