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 […]

Spring Cleaning: Strategies for Auditing Your Company Culture

Every company has a culture. What matters most, however, is how that company culture is being maintained: by default…or by design? The best leaders in the most successful companies know that taking ownership of the company culture is critical to competing in the game of business. In fact, creating a company culture is so critical […]

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 […]