Category: Leadership

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 grew up in an entrepreneurial-driven family.  In 1972, my grandfather, after spending his life at Ford Motor Company, retired.  He decided it was time to become a business owner with support of my parents, along with my uncle and aunt.  And from here, Keck Hardware was born in Trenton, Michigan. For over 40 years…

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…

At ECS we’ve been fielding a lot of questions on how to handle all different aspects of business in light of our current environment. This is new territory for us all. No topic is more important than HR, as great people are the engine to your business and do truly help fuel our economy. HR…

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’s the countdown to the end of 2019, and the holiday season is abuzz with excitement (and perhaps some stress … but let’s just assume all is merry and bright right now). Gift-giving is a wonderful tradition at this time of year, and to that end we hope you are finding the perfect gifts for…

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) –…

“If everything seems under control, you’re not going fast enough.”  – Mario Andretti If you haven’t noticed, the speed of business today is accelerating. Where customers would wait a few weeks for a product or service just three short years ago, they now want it in a few days.  And long gone are the days that your loyal…

Over the years and through the course of working with 100+ companies, we at ECS have watched some select, great leaders effectively drive their business and deliver fantastic results. These leaders routinely exceed revenue goals and achieve double digit growth with similar profitability levels.  And perhaps even more impressively, the employees of these companies really…

“I’ve always felt that inspiration is for amateurs. The rest of us just show up and get to work.”  ~ Chuck Close What is it about successful people? They just seem to catch lighting in a bottle every so often. I’m thinking of people from the successful artist (like Chuck Close who provided this terrific…