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Great Teams

Posted On: July 13, 2020 by Mike Mallaro in: Employee Ownership, Social commentary, VGM, Work Culture

The summer when I was twelve I played on the Gibson Red Sox baseball team.  Our team finished the season with a record of zero wins and sixteen losses.  We were what our record said we were.    Today most of us are part of teams – maybe a company, a department, a family or a community group. We each have a job to do as part of a team, with individual job duties and responsibilities.  But perhaps more importantly, we each have an...
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Tags: greatteams, people, teamplayer, teams

Ownership

Ownership

Posted On: May 22, 2020 by Mike Mallaro in: Employee Ownership, Opinions, Social commentary, Work Culture

Renting has its advantages. No commitment. No investment. Free from entanglements. Owning on the other hand, requires investment. It means putting something at risk. Ownership comes with commitment, obligation and responsibility. You might say ownership requires you to be all-in. When it comes to your career and your life, ownership is worth the investment. In fact, it’s the only way to go. Employee-ownership of business is the pathway to career and personal fulfillment. Further,...
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Power of One Principle – Make a Difference 

Power of One Principle – Make a Difference 

Posted On: May 11, 2020 by Mike Mallaro in: Employee Ownership, VGM, Work Culture

Few things in life are more satisfying than knowing that you’ve made a difference. No matter our role – employee, leader, parent, competitor, volunteer – making a difference must always...
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Tags: power of one principles, vgm, difference

Power of One Principle – Welcome Change

Power of One Principle – Welcome Change

Posted On: May 4, 2020 by Mike Mallaro in: Employee Ownership, VGM, Work Culture

The pace of change has never been faster, and it will never be this slow again. Innovation will continue, customer demands will evolve and disruption of all sorts will continue, including a pandemic. As Darwin famously said, “It is not the strongest of the species that survive, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change.” Our sixth Power of One Principle encourages all of us to be adaptable, be curious, adopt a growth mindset, and remain open to new ideas...
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A Message to VGM Employee Owners: Create Your Future

A Message to VGM Employee Owners: Create Your Future

Posted On: April 23, 2020 by Mike Mallaro in: Employee Ownership, VGM, Work Culture

A stressed case manager in Springfield is looking to send out a referral on a complicated injured worker case. We can help. A guy in the New York suburbs is waiting on the CPAP cleaner he ordered. We’ll get it there. A practice in Montgomery is looking to secure insurance coverage to protect their business. We have a solution. A DME in Minneapolis has put out respiratory equipment and is hoping it gets collected today and paid to them tomorrow. We’re on it. A firm in Dubuque...
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The Power of One: Provide Meaningful, Memorable Service

The Power of One: Provide Meaningful, Memorable Service

Posted On: April 22, 2020 by Mike Mallaro in: Employee Ownership, VGM, Work Culture

Customers demand compelling solutions to solve their challenges and relieve their burdens, provided at a fair price. It’s easy in business to get hung up on the transaction part of the equation, and forget what makes your offering compelling. If the best reason that we give people to do business with us is that we offer the best price, then the relationship that we have with them is merely transactional. Here at VGM, we strive to create a community for our customers to belong to, where we...
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The Power of One: Protect Our Company

The Power of One: Protect Our Company

Posted On: April 19, 2020 by Mike Mallaro in: Employee Ownership, VGM, Work Culture

Being a business owner isn’t easy. If it were, I suppose everyone would do it. There’s a lot of risk that comes with owning a business instead of just working for one, and a lot of hard work and sleepless nights that go into protecting what you’ve worked so hard to build. If you want to continue serving your customers and offering them solutions, then you need to be vigilant against the things that might stop you from doing that. In our business, the most obvious threat is cybercrime....
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Tags: security, protection, cyber, reputation, vgm

The Power of One: Own Your Ownership

The Power of One: Own Your Ownership

Posted On: April 18, 2020 by Mike Mallaro in: Employee Ownership, VGM, Work Culture

Van G. Miller, Jim Walsh, and John Deery, Jr. are the founding fathers of VGM. They started this company back in 1986, and they nurtured it with determination, passion, and courage. In 2008, they made the monumental decision to sell their company to its employees, and this choice has resulted in over a decade of boundless opportunity, prosperity, and meaning for everyone fortunate enough to be a part of the VGM family. Ownership is more than shares and dollars. It’s a mindset, a point-of-view,...
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Tags: esop, ownership, vgm, ownit

Values: The Power of One

Values: The Power of One

Posted On: April 16, 2020 by Mike Mallaro in: Employee Ownership, VGM, Work Culture

Our companies are the sum of the people who work for them and the customers that they serve. Further, people have wants and needs that go beyond getting and spending. They aren’t just looking for a paycheck every week or a non-descript service to buy. Today, more than ever, they’re looking for a community that they can belong to full of people that share their values. Values are a powerful part of our identity, both individually and corporately. If they’re taken out of the equation,...
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Tags: vgm, values, culture, culturescape

Choices

Choices

Posted On: November 22, 2019 by Mike Mallaro in: Community & Loneliness, Employee Ownership, Healthcare, Work Culture

We all exercise freedom of choice every day of our lives. We choose our partner, how to spend our time, and where we buy our groceries. We choose the shows we watch, which religion we’ll follow (if any at all), and which sports teams we'll cheer on. The people you serve in your organization exercise their freedom of choice every day as well. Every person you do business with has a choice. They can choose to work with you, or they can choose to do business with someone else. They can also...
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Tags: choices, freedom, community, connections, relationships