Hagen's Hikes: Weekend Warrior Goes Trailside with Old Man Winter

Posted by E.V. Thompson on May 20, 2019

Once again, we follow Lemberg Service Manager as he treks his way across the Ice Age Trail on his quest to complete the 1000-mile trail, one segment at a time. As you might imagine, weather can make or break a hike. Here we follow Hagen’s first few months of 2019 as he went trailside with Old Man Winter.

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Hagen's Hikes: The Thousand-Mile Ice Age Challenge

Posted by E.V. Thompson on Apr 12, 2019

The invitation is always open: join the weekend hike!

But, if you're going to tag along, make sure you wear good shoes and bring water because this is no casual hike. Lemberg Service Manager Tim Hagen has a goal to be recognized by Wisconsin's Ice Age Trail Alliance (IATA) as one of the few who have hiked the entire 1,000+mile Ice Age Trail -- and he's happy to have company along his journey, as long as you show up prepared.

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4 Ways to Make Positive Feedback More Meaningful

Posted by John Rutkiewicz - Guest Blogger on Apr 8, 2019

Recently, after facilitating a leadership workshop, I received this question on an evaluation: “Recognition and thank you’s can come across as insincere. How do we overcome that?”

It’s a great question. Giving positive feedback in the workplace is important, especially when you’re the leader. Recognition, appreciation and gratitude for good work has motivational power. It also enhances employee engagement.

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Your Boss Just Gave You an Objective. Now What?

Posted by John Rutkiewicz - Guest Blogger on Jan 25, 2019

The other day, a leader I coach – we’ll call him Jim – said to me:

“My boss gives broad direction about what I’m supposed to accomplish, but she doesn’t give details about what she wants to see. At the end of December, she said, ‘Next year, I want you to increase distributor sales.’ What am I supposed to do with that?”

I asked Jim some questions to learn more about his story. Then we discussed these five suggestions….

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Anniversary Memory: 'Lectric Living at Lemberg

Posted by K. Prelesnik on Oct 9, 2018

The word attractive, in relation to spatial design and appeal, took on a whole new meaning in 1972. Lemberg’s increased operations that year drove the expansion from the first floor to the second and third.

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Anniversary Memory: Some things are fine just the way they are

Posted by E.V. Thompson on Sep 21, 2018

Our second floor office space was completed earlier this spring and several departments have since settled in, including data communications, estimating and marketing. The process of acclimating to new neighbors is also complete. Business is back to normal in the bright and cheerful space. Except, there IS one small issue.

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5 Rules for Being a Person Others Want to Follow

Posted by John Rutkiewicz - Guest Blogger on Sep 10, 2018

In his book, The Art of Possibility, renowned orchestral conductor Benjamin Zander shares a simple idea he calls “Leading from Any Chair.” He writes:

“A leader does not need a podium; she can be sitting quietly on the edge of any chair, listening passionately and with commitment, fully prepared to take up the baton.”

I believe the same is true for all of us who work in organizations. Anyone in the house can lead. We don’t need special authority or a title. We don’t need a certain technical expertise. Heck, we don’t even need permission. We merely need the desire to engage others in moving the ball.

The real leadership question is: Will other people WANT to follow you?

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Anniversary Memory: Communication Tool Evolution

Posted by K. Prelesnik on Aug 21, 2018

Think about the last time you picked up the newspaper, a brochure or even a magazine.

Now think about the last time you grabbed your phone or laptop and searched for information in your web browser. Chances are, you reached for the digital option.

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Anniversary Memory: Retiree remembers creating an iconic photo

Posted by E.V. Thompson on Aug 9, 2018

Lemberg held our 90/25 Anniversary Picnic in July. We invited our current employees and our retirees and their families to join in the fun. There was food, face painting, friends, a raffle and a lot of animals. The weather was gorgeous -- perfect for a summer picnic. But there was someone there who made our day just that much more special. 

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4 Ways Leadership Involves Change

Posted by John Rutkiewicz - Guest Blogger on Jul 13, 2018

The distinction between management and leadership has been debated for decades. Great minds – such as Warren Bennis, Stephen Covey, Grace Hopper, and John Kotter – have argued that management and leadership are different. I've argued the difference, too.

  • Bennis: “Managers do things right, while leaders do the right things.”
  • Covey: “Leadership deals with direction. Management deals with speed.”
  • Hopper: “You manage things. You lead people.”
John Kotter of Harvard Business School put it this way:

Management is about coping with complexity. Leadership is about coping with change. -- J.Kotter, Harvard Business School

I like Kotter’s thinking. A defining distinction about leadership is its focus on change. After all, in the work-world, change is all around us.

As I’ve reflected on this idea over the years, I’ve come to realize the most effective leaders focus on creating change in four key ways.

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