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The Future of Offsite Manufacturing and Leadership, Ben Hershey

Effective Ways Leaders Solve Problems

Originally published in April 2019, this advice from Ben Hershey still holds true today. With as many problems as we all face in our work and life, it seems there is never enough time to solve each one without dealing with some adversity. Problems keep mounting so fast that we take shortcuts to alleviate the

PRESS RELEASE: 4Ward Solutions Group Appoints Owen Eldridge As Vice President

4Ward Solutions Group is proud to announce Owen Eldridge as Vice President. Owen is a team-oriented leader with almost 20 years experience in the building industry.

Set the Course of Your Business

By Ben Hershey, CEO, 4Ward Consulting Group, LLC Many of us just returned from this year’s BCMC show. How appropriate it was to be in Columbus, a city named after a visionary who discovered the new world, and the theme was “Set Your Course.” In your business, no matter the role you serve, you have

The Importance of Change Management in Today’s Business Climate

By Ben Hershey, CEO, 4Ward Solutions Group The current global demand for personal protective equipment (PPE) has created a severe shortage of PPE across the world. And while regular distribution channels ramp up, we have seen several creative ways some individuals and companies are making changes to support our COVID-19 response, including obtaining and producing

Are You Communicating the Same Old Message?

By Ben Hershey, CEO, The 4Ward Group of Companies Here we are at the start of 2020 — Happy New Year!  As we begin the year, we’ll likely have times when we look at the past and then look forward, as we plan our strategy and set the tone for our teams and work with

Strategy, Culture, and BCMC

By Ben Hershey, 4Ward Consulting Group, LLC Two manufacturers walk into the BCMC Show. One is a seasoned manufacturer who has been attending the show for many years and will learn something new, but really just goes to shake hands and be seen.  The other manufacturer is new and eager, ready to learn and network

What Tools Are You Using

By Ben Hershey, 4Ward Consulting Group, LLC  I really enjoy local county fairs and local attractions, because they give us an opportunity to see cool things from the past or something related to the area (and our fair has fresh roasted corn!).  Recently at our local fair, the Stanwood Fair, I walked into a building

The Importance of Our Leadership Actions

By Ben Hershey, 4Ward Consulting Group, LLC Recently, a Pastor at our church, Morgan MacPherson, shared a teaching from the Book of James talking about how our Actions Speak Louder.  Though there was a lot of “meat on the bone” from what he shared, one of the additional thoughts I brought home was how important

Measure the Tempo of Your Operation

By Ben Hershey, 4Ward Consulting Group, LLC  My wife Dianne and I were recently going through some of our old family photos and I came across this photo of Dianne’s Dad, Jack Hendershot, as a teenager on his bike delivering ice in the early ’50s.  For those who may not know, before the advent of

Empower Your Team to Success

By Ben Hershey, 4Ward Consulting Group, LLC When I recently started some restructuring work for a client, I saw a sign posted on the wall. As shown in the image here, it took a sad approach to giving 100% at work. How many of the associates on our teams show up to work on Monday