Feb 21 2018

A great mission statement, developed and implemented the right way, engages employees, defines priorities and guides daily work.  However, most people equate mission statement development with getting a root canal.  Mission statements fail for five reasons:  1.  Leaders develop them without involving those who implement them.  2. They choke off growth because they focused on […]

Nov 28 2017

You walk into a meeting late and people are already in huddles.  Colleagues glance over ever so briefly then turn back to their conversations.  You sit down in a corner and use your smartphone to check email. Once the group discussion starts, you want to offer an opinion but can’t seem to get a word in. Eventually, you […]

Nov 23 2017

Thanksgiving is a time where we reflect upon those things for which we are thankful.  The team here at MFI wanted to take this opportunity not only to thank our clients for your trust in us and for allowing us to support you in your efforts to reach your goals but also to share our […]

Nov 15 2017

Book Summary – by Patrick Lencioni The first step towards reducing misunderstandings and confusion within a team is to understand that there are five dysfunctions, and that each one that applies has to be addressed separately. The root cause of absence of trust lies with team members being unable to show their weaknesses; to be vulnerable […]

Nov 01 2017

Several articles we have published have provided insights into the growing trend of people in all walks of life to reevaluate their definition of success.   A rapidly growing audience of individuals, companies, and even nations is embracing the pursuit of Significance, above and beyond financial success.  Why?  The journey to Significance feeds our hunger for […]

Oct 25 2017

How to keep talented employees motivated in tough times   Across the country, employees are tired of doing more work with fewer resources and little or no recognition.  Burnout is the new normal.  More than half of those surveyed by DDI, a talent-management firm, said their careers are stagnant and that they plan to look for […]

Oct 24 2017

How the Triple Bottom Line (People, Profits, Planet) is Becoming the New Normal These days, everyone seems to be talking about “the new normal.”  We see it in blogs, business journals, and newspapers.  We hear the chatter in executive forums, networking meetings, and around boardroom tables.  Common questions that define this new business environment are: […]

Oct 18 2017

It appears we’ve entered the age of narcissism, for reasons that include fear for our own well-being, companies that measure and reward individual instead of team results, a new generation of employees who feel more entitled than their older peers and a U.S. culture that reveres individual success.   Let’s face it, some amount of […]

Oct 05 2017

What lessons can the space shuttle Challenger and Columbia disasters teach us that we can apply in business?   According to the Columbia Accident Investigation Board, NASA never fixed the underlying institutional problems that led to the 1986 Challenger tragedy.  As a result, many of them played a role in Columbia’s doomed flight in February […]

Sep 26 2017

“Gen X and Gen Y employees don’t have a solid work ethic.”  “Baby boomers are slow to change.” “The younger generation is one of entitlement.”  “The older generation values money over a quality work environment.” You’ve heard these comments. You may have even made them.  Whether they are true or not, baby boomers and younger […]