Fred Engelfried

Fred Engelfried
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Fred Engelfried is Director/Chair of North Coast Holdings, Inc. and its subsidiary Lewis Tree Service, Inc. He has been a member of the board of directors of Lewis for over 20 years, and for 10 years prior to that worked with the company intermittently in various consulting capacities. He also is President of Market Sense Inc., a participative management firm that has served more than 100 regional clients over 35 years.

An Open Line Of Communication Is Your Biggest Opportunity

This is about open communications and the two biggest opportunities we have to disconnect as an organization; when we are overwhelmed by growth and when we are losing traction.

Do Not Compromise The Interview Process

Tight labor market or not, the interview process should not be compromised. Here are a few steps you can take to determine whether or not a prospect is a good cultural fit.

Strategic Planning Is A Process—Not An Event

Strategic planning is a process and not an event.  It may take several years to get traction with it but once successfully launched, it can become yet another cornerstone in an enterprise’s foundation.

Fear of Failure Is The Ultimate Motivator For Many Leaders

Fear of failure, however defined, can be a cornerstone to success if kept in perspective. It also can freeze decision makers in their tracks. Having no fear can be an even greater danger!

Leadership Transitions: Storybook Ending Or Fractured Relationship?

Alongside succession, transition ranks among the top challenges any enterprise will ever face.  If not properly planned and executed the damage can be irreparable.

When CEOs Have To Go Back To The Drawing Board

When enjoying consistent growth (and making money) there is a tendency to add needed resources by ‘tucking’ them into the existing organizational structure. Here's why that doesn't work.

How You Can Dismiss An Employee With Dignity

When letting someone go you should immediately state the outcome, not to lead up to it, and then to take all the time necessary to explain the reasoning behind it as well as the details of support that will follow.         

Why CEOs Need To Pay It Forward

To share our experiences through mentoring provides a user friendly opportunity for others to learn from our failures and successes.  To be respected as a mentor is an honor not shared by many.   

The Skills Of Being A Good Listener

We’ve all heard it often enough — being a good listener is as important a skill as being a good communicator. My experience has shown this to be true but also taught me that intentional silence is an acquired skill.

Good Governance Has A Way Of Growing On You

Good governance is not about optics it’s about protocols and practices that are so embedded in a board’s culture that they can be communicated with the same ease as a company’s vision, strategy and metrics. 
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