How Far Will You Go?

What determines what we will achieve in life? It’s a question that has plagued people for ages.  One indicator is mental toughness: resilience against attack, calmness in the face of uncertainty, persistence through pain, focus amid chaos. Here are three videos – each an example of mental toughness.

It Doesn’t Matter What You Say

It doesn't matter what you say

Have you ever told a friend or co-worker something only to later find that they completely misunderstood you – or never heard you at all?  We often share important information that isn’t properly received, even when the conversation happens in a private setting at close range.  How does this happen? 

5 Myths on the Importance of Company Culture

5 Myths on the Importance of Company Culture

Southwest Airlines’ enviable corporate culture includes appreciation, recognition and celebration.  Many have tried to emulate it but without the commitment that makes it a success.  Ginger Hardage, their recently retired Sr. Vice President of Culture and Communications shared five myths at Leadercast Live 2019. 

Can I Get Away With That?

Serving on our local electric cooperative board (East Central Energy) is an honor and a responsibility.  I take it very seriously.  We are the stewards of our members’ investment in their electric utility.  Controversy over decisions made by the CEO and directors of Crow Wing Power recently received front page coverage in the Brainerd Dispatch.  It begs the question: How could good

7 Ways to Get Through Tough Times

When times are tough, toughen up! When things are going well you feel like you’re on the top of the world and can deal with anything that comes your way. The flip side is when you find yourself in tough times and nothing seems to be going the way you planned.  It can be hard to get back on track. 

How to Kill a Rattlesnake

My friend from the Badlands of North Dakota is wary of rattlesnakes.  He said when riding his horse and he spots one, “I usually kill ‘em”.  “I don’t want them to strike out at my horse.” 

Watch out for that Middle Mile

Your business is several plus years old; things are going well and you’re coasting along.  But watch out, the “Middle Mile” is approaching.  According to Dan Steenerson, the real work on your business is just ahead. 

Blind Spots

Blind Spots

Of all the skills an executive needs to successfully lead, self-awareness ranks near the top.  Without self-awareness we move through experiences and relationships disconnected and unaware of how others perceive us.  This can create blind spots. 

April’s Around The Table – Answers

Here are the top three answers from last month’s, Around the Table Question: “How can your company become more high-tech while remaining high touch?”