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.

“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.

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 may take several years to get traction, but once successfully launched, it can become a 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.
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