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.

It Pays To Break Away From Being A Creature Of Habit

We’re creatures of habit, most of us, and often formulate our going forward plans in increments from where we are instead of quantum leaps. Aiming beyond the target can be very helpful in charting a course into the future.

Two Characteristics of High Potential Leaders

Two of the more subtle characteristics of high potential leaders are their belief in themselves and their candor regarding the failures they have experienced.

How CEOs Can Navigate Legal Challenges

Most of us would rather not be involved in combative legal proceedings; it’s not what we do best. However, if such proceedings are unavoidable, be ‘Spock’-like in your leadership. 

Finding Flexibility In The Event Of A Slowdown

How does one plan for an uncertain economy? There are options to build elasticity and the ability to recoil with nominal impact in the event of a slowdown.

The Weakest Link Isn’t Necessarily A Bad Thing

If your organization is spiraling up through growth and continuous improvement, it is highly unlikely that each link in the chain will be of equal strength.

“Nobody Does It Better Than Me” Is The Wrong Approach

Are you a hole filler: someone who sees a hole and no one filling it and rather than finding someone with a shovel, they do it themselves? It seems so much easier that way. But here's why that mentality is the wrong approach as a leader.

Recognizing The Doers Who Helped Get Us To The Dance

Without our task oriented colleagues, the ‘doers,’ our days would be pretty short.  They run the machines, they make the calls, they enter the data, they pack, they load they drive the vehicles…they add the value. 

Why You Need To Be Positive And Keep Saying Yes

If we allow ourselves to yield to naysayers whose arguments are loud but without merit and against our better judgement, we fail both the enterprise and ourselves.

Why You Need To Take Positive Home With You

No matter how hard your day, take home the positives and try to leave the negatives behind.  The ‘energy’ you wear will affect those around you and they will likely respond in kind.         

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.
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