August Members' Perspective: Game Changing Moment
Art Lukowski / Oil Express
Simplifying my business goals from a complex pool of marketing ideas to a more narrowed, focused branding.
We had a face-to-face appreciation exercise at the end of our forum retreat. It was a very powerful and emotional exercise. At the end of the experience, I was moved by how close knit our forum had become and how incredible the entire group was. It made me realize how the CFBC and the forum experience really worked.
Cathie Cushing Duff / Cushing Co.
The realization that EVERYONE has things in his or her life that keeps them up at night.
Heiko Mitzkus / Vaxcel International
At our company anniversary dinner, I introduced every one of the employees and guests with a short acknowledgement and appreciation. It was very well received, and I realized that I would and could not have done it a year earlier.
It had now come to me almost naturally.
Jay Smith / William V. Macgill and Company
When I was told, ‘Your good attitude is your
company’s most valuable asset.’
Shea Roche / Carbit Paint Company
After our first retreat and completing the “Lifeline”, realizing it is best to live life in the ‘10’ area.
AJ Jania / Diamond Envelope Corporation
When a member in my Forum mentioned letting key people grow to benefit his business. Also, do not let what others do bother you or weigh on your mind, just keep moving.
Chris Prestegaard / American Chartered Bank
Being able to share something personal in Forum Training without being judged- was a great feeling.
Jason Bone / Bone Roofing Supply
As I became more comfortable and more open
with my Forum, I could see the added benefit
of developing our relationships.
Lisa Tomsheck / Arthur Clesen
Buying my building without any
other family members involved.
Neil Houtsma / Nuance Solutions
First retreat: members were very trusting and open.
It has led to an extraordinary experience.
Tim Watson / Modernfold Chicago
I don’t remember a specific moment, but the theme is that I would think someone else is more qualified or knows what they are talking about, then I would see them do something that didn’t work out and I realized that I may have had a better idea. The concept gives me more confidence and urges me to speak up and try things myself. Even if I fail, I can learn something in the process.
Sharon Wong / NOW Health Group
About ten + years ago we had a Board Training session & I realized how little I had to offer with experience & know-how. I decided to ask questions & seek training. This helped me focus and make a bigger effort to contribute to the company as a family member Director.
Marcus Newman / GCG Financial
I realized that I don’t know everything, or even enough
to get myself where I want to go. I am going to need the
help of others who have been there, are going there,
or know something about getting there.
Jim Armbruster / ATMI Precast
When the recession hit at the end of 2008 we had to cut back, shut down, eliminate, and do everything imaginable to reduce cost to survive. The “aha moment” was after doing all of the cut backs I realized that I would not re-establish large overhead infrastructures at two of our facilities, but just structure them as additional production lines simply staffed, but centrally managed. I believe this is the model for the future that will allow us to be the low cost producer in any expansion. Unfortunately our main plant in Aurora is large and has a big overhead. Can’t start over there.
Jackie Bone / Bone Roofing Supply
After my first presentation to the group…I felt like I had just had the best therapy session to man. I felt very comfortable talking for 50 minutes to complete “strangers” and felt like I connected with those people on a completely different level.
Donna McCaleb / Noland Sales
When I started learning what real listening was.
I really didn’t understand giving full attention
without formulating a response right away.
Learning how to do this was a huge A-Ha.