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17 05, 2016

Leading Without a Common Why

By | 2016-10-29T15:29:00+00:00 May 17th, 2016|Tags: , , , , , , , |0 Comments

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 [...]

8 05, 2016

How to Engage Your Staff

By | 2016-10-29T15:29:01+00:00 May 8th, 2016|Tags: , , , , , , |0 Comments

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.  

3 05, 2016

Three Reasons Your Culture May Be Struggling

By | 2016-10-29T15:29:01+00:00 May 3rd, 2016|Tags: , , , , , , |0 Comments

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 [...]

28 03, 2016

Be Aware and Apprehensive Not Afraid

By | 2016-03-28T14:13:26+00:00 March 28th, 2016|Tags: , , , , , , , , |0 Comments

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 [...]

15 03, 2016

What Makes You Relevant?

By | 2016-10-29T15:29:01+00:00 March 15th, 2016|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |0 Comments

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 [...]

7 03, 2016

How Perspective, Perception, and Baggage Inhibit Change

By | 2016-10-29T15:29:01+00:00 March 7th, 2016|Tags: , , , , , , , |0 Comments

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 [...]

21 02, 2016

Good Change, Bad Change, and Buy-In

By | 2016-10-29T15:29:02+00:00 February 21st, 2016|Tags: , , , , , |0 Comments

Don Draper, the fictional advertising guru on the television show “Mad Men” said, “Change is neither good nor bad. It simply is.” Good luck convincing your team, customers, or vendors of that. Leaders want the change they introduce to be universally accepted based on the inherent trust that others have [...]

24 01, 2016

Leadership – Now More Than Ever

By | 2016-10-29T15:29:02+00:00 January 24th, 2016|Tags: , , , , , , , |0 Comments

Why you? Why now? What makes you relevant? Options are everywhere and being good is the minimum expectation. Why should I pay attention to you rather than hit the “Next” button? Unfortunately, most people give the wrong answers. Your company’s products, service offerings, work processes, and compensation plans are not [...]