Category: Business & Economy

Five Generations of Leadership & Innovation

Building a Dynamic, Employee-Owned Company in North Dakota By Andrea Gleiter, BA English, University of Mary, 2016 Pens, paper and pencils jumped a full inch when Frederick Scheel’s fist hit his desk. “Sporting goods are the first thing people can do without,” he shouted at his son, Steve. It was 1977 in Fargo, North Dakota, and Frederick was the CEO of the family’s 14 hardware and homeware Scheels stores in the area. At 30, Steve D. Scheel was in his fifth year working full time for the family business. For his first major assignment, he was put in charge...

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Leadership’s Future Tense

Organizational Culture, Growth & Succession By Vern Dosch, CEO of National Information Solutions Cooperative Some industry analysts might argue that establishing a technology company in the Midwest is not the best long-term decision. After all, given the numbers of IT employees who are retiring now and in increasing numbers over the next 15 to 20 years, no one expects to find a surplus of IT experts in small- to medium-sized cities in our region. That view is shortsighted. Knowing what I do now about connectivity and the work ethic in the Midwest, and about National Information Solutions Cooperative’s (NISC)...

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