Towards the end of the 19th century, oil barons were staking their claims all around the country. Among those petroleum pioneers were folks hoping to strike it rich by drilling wells in unproven areas. These so-called “wildcatters” risked everything based on a hunch, based on what some would call intuition. Not a lot has changed [...]
About Chris IhrigAuthor, Speaker, and Change Agent. Chris leads a dynamic team of passionate change agents who are dedicated to partnering with organizational executives to create cultures that inspire, engage and ignite the best in people. Our work is dedicated to harnessing the power of culture to equip leaders, build amazing teams and align operation practices to delighting the customer and drive breakthrough results. Visit Chris' Full Profile Here
Today’s work environment is fundamentally different than it was a year ago. Across the world, people have traded the break rooms for living rooms, cubicles for closets, and co-workers for kids. With so many people working from home, leaders are left struggling to figure out how to engage with team members who aren’t physically present. [...]
“Great leadership has a plan and works that plan constantly. Planning has to be something that's part of your routine every single week. Planning is not an event. Planning is a discipline.” — Chris Ihrig, CEO at FiredUp! The end of the year is rapidly approaching. And if you’re like many of the leaders we [...]
In 2017, Gallup released the results of a poll that showed employee engagement in the U.S. was at a measly 15% in the U.S. workplace. Two years later, the number had jumped to 34%. Why? Because companies started realizing what poor motivation and lack of engagement were costing them, an estimated $550 billion a year. [...]
Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in December 2018 and has been revamped and updated for accuracy and comprehensiveness. “When we focus on becoming our best and recognize that our best tomorrow can be better than our best today, continuous improvement is fun.” — Chris Ihrig, CEO of FiredUp! Culture In 2008, Michael Phelps [...]
Think back to the first day at your current job. You were not sure where things were, who you were working with, and maybe you didn’t even have a concrete grasp of your responsibilities. In an organization with a robust work culture, the answers to your first-day questions become clear very quickly. Ideally, they’re made [...]
Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in December 2018 and has been revamped and updated for accuracy and comprehensiveness. “Incivility among team members can sink a team as surely as a well-placed torpedo can sink an aircraft carrier.” — Chris Ihrig, CEO of FiredUp! Culture In some organizations, a title seems to give some [...]
Many newly promoted leaders are anxiously excited to take on their new responsibilities, but often underlining that outward confidence is a person who is overwhelmed with the additional duties that the have just inherited.
“You know, my people don’t seem to be as excited about this business as I am. The work ethic just doesn’t seem to be there anymore.” For decades I’ve heard these words, or something very similar...
The biggest mistakes public leaders make start with the Hope and Wonder Program. All of the big mistakes ultimately fall into this basket. Leaders say, “I hope this works,” when they launch an initiative. When it fails they say, “I wonder why it didn’t.” The best way to avoid the Hope and Wonder Program is [...]