October 24, 2021

Category: Leadership

CEO Kyle Kottke on Running a Trucking Company During Covid-19, and Why 2021 Should be Good
COVID-19 leadership, Family Business, Leadership, Logistics, Transportation

CEO Kyle Kottke on Running a Trucking Company During Covid-19, and Why 2021 Should be Good

Kottke Trucking Co. Co-Owner and CEO Kyle Kottke shares during this on-site video interview how his Buffalo Lake, MN-based trucking business has adapted in many ways since Covid-19 began to affect the economy back in March. This includes helping truckers find places to stop for gas and to stay overnight, when most locations shut down […]

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Tastefully Simple’s Jill Blashak Strahan on Lessons from Quick Success, 7 Years of Losses & Return to Profit
COVID-19 leadership, Food, Leadership

Tastefully Simple’s Jill Blashak Strahan on Lessons from Quick Success, 7 Years of Losses & Return to Profit

Tastefully Simple Founder and CEO Jill Blashak Strahan shares during in a brief interview what it was like to grow her 1995 startup into a $143 million-a-year business, and then lead through seven consecutive years of losses before Covid-19 hit. Ironically those recent tough times forced her organization to return to being scrappy like it […]

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Northern Ingredients CEO Robert Schafer on Placing Workplace Culture Before Profits
COVID-19 leadership, Entrepreneurism, Family Business, Food, Leadership

Northern Ingredients CEO Robert Schafer on Placing Workplace Culture Before Profits

Founder and CEO Bob Schafer created a highly successful bakery supply business from scratch all from operating cash flow; no debt. Mixing and/or distributing 150 million pounds a year of ingredients to food manufacturers, this Minnesota Family Business Award-winning company has weathered three recessions since its founding in 1991. Thus far it is handing the […]

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Leading When People Are Stressed, Plus How Best to Bring Employees Back to the Office
Commercial Real Estate, COVID-19 leadership, Economy, Law, Leadership, Talent Management

Leading When People Are Stressed, Plus How Best to Bring Employees Back to the Office

These issues and more are explored in this week’s One Take CEO Interview with Jim Snoxell, CEO and chair of the business law and nonprofits department at the law firm Henningson & Snoxell. “It took me a while to realize this but there’s no question the ongoing Covid-19 [pandemic] and all the social unrest and political discomfort going […]

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3 Tips on How to Avoid Passing Cost Increases to Customers
Education, Entrepreneurism, Leadership

3 Tips on How to Avoid Passing Cost Increases to Customers

In this brief interview, Bobby Tarnowski shares how he’s trying to avoid raising prices due to increasing costs and other challenges. His approach includes packaging service offerings and providing financing options. Such constructive problem solving makes sense given Tarnowski’s a math enthusiast who owns a 10-location, 65-employee Mathnasium franchise serving about 600 students in the […]

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Three Tips for Increasing Sales
Leadership, Sales, Talent Management

Three Tips for Increasing Sales

Covering these three items can help your organization rise above the competition, according to local expert Gary Braun. He provided these tips during a recent segment of One Take CEO Interviews courtesy of Platinum Group. Make sure you’re chasing the right prospects. “So often you set a strategy, you know who you want to go […]

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Is This Missing in Your Sales Strategy?
Leadership, Talent Management

Is This Missing in Your Sales Strategy?

It may sound simple, but the biggest missing component amongst the dozens of sales departments and organizations Gary Braun has helped over the years is performance management. “A lot of people put comp plans in place to help drive the right behaviors and I agree with that—to a point. Comp plans help. But people manage […]

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6 Musts for a Healthy, Lasting Business
Banking and Finance, Business Ethics, Communication, Corporate Governance, Family Business, Leadership

6 Musts for a Healthy, Lasting Business

During this short interview available to either watch or listen to, Platinum Group’s Bob Stewart discusses six essentials for a business to both thrive and survive long-term. * Have a good corporate governance structure in place including a board of directors that meets regularly; Keep up-to-date, accurate and thorough financials; Maintain a healthy relationship with […]

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