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Nov Program Recap: “Culture Eats Strategy for Breakfast”

Posted on Nov 23, 2015 by

Paul and Jane Skogen borrowed $500 and in 1946 opened a 3,000 foot IGA grocery store in Onalaska, WI. Over the years the Skogen family acquired a number of small stores. When Paul passed away, his son Dave took over operations. After identifying shifting trends in the buying habits, Dave opened their first Festival Foods store in 1990.

Festival has thrived in large part because of their pervasive culture, which Nick Arlt summed up in two words: “Be Nice.” And, as Peter Drucker noted, “Culture eats strategy for breakfast.”

The following are just a few of highlights from our amazing November program:

Culture is driving by….

  • Servant Leadership – To lead is to serve the legitimate needs of others by removing obstacles and working toward common goals.
  • Execution – Get things done while exuding passion and focus, and having a sense of urgency in day-to-day work.

When adding new associates, Festival hires for attitude and trains for skill.  “We want to be an integral part of the communities we’re in,” Arlt said. “We’re in the relationship business…we just happen to sell food.”

Wishing you learned more? Don’t miss out on our next program and Join today to get the first-hand experience and full meeting highlights.