Category: Culture

“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…

I was born and raised in West Philadelphia. My family didn’t have much of a lawn to mow, leaves to rake, or a garden to keep up with. So naturally, I turned to landscaping for a summer job during college. I figured I’d be able to work outdoors and get in shape, and as an…

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…

If you run a mid-sized business, hiring a CFO for the long-term success of your company is one of the most critical decisions you’ll make.  A strong CFO will help drive the business to your vision, and will provide you with leadership and guidance necessary for your team to get to the next level. How…

When people strive to raise the intelligence in the room, teams become smarter. Surround yourself with people who focus more on improving others than proving themselves. ~ Adam Grant When I got into business in the 1990s, everything was about climbing the ladder.  I was told that I’d have to suck it up as a…

It happens to the best of us. You grow busier and busier.  Your work day becomes all-consuming. Your business begins to take over your life.  You work 12-hour days, get home exhausted, have minimal time to eat and sleep, and then you do it all over again the next day.  Things start to slip, revenue…