Giving is the only way

Written by Brandon Welch | Frank & Maven “How to keep employees” It’s a phrase that was searched 1,900% more often in November 2023 versus November 2013.  But you’re not surprised, are you? Neither am I. My conference room has long echoed with the concerns of well-meaning business leaders all wondering, “How do I stop…

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Transparency is worth it.

Written by Richard Ollis | Ollis, Akers & Arney Transparency is an interesting aspect of business that many use strategically. Being an employee-owned company, we used to think we were transparent by sharing financial information and communicating goals at quarterly meetings. What we now realize is that we weren’t using transparency as an ongoing strategy.…

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Empowering Employees

Written by Thomas Douglas | JMARK In the landscape of today’s business, a critical factor for success is the empowerment and autonomy of employees. This concept is more than a trend; it’s a fundamental aspect of building a resilient and innovative organization. At JMARK, we’ve woven this principle into the very fabric of our day-to-day…

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Vulnerability Cultivates Growth

vulnerability cultivates growth

Vulnerability requires practice. Endurance Training is much less about repetition (doing it exactly the same) and much more about consistently showing up to do it. Vulnerability, much like growing muscles, requires time under tension. Over the past year, I spent 4 hours a week under a bar doing back squats, increasing my overall 3 rep…

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What did you expect?

One of the popular sayings I heard early in my management career was “people don’t do what you expect; they do what you inspect.” The underlying premise of this statement is that unless you watch and keep an eye on people, they will inevitably stray off course and take advantage of you. It is built…

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Do you celebrate?

Imagine how your culture would shift if you put as much energy into celebrating your team’s achievements as they did to accomplish them. My challenge for you as a leader is to become your organization’s celebration czar. Shift your focus from what is wrong to what is right. Find ways to celebrate the big and…

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If you fail to plan, you are planning to fail.

“…we used to experience disruptions followed by periods of stability, change now is increasingly perpetual, pervasive, and exponential. “ – Harvard Business Review A laser is simply a focused beam of light. It can cut metal or perform the most delicate medical procedures because it is focused. If you want to make meaningful change in…

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Strategic Planning: Start Well, End Well

Strategic Planning for 2024

The new year is knocking on our door, and if you’re like me, you’re thinking about ending the year well. What I love about the end of the year in the good ole’ US of A is how we gather around tables with family and friends to eat and share stories. If your family is…

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The speed of relationship

Society beckons us to move faster, run harder, and produce more. So we invest in better software, the latest technology, and the next shiny thing that promises better results.  But I have a hunch. Maybe the key to growing your organization is learning to move at the speed of relationship. What does that mean? It…

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The key to longevity

I recently visited Boone Hall Plantation near Charleston, South Carolina. This plantation was used in the 2004 movie, The Notebook, starring Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams. The driveway leading to the mansion is lined with live oaks leading to a rock and iron entry gate. Although not part of the original script, this is the…

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