Open Up and Lead

Leadership in an open book environment is unique. Normal functions of the leadership team become inevitably different. Financial reports and budgets become a series of teamwork initiatives. Staff meetings become opportunities for learning and dialogue. Your employees’ work becomes more exciting and not just a way to make a living.  How do leaders continue to […]

Managing and Coaching Negativity in the Workplace

In conducting exit interviews, I am sure to use a spirit of open and honest feedback with the goal of continuous improvement. As I reflect back on some of the interviews I’ve done over the years, I recognize that negativity has been forefront in the ultimate departure of some former employees. Negativity doesn’t make a […]

A Contagious Leader

Contagious work ethic. What does that mean? As a kid, my father taught me at an early age everything I needed to know about work ethic. Before baseball practice one day he said, “Show up before everyone else, work harder than everyone else, be coachable, and stay later than everyone else”. He didn’t just “talk […]

The ESOP Leader – What It Takes to Lead an Employee Owned Company

ESOP companies are special and unique. Employee ownership creates a culture of employees that are actively involved in the business on all levels. Employee owners can and do participate fully in every aspect of company management and growth. Engagement in this type of company is rivaled and helps ESOPs out perform other types of companies. […]

Best Practices for Exiting a Great Culture

There are many reasons one chooses to change jobs. Making the decision to leave and considering the unknown of a new career path can be daunting. Changing jobs can also be exciting and give you a fresh outlook on your career. Before you start an exciting new role, you have to end your relationship with […]

The Mentality of Ownership Thinking

Helping your employees develop an ownership mentality benefits them and the organization as a whole. Ownership thinking means taking accountability for the quality and success of the outcome of your work. A culture of accountability, where employees are able to make decisions and are encouraged to take ownership is a powerful characteristic of a successful […]