22 June

Top 20 TV Shows

Top 20 TV Shows

1. Seinfeld

2. Modern Family

3. The Sopranos

4. Breaking Bad

5. Friends

6. Shark Tank

7. NCIS

8. Mad Men

9. Law & Order

10. Criminal Minds

11. Blacklist

12. 24

13. The Wire

14. The Big Bang Theory

15. Parenthood

16. Scorpion

17. Lost

18. Homeland

19. Scandal

20. Downton Abbey

26 May

Top 20 Celebrity Idols

Top 20 Celebrity Idols

1. Michael Jordan

2. Ronald Reagan

3. George Clooney

4. Barbara Walters

5. Robert De Niro

6. Jim Carrey

7. Tom Hanks

8. Sean Connery

9. Walter Payton

10. John Wayne

11. Cary Grant

12. George W. Bush

13. Jay Leno

14. Stephen Hawking

15. Robin Williams

16. Bill Clinton

17. Jonathan Toews

18. Paul McCartney

19. Oprah

20. Jack Nicholson

20 April

Top 20 Authors

Top 20 Authors

1. Malcom Gladwell

2. Jim Collins

3. Stephen King

4. John Steinbeck

5. David McCullough

6. Ken Blanchard

7. William Shakespeare

8. Dr. Seuss

9. Agatha Christie

10. Doris Kearns Goodwin

11. Bill O'Reilly

12. Dale Carnegie

13. Michael Lencioni

14. Jane Austen

15. Stephen Covey

16. Ray Bradbury

17. J.R.R. Tolkien

18. John Ward

19. Jon Krakauer

20. Robert Frost

24 March

Top 20 Apps

Top 20 Apps

1. LinkedIn

2. Facebook

3. Dropbox

4. Outlook

5. Shazam

6. Instagram

7. Uber

8. Yelp

9. United Airlines

10. Evernote

11. Google Maps

12. Twitter

13. Angry Birds

14. FaceTime

15. Words with Friends

16. Pandora

17. Flipboard

18. Pinterest

19. Find My iPhone

20. Pulse

16 February

Top 20 Songs

Top 20 Songs

1. Happy – Pharrell Williams

2. What a Wonderful World – Louis Armstrong

3. Wind Beneath My Wings – Bette Midler

4. Hallelujah – Leonard Cohen

5. Beethoven Symphony No. 9

6. Free Fallin’ - Tom Petty

7. Chelsea Dagger – The Fratellis

8. Alive – Pearl Jam

9. With A Little Help From My Friends – Joe Cocker

10. Livin’ On A Prayer – Bon Jovi

11. Back in Black – AC/DC

12. Me and Bobby McGee – Janis Joplin

13. Yesterday – The Beatles

14. Mirrors – Justin Timberlake

15. It’s 5 O’clock Somewhere – Jimmy Buffet

16. Creep - Radiohead

17. Surrender – Cheap Trick

18. Pink Houses – John Mellencamp

19. Love Is Like An Itching in My Heart – The Supremes

20. You’re My Best Friend – Queen

19 January

Top 20 New Year Resolutions

Top 20 New Year Resolutions

Happy New Year, CFBC! We wish you all a happy, safe, and joyful 2015. Take a look at some of the goals and aspirations many of you are aiming to accomplish this year.

1. Do what makes me happy.

2. Continue to try new things: food, systems at work, etc. You never know until you try!

3. Spend more one-on-one time with family members.

4. Innovate something extraordinary.

5. Travel.

6. Stay active.

7. Learn to say “I wish I could, but…”

8. Become more patient.

9. Knock a few items off my bucket list!

10. Take a long week in Positano, Italy.

11. Don’t let other people’s judgments keep me from doing what I want.

12. Read.

13. Meditate.

14. Strive to be better.

15. Develop a list of my top 8 - 10 pizza places and make a concerted effort to determine who has the BEST thin crust!

16. Spend more one-on-one time with employees.

17. Spend more one-on-one time with key customers.

18. Keep everything in moderation.

19. Sharpen my Forum protocol skills.

20. Know there is always room for improvement.

16 December

Top 20 Restaurants

Top 20 Restaurants

1. Wildfire

2. Rosebud

3. Gibson's Steakhouse

4. The Capital Grille

5. Gene and Georgetti

6. Chicago Cut Steakhouse

7. Joe’s Seafood, Prime Steak & Stone Crab

8. Erie Café

9. Perry's Steakhouse

10. Bien Trucha

11. Catch 35

12. Carmichael's Chicago Steak House

13. Girl and the Goat

14. GT Fish & Oyster

15. Morton's The Steakhouse

16. Ruth's Chris Steak House

17. Mastro's Steakhouse

18. The Purple Pig

19. Greek Islands

20. Carmine's

17 November

Top 20 Employee Engagement Activities

Top 20 Employee Engagement Activities

1. Christmas and Holiday Parties

2. Annual Meetings, Retreats, & Team Educational Events

3. Appreciation!

4. Baggo Tournaments / Bags & Brats

5. BBQs: Sales team cooks for the production department or the President cooks!

6. Listening to employees one-on-one to learn what drives them.

7. Staff meetings, face-to-face meetings, leadership team monthly meetings.

8. Bowling

9. Picnics: Cash picnics during the work day at the office, Hot Dog Social Picnic, Roscoe's Annual Family Picnic

10. Charity and Volunteer Work

11. Games: Company Olympics and Minute to Win It

12. Attending sports events such as Cubs Rooftop games or the Blackhawks Suite

13. Family Day at the Zoo with employees & their families

14. Favorite Sports Team support days. Wear Bears Bulls, Hawks, Sox, Cubs, or other favorite sports teams apparel.

15. Formal discussions about positive experiences with customers - sharing 'hero' moments.

16. Weekly emailed flash reports from key reports. Flash report format: 3-5 things I accomplished this week, 3-5 things I will accomplish this week, assistance/support I need from others to accomplish next week's goals.

17. Goals: Set goals and then throw a goal achievement party or 'Good to Great' goal setting meetings where employees pick and commit to goals they think are achievable.

18. Mentoring program with the local elementary school. One hour per week paid time for employees to mentor a child.

19. Pizza Days!

20. Pot-Luck Lunches with staff to celebrate birthdays.

20 October

Top 20 Movies

Top 20 Movies

 

Top 20 Movies Collage

1. The Shawshank Redemption

2. Forrest Gump

3. Goodfellas

4. Lord of the Rings

5. Saving Private Ryan

6. The Big Lebowski

7. The Godfather Part II

8. Caddyshack

9. Braveheart

10. Anchorman

11. Gladiator

12. The Departed

13. Pulp Fiction

14. Indiana Jones: Raiders of the Lost Ark

15. Notting Hill

16. The Hangover

17. Toy Story 3

18. You've Got Mail

19. Dead Poet's Society

20. Harry Potter

19 September

Top 20 Business Books

Top 20 Business Books

If you’re seeking the best business resources around, look no further! The CFBC has composed a Top 20 list for must-read business books.

Top 20 Business Books Collage

1. Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap…And Others Don’t by Jim Collins

2. The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change by Stephen R. Covey

3. The One Minute Manager by Kenneth H. Blanchard

4. Who Moved My Cheese?: An Amazing Way to Deal with Change in your Work and In Your Life by Spencer Johnson and Kenneth Blanchard

5. Blue Ocean Strategy: How to Create Uncontested Market Space and Make Competition Irrelevant by W. Chan Kim and Renee Mauborgne

6. The E Myth: Why Most Small Business Don’t Work and What to Do About It by Michael E. Gerber

7. The Goal: A Process of Ongoing Improvement by Eliyahu M. Goldratt, Jeff Cox, and David Whitford

8. Traction: Get a Grip on Your Business by Gino Wickman

9. How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie

10. The Five Dysfunctions of a Team: A Leadership Fable by Patrick Lencioni

11. Six Disciplines Execution Revolution: Solving the One Business Problem That Makes Solving All Other Problems Easier by Gary Harpst

12. Coach Wooden: The 7 Principles That Shaped His Life and Will Change Yours by James Denney

13. It’s My Company Too!: How Entangled Companies Move Beyond Employee Engagement for Remarkable Results by Kenneth R. Thompson, Ramon L. Benedetto, Thomas J. Walter, and Molly Meyer

14. Open-Book Management: The Coming Business Revolution by John Case

15. Outliers: The Story of Success by Malcolm Gladwell

16. Strategic Acceleration: Succeed at the Speed of Life by Tony Jeary

17. The Power of Strategic Thinking: Lock in Markets, Lock Out Competitors by Michel Robert

18. Emotional Intelligence: Why It Can Matter More Than IQ by Daniel Goleman

19. The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference by Malcolm Gladwell

20. What Color is Your Parachute? by Richard N. Bolles

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