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AMERICANS ARE DISSATISFIED with the direction of morals and values in our country.
Thus proclaimed a recent study that I heard mentioned on the radio.
Here’s the problem, though: This has been a common complaint, pretty much for the entirety of human history. It has to do with the innate sense of striving that we have as humans, and frustration that things rarely go as we desire.
If you haven’t been following their “State of the Workplace” research, you should. Especially if you care to attract and retain great people, and motivate them to excellence.
That’s why I was excited this week to get the notification of their updated report, available for free on their website.
TO EVERYTHING THERE IS A SEASON.
One of the biggest challenge that we have in directing business is to know when to hold the course steady, versus changing things up. In fact, you’re probably doing both simultaneously in different aspects.
As you know, I’m a fan of cycles, seasons, holidays, and the general rhythm of life. Not because I’m easily bored, but because it helps to rejuvenate the mind, body, and soul.
THIS LAST WEEK I had a chance to help out some high school kids in a very special way. Every semester for the last few years they’ve held “mock interviews” for some of the students, giving them a chance to find out what a job interview is really like.
Some of them are terrified.
But of course you’d expect that. They’ve heard all the scare stories, a grade is on the line, and they’re putting themselves out into totally unfamiliar territory.
A few months ago, they were recognized as a Great Place To Work, an award that isn’t at all easy to obtain. But in a very real way, it’s something they’ve been working on for their entire history, over 110 years.
Many people equate a great place to work with the high-tech snazziness of foosball tables and idealistic millennials. But here we have an engineering and architectural company with an honored history spanning multiple generations. Their focused innovation is inspiring.
BLUE FEDERAL CREDIT UNION is a 65 year old newbie.
OK, I’d better explain.
This great company recently re-branded after the merger of Warren Federal Credit Union and Community Financial Credit Union, creating a name which evokes their background in serving military personnel. It also captures their culture of optimistically building toward a future of unlimited possibilities.
It makes for a cool logo, too – bonus!
FORNEY INDUSTRIES is a powerful company in Fort Collins. Never heard of them?
Well, it’s nice to know that the family-owned business was born and raised in Fort Collins.
Forney Industries makes welding and metal-working equipment and parts. It’s a fabulous business, powered from a solid reputation for delivering top value since 1932.
With about 220 employees worldwide, most in Fort Collins, they deliver their products through hardware, farm & ranch, automotive aftermarket, and industrial distribution stores. They sell online, and their sales force also works directly with customers who do welding and metal working as a part of their business.
DO YOU WANT PRODUCTIVITY?
Here’s the simple truth of the matter. You can’t beat people into being productive, at least not for long.
People put their passion and energy into what they care about, not what their boss cares about.
Sounds hopeless? Well, there’s a solution.
THE CRAFT BEER SCENE in Northern Colorado is pretty crowded. But Horse & Dragon Brewing stands out from the crowd because of their character.
Carol and Tim Cochran started this business in 2014, based on a long passion for craft beer and a desire to make their home in Fort Collins after living in other states and countries.
And the beer’s pretty good – of course I’ve had to do plenty of research for this story. But there’s a lot of great brewers in the area.
It’s the culture of this company which makes it special.