Natalie Feldhake joins the Big River Group team as Research Associate Intern. Natalie earned her Associate’s Degree in Liberal Arts from Ridgewater Community College in 2016. She is a recent graduate from Minnesota State University where she obtained her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology in December of 2018. While at MSUM, Natalie’s undergraduate research focused.. read more →

I am really excited to start the St. Cloud area Breakfast Leadership Series for the 12th year! 12 years ago,  I was thinking about my most effective clients and discovered that a key differentiator for those organizations was the presence of a strong, effective inside leader in a support role. The person you rely on when you cannot.. read more →

Over the last decade, mindfulness initiatives have demonstrated progressive influence on employee health, productivity and organizational effectiveness. The American Psychological Association reports these practices can: • Reduce stress • Improve cognitive flexibility • Enhance memory and focus. Successful leaders need to evidence a high degree of self-awareness and stress tolerance. We want our leaders to be able to.. read more →

Most leaders are not entirely comfortable managing conflict, however conflict in the workplace is a very real factor that can cause individual employees to reduce engagement or decrease their self-motivation. Effective leaders understand the importance that conflict management has on the organization, and they take appropriate steps to acquire the knowledge and develop the skills.. read more →

The purpose of a stay interview is to identify the reasons why top performers choose to remain in the organization, identify what can be done to keep them engaged, and to recognize potential determinants of what might cause them to leave. This allows managers to pinpoint what’s working, what’s not working, and what can be.. read more →

In today’s workforce, leaders are required to oversee a broader range of generations than ever before. With different generations come different preferences in work styles, coaching styles, knowledge of technology, learning methods, and the types of skills employee’s possess. One of the greatest challenges for leaders is understanding the upcoming generation, the millennials. This generation.. read more →

You find yourself managing a team of people who work from multiple remote locations. How do you do you supervise and lead these employees to meet your organization’s goals? These key tips will give you some tools to keep your virtual team motivated, feel like they are part of a team and focused on success!.. read more →

The culture of an organization represents the basic beliefs and assumptions shared by employees about the organization’s expectations and values. What an organization values assists in the understanding of what key elements truly matter. These values could include respect, teamwork, customer-focused, visionary leadership, etc. Organizations deliver culture through rituals (meeting structure, customer service procedures), artifacts.. read more →

Of all the training that I do, conflict and resistant employees have remained in first & second place as the most sought after topics over the past 20 years. One of the problems that I experience on this topic, is incredibly inexact diagnosis of the sources of conflict inside organizations. It can usually be pinpointed.. read more →