Heros, Families & Many, Many Thanks on Memorial Day

Memorial Day Weekend is just around the corner.  For many, this means Graduations, Family Barbeques, the Indianapolis 500 and more fun events.  For many more, this weekend reminds us of one of the great unifiers of our country – the contributions to service that nearly every family has made….

The Actual Cost of FREE Software

Don’t you love it when you determine that you need something – and then you find out that it’s free?  “Yes, we have that.  It’s included in your _________ – for free.”  Cue the happy dance. The Cost of Free More often than not, something that is “free” may…

A Strategy Behind Hiring the Right Person

Last week, I wrote about the criteria and steps that I use in hiring.  This week, let’s talk about the process – from an operational need and fit.  Again, it’s the Jim Collins direction of “the right person in the right seat”. Just like with one of our automation…

Preferences in Hiring Practices

This week, I had the privilege of participating in an Intern Fair at the Midwest Digital Marketing Conference hosted by the University of Missouri, St. Louis.  Being there brought back fond memories of the years I spent as a sales manager with Wang Laboratories (remember them?) and doing college…

Excellence Wins: My Take-Aways from Horst Schulze

This week, I had the pleasure of finishing Horst Schulze’s new book, Excellence Wins: A No-Nonsense Guide to Becoming the Best in a World of Compromise.  It was released last month and relates his journey in the hotel business over the past half century.  It does an excellent job…

SQUIRREL! – Living in a World of Distractions

I don’t know about you, but one of the funnier – and certainly very relatable – parts of Pixar’s movie Up was when Dug (the dog) would suddenly get distracted by just the mention of a squirrel.  Unfortunately, that type of behavior is now part of our everyday lives…

ROBBERY DENIED! – An Automation Success Story

A couple of years ago, we published a post on “The Key Components to Move a Pilot to Production” that featured fellow St. Louis technology firm, Blue Line Technology.  Blue Line has an industry-leading capability in intelligent facial recognition security solutions. One of their customers in Yakima, Washington made…

The Importance of Breaking Good Habits

  Eating better, exercising more, quitting cigars (ouch) – are all examples of changes in 2018 addressing my continuous list of not great habits that needed attention.  The list seems to be endless – and sometimes repetitive (my success rate isn’t exactly 100%).  So with all of my bad…

Digital Marketing – A New Adventure

Over my twenty years as a business owner, I have had to change business practices a number of times to stay current.  Most recently, this included a new approach to our website, learning to use social media and now – digital marketing. Digital Serendipity As we were looking at…

2018 – A Time to Celebrate Relationships

As we finish another year at HL Group, I think it is a great time to reflect on where we are – and also thank all of those who make this company successful.  We celebrated our 20th Anniversary last summer – and we didn’t get here on our own. …