Friday, October 28, 2016

Muster

Greg Mansfield: President

Hello Everyone!
 
Last weekend, October 20th-22nd, I had the privilege of attending the first ever leadership training event, put on by Echelon Front.  It is called Muster and it took place in San Diego.  This event was the single most impactful business and leadership class I have ever attended, including my college and MBA classes. I am currently working on a Leadership Playbook to help train current and future leaders in our company, so this was a timely event.  It was the most rewarding and interesting initiative I had the privilege of working on during my 10-year career at City Wide.

Echelon Front is a company that was started by two Nave Seals, Jocko Willink and Leif Babin.  Jocko was in charge of Seal Team 3 Task Unit Bruiser, which was instrumental in winning the battle of Ar Ramadi in the second Iraq war.  Jocko helped build what is, arguably, one of the world’s finest and most effective Special Forces teams ever assembled.  Leif worked with Jocko as a platoon commander under his command.   This is the Seal Team that was the focus of the movie ,American Sniper, about Seal Chris Kyle. After their combat experience, they were asked to be in charge of training for all the west coast seal teams and built one of the best combat training programs ever in the Navy.    Once their military careers were over, they co-founded Echelon Front, to share the principals of leadership they had learned with business leaders, police, and fire.  You can learn more about them at their website: www.echelonfront.com.  Both are very active on social media as well.  Specifically, Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.  Jocko also has one of the highest rated new podcasts on iTunes, called Jocko Podcast.

The event itself was world class and ran smoothly.  350 business leaders, politicians, police, and fire professional attended, all hoping to improve their leadership skills and improve the effectiveness of their teams.  Jocko and Leif led a two-day session, teaching the combat leadership principals they learned, which include:

1.      Cover and Move (Teamwork)
2.      Prioritize and Execute (Don’t work on too many things at once)
3.      Discipline
4.      Extreme Ownership (Stop blaming others and own your world)
5.      Decentralized Command (How to empower your teams to be decisive and stop waiting on orders)

Jocko and Leif also held long question and answer sessions, where we were able to dive deeper into topics with real world examples.  This is where most leadership classes fail, as they are often theoretical in nature.  These guys are literally battle-tested and that real world experience is awesome, when comes to actual examples.  They never dodged or failed to have an effective answer to a challenge someone was facing.  That is quite rare.

Aside from the knowledge, we also got a chance to spend time with the guys during our 0430 AM workouts!  Around 200 of us that attended, were able to march through downtown San Diego at 0430 and workout together, outside of  the convention center.  Nothing like two Navy Seals leading burpees, jumping jacks, stairs, sit ups, scissor kicks, squats, lunges, and pushups for a wakeup call!  The first day, the security and police came to check out what the heck was going on and quickly realized that it was something cool, not a problem.

Overall, this was an incredible experience and something I will never forget.  It was an unexpected honor to get to meet and spend time with Jocko and Leif.  I am really looking forward to applying the lessons I learned with our team at City Wide of MN and seeing our company’s leadership continue to grow!

 I would highly recommend their book, Extreme Ownership, and Jocko Podcast!
 



 

 

Friday, October 21, 2016

Welcome, Maghan Aschoff!

Mitch Brunette: Director Of Operations

I am very excited to introduce and welcome to our FSM team, Maghan Aschoff!  She came on board almost 4 weeks ago and it’s been a lot of fun helping her to have a good understanding of our business, systems, and practices.  She has a background in the financial industry, people management, and client relationships.  Additionally, she comes from a family with a background in construction and property management.

Maghan was very eager to learn about our company in the interview process.  Likewise, we really enjoy getting to know more about our candidates, to ensure it’s an excellent fit all around.  From her ride along to the first week getting into buildings and meeting clients first hand, it’s been a great experience from both sides.  We’re looking forward to seeing her take the reins and own her territory!

Outside of the workplace, Maghan enjoys spending time with her family.  She has 11 year old twins that keep her active with their love for sports, and they all enjoy a good camping trip or biking on trails. 
 
We are very excited to have Maghan on the team, and look forward to getting to know her and her family more as time goes on!

Friday, October 7, 2016

Ryder Cup

Tyler Olson: Senior Sales Executive

Last weekend, a number of us from the City Wide Team had the opportunity to go to the Ryder Cup, here in Minnesota.  The event was held at Hazeltine National Golf Course in Chaska, MN.  This was a historic event, as the Ryder cup is only in the United States every 4 years, and has never been held in Minnesota before. It was an amazing experience to have this right in our backyard. 

A brief history on the event, for those who don’t know:  The Ryder cup started in 1927, in Massachusetts.  The event is a golf competition that occurs every two years, between Team USA and Team Europe.  It is named after Samuel Ryder, who donated the trophy in the first competition.  The original competition was between the USA and Great Britain, but was expanded to all of Europe after the second world war, due to the dominance of Team USA.

Back to our experience at the event.  Greg (owner), Brian (controller), Mitch (DOO), myself, and one of my buddies from outside of City Wide, attended the event.  We arrived there well before the gates opened up and were near the front of the line.  When gates opened we hurried to the Tee 1 grandstand and were able to get seats to the early morning festivities, including chants, cheering, and a spontaneous national anthem, as the sun rose, which made its way onto multiple news outlets including CNN.  After the morning groups went off, we followed the groups to different holes and were able to watch a good amount of golf.

For those who don’t follow golf, the USA pulled off the win on Sunday, and ended an 8 year drought.

I don’t think that this event will ever be back in MN in my lifetime, but if so I would suggest checking it out!