Category: Leadership

Michelle recently joined the ECS team. She is an avid believer in giving yourself permission to just trust the journey and embrace all of the things that life has in store – making the title of this series especially apropos for her introduction. Heading In My Own Direction Anyone who has ever met me would…

If you missed Part 1 of our series, Choosing the Right CRM for Your Business, read it here. In Part 1 of our recent CRM blog series, we congratulated your team for the decision to either look for a new CRM to catapult your business growth, or to upgrade your CRM system to take your…

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…

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…