Category: Culture

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…

Rob Williamson recently joined ECS as a Partner. Below he shares his story as to how his professional and personal journey led him to ECS. I was born and raised in the United Kingdom. I attended the University of Bristol, which is about 190 kilometers due west of London, and spent the early part of…

As Farmers Insurance says it, ‘we know a thing or two, because we’ve seen a thing or two’. While we at ECS can’t tell you much about how to handle a tree branch falling on your car, we can give solid insight into your CRM (customer relationship management) system.  And we’d like to share with…

We all know that innovation is absolutely necessary in today’s business climate.  If you’re not looking to improve, get better and yes, actually change – your competitors are passing you by. In ECS’s history, our team has seen amazing successes (including companies that came out of the brink of bankruptcy to report record growth) –…

Yes, stop and smell see the roses! Picture a person walking down a busy street, head down, engrossed in some app on their smartphone, and then crossing that street, still not paying attention and … you can guess what happens next. In today’s “head-down” world, are you treating your business the same way?  Is this you:…

Dave Posten recently joined ECS as a Partner, and he provides some insight as to how he became a part of the team.  Here, Dave admittedly pushes himself outside of his comfort zone and shares his story. I grew up in the ‘70s in the Midwest. While it was a relatively poor community where I…

The title of this post was inspired by a collaboration between Dave Bookbinder, Valuation Expert and Best-Selling Author; and David Nast, Talent Optimization Consultant, Workplace Behavior Expert and Award-Winning Business Coach (plus co-author of the following article). Adding value to our customers is at the core of everything we do. Whether it’s a blog post,…