Are you struggling to achieve that elusive state of Work-Life balance? The Five Friends share insights on how you maintain a touch of sanity in a world with unending demands on your time and attention.
You’ve heard it for years—a clear, compelling, and shared purpose is the driving force for building and sustaining a high-performing organization. It provides the “why” that serves as the North Star guiding every action and pulling people toward success. You can’t argue with the successes trotted out in the leadership [...]
Engaged employees lead to increased profits, increased customer satisfaction and loyalty, fewer safety incidents, and lower turnover. The Five Friends share ideas on how you and your organization can earn the discretionary effort and commitment that comes from enhanced engagement.
Compelling vision and core values defined? Check. Communication and alignment sessions with everyone? Check. Updated hiring and on-boarding processes to determine fit and ensure that new hires are on-board with your culture? Yep … you did that, too. So why is the culture you want for your organization struggling to [...]
The Five Friends weigh in with lessons that every entrepreneur should never forget. These lessons apply if you own a business, run a business, or manage a team within a business.
Sooner or later, your business will probably die. The statistics for a start-up business are well known—50 percent fail within the first five years. Even the biggest companies are not immune from eventual obsolescence, however. The average life span of a Fortune 500 company is only 40 to 50 years. [...]
The scariest change and potential disruption on the horizon is the one that you never see coming. The most effective leaders and organizations minimize the potential for chaos by operating in a positive state of perpetual awareness and apprehension. The least effective act as if they are afraid. Which one [...]
Sooner or later you will have to choose—do you take an action that is painful, or do you suffer an even worse consequence by doing nothing? In your business, it could be the choice to discontinue a key product or service. Apple is famous today for regularly killing products to [...]
Intelligent machines replacing humans in the workplace is no longer science fiction. Research from McKinsey & Company reports that as much as 45 percent of the individual work activities can be accomplished with artificial intelligence, advanced robotics, and computer automation that is available today. The agriculture industry is being transformed [...]
My father had a problem. He was the shop manager for the International Harvester tractor and truck dealership in the small town where I grew up, and his staff was upset about their pay. There was no Human Resources department in those days, and today’s HR professionals would never allow [...]