Category: Culture

I’m told that I started speaking in full sentences (in French by the way) by 18 months. By age 7, my family was convinced that the only logical career path would involve a lot of me talking. (Maybe that explains my stint as a campus telephone operator in college?) But though I didn’t pursue acting,…

Welcome to the premiere episode of Dave’s World with ECS Partner Dave Posten! In this episode, Dave introduces this new series and shares that he will discuss topics on the mind of business owners today in our ever-changing world. In coming episodes, Dave will welcome guests and have rapid-fire discussions on a variety of topics…

How can a company best “give back”? It’s a great question and one that many organizations contend with regularly. There are 5K and 10K walks/runs that a group can join, with the benefit of raising awareness and money for a charitable cause. There are many opportunities for employees to get together for a day and…

Happy holidays to everyone! It’s fair to say most everyone is looking forward to the start of 2021 – more than ever we look to January 1st as a fresh start. 2020 has been a hell of a ride. As gift-giving is a tradition for many at this time of year, we want to do…

“Life’s under no obligation to give us what we expect. We take what we get and are thankful it’s no worse than it is.”  ~ Margaret Mitchell It’s been a wild ride in 2020 – there have been many, many challenges to face and overcome. But along the way, there have been many blessings and…

Kelley Nelson recently joined the ECS team. She has a fascinating background that is both multi-cultural from a personal view, and multi-industry and multi-faceted from a professional vantage point. Where did you grow up? It wasn’t the U.S., was it? Kelley: Right, I didn’t grow up in the United States! I was raised in Cape…

How many times have you heard come from the mouth of a business leader or consultant: “I like to solve problems!”? These professionals who utter these words wear their ability to solve problems as a proud badge – and feel that it somehow makes them unique. Let’s discuss this for a moment. I’d suggest that…

Sales isn’t about ‘closing’ as much as it is about benefiting client relationships by building and monetizing the relationships their growth demands. For my philosophy to make more sense, I’ll share my story and background with you. I was raised in a loving home by a mother who ran a successful card and gift shop…

It is critical to start planning now for how you will return to post-pandemic business operations.  While now may not feel like the right time to you, just trust me when I say you should be actively figuring out how you will ramp back up. You need to develop contingency plans, and consider and outline…

Our world, at least for the time being, is changing rapidly and dramatically. In-person interaction is retracting or ceasing altogether, depending on where you are located. (And expect things to change again this afternoon or tomorrow morning.) This is an unprecedented step in the business world. For me, the wake-up call hit me smack in…