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    Top 10 Highlights of 2018

    By: Jeff Gau
    December 18, 2018

    As we look to the New Year, we spend a lot of time talking strategy and what’s next. But it’s also important to reflect on where we’ve been and celebrate the wins.

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    10 Common Mistakes When Running a Business

    By: Jeff Gau
    April 26, 2018

    A business can have strong talent and great products and services, but still not perform well. It may look good on the outside, but the data shows the business is not run well and profitability is below industry benchmarks. The business is missing its potential. I’ve seen it as w…

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    Trouble Finding Talent?

    By: Jeff Gau
    November 16, 2017

    It’s natural to connect an organization’s difficulty in finding qualified workers to the tightness of the labor market. Attracting talent has always been a part of the business dialogue; however, it doesn’t seem to be as closely connected to unemployment rates or other labor indi…

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    A Look Back at 6 Years

    By: Jeff Gau
    August 24, 2017

    Time flies when you’re … writing a blog. It’s hard for me to believe that I’ve committed to writing this bi-weekly blog on leadership, growth and culture for six years now. I remember writing the first blog on how I define leadership and not knowing how long I’d have topics to wr…

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    Plan B Is OK

    By: Jeff Gau
    June 29, 2017

    We like to think that as organizations we can execute on our primary plan (Plan A) and strategies and get the results we’re looking for. Sometimes it doesn’t happen that way.

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    You Can Max Out as a Leader

    By: Jeff Gau
    March 23, 2017

    Have you maxed out as a leader? It happens. As we get bigger, I see more people max out as leaders.

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    Making Strategic Planning Matter

    By: Jeff Gau
    December 22, 2016

    It’s planning season here at Marco for fiscal year 2017, which reminded me of what separates a good year from one that goes down in the record books. Most people would say a great year is exceeding their sales and profit goals. This is a really good indicator, but we do need to k…

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    The Sale of Our Company: One Year Later

    By: Jeff Gau
    October 20, 2016

    It’s hard to believe it’s been a year ago already since we made our boldest move: Selling our company to Norwest Equity Partners (NEP), a leading investment firm headquartered in the Twin Cities. We knew the move meant we would need to grow – really grow. So what’s happened since…

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