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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 […]

How I Transformed My Business with an Employee Ownership Program

My company’s journey to becoming a 100% employee-owned company really began around 2008 as we were continuing to grow substantially. I was familiar with the Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP) model because of my experience with supermarkets. That particular industry happens to be a great candidate for an ESOP because of the low profit margins […]

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 […]

Frank Burcham Eulogy 9-11-19

To all of our guests: Elaine, Michele and I, and our families, thank you for being here. A business mentor of mine said this about life: “In the end, what matters most in life are the depth of the relationships with friends and family, and the sheer number of people you’ve helped along the way. […]