Dropouts, Calligraphy and One of the Greatest Companies You Know

Sep 18, 2014

Portland, Oregon – 1972

A young college dropout wanders into a calligraphy class at Reed College. He becomes fascinated with the art form and starts studying it fervently. It becomes his obsession for the next 18 months.

At this time, Reed College offers some of the highest quality calligraphy instruction in the country, every poster, every drawer on the campus features the delicate lettering. The man soaks it all in, fingers stained with ink – studying the beauty and history; the subtleties and nuances of the written words.

Do Your People Own Your Organization?

Aug 1, 2014

Seth Godin wrote an interesting post about building tribes, communities and organizations that people feel are worth taking care of and worth fighting for. He says one of the key aspects of that is making people feel like they belong.

Godin says that people need to feel an ownership towards something before they will put their time and effort into maintaining it and working to make it grow.

What Good Leaders Do That Makes Their Organizations Great

Jul 8, 2014

I recently watched a presentation by Simon Sinek called “Reconnect with Why”. It was about how good leadership establishes a system of trust in the workplace and how strong leaders foster natural organization and cooperation.

In this talk, he discussed what makes a great leader, and great organizations, and I wanted to pass it along to you. While the concept is quite simple and has remained the same since human beings first gathered in groups, it is easily forgotten amidst the noise and busyness of today’s organizations.

5 Reasons BI Platforms Fail

Jun 13, 2014

Business intelligence platforms are a valuable asset to organizations. They provide visibility, time savings, the ability to invest in ongoing improvements, real-time access to information and a single version of the truth for everyone to work off of, removing confusion and misunderstandings.

Consolidating reports and having instant access to all your information at your fingertips in one place with the ability to explore it at will without IT is undoubtedly appealing.

Company Gains Competitive Edge with Corporate Culture: A Case Study

Feb 4, 2014

Your most important asset is building a culture in which people have the ability to work together, openly share their knowledge and leverage off each other’s insights to create something new and wonderful on an ongoing basis.

Farmers’ Mutual was the largest mutual insurance company in Ontario with 48 brokers representing 80 offices when they contacted BizXcel. They had a staff of 75 employees, most of which had been with the company for many years. They were in the process of moving into a new state-of-the-art facility.

The First Step to Crafting a Great Vision

Dec 10, 2013

Lately we find ourselves doing quite a bit of work with companies on strategic planning. The turmoil of the recession has left many organizations unbalanced and looking for a solid plan for the future. Organizations have been faced with restructuring, budget cuts, and having to explore different means of accomplishing their missions.

One of the things Gary Gzik, our CEO and head facilitator focuses on during these planning sessions is the vision leaders have for their organization over the next few years.

How to Tear Down Silos in Your Organization

Nov 11, 2013

As an organization grows, there’s a natural tendency to group people with the same tasks and function together as teams. With time, these teams become departments – marketing, sales, finance, HR, IT, etc.

While it makes sense to group these people together under a leader, what tends to develop in most organizations is silos.

Leaders and the people below them pull inward and become self-serving; looking out for their own needs first.

3 Habits of Successful Managers

Oct 22, 2013

Managers have the ability to make or break a company. They play a key role in employee engagement. It is through their efforts that an employee decides how much to trust an organization, how much energy to invest in their work and how committed they are to their team.

Many people will put up with a bad boss, but not many will put up with a bad manager without it seriously affecting their productivity. It is the day-to-day interactions that give the manager so much power over employee engagement and performance.


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