Category: Leadership

“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…

“Every man is the craftsman of his future, whether he hone it himself or allow fate do it.”  ~ Ogwo David Emenike My grandfather was a true Craftsman. He was also a great man. He worked in the auto industry. As a young lad, I remember him coming home from work at the end of a…

It’s that time of year when we look to get fit, lose weight, and in general dump our bad habits for good ones.  You know this is all-too-true if you are a gym-goer – workout facilities are at their peak usage in January of each year. And while it’s great that everyone uses the new…

We continue the countdown to the end of the year and are very much in the thick of the holiday season. As gift shopping winds down (or ramps up for a couple of us very quickly!), we are all looking forward to spending time with our loved ones. Which leads to our question – what…

If you live in Philly, you cannot help but hear about “Trust the Process.”  Some people vehemently support, while others fully despise “The Process.” Let’s travel back about five to six years ago when the Sixers were mired in the NBA’s purgatory of mediocracy. Newly-appointed GM Sam Hinkie had a tough decision to make, as…

I was queasy. Yes, I was physically ill. (I know. You’re thinking, “thanks for sharing, Bill!”  But please read on.) So when was this? This was my state of mind years ago, not long after ECS got off the ground, and long before we had worked with companies across a diverse 26 industries (and counting)….

Maverick (mav·er·ick) (noun).  An unorthodox or independent-minded person. The whole world loves a maverick and whole world wants the maverick to achieve something nobler than simple rebellion.  – Kevin Patterson The ECS team helps many businesses who find themselves “stuck”.  Companies who have hit a wall and just can’t get to the next level of…

“We need people in our lives with whom we can be as open as possible. To have real conversations with people may seem like such a simple, obvious suggestion, but it involves courage and risk.” ~ Thomas Moore My partners and I had lunch together last week (something we try to do regularly) and discussed our…