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Shared Experiences Drive Deep Human Connection

By Jeff Schiefelbein on October 29, 2020

We could break every sales record and I wouldn’t be as proud as I am of our team today.”

When I receive these notes from fellow 5ers, it reaffirms my belief that shared experiences drive deep human connection in the workplace. We orchestrate unique and meaningful events throughout the year for our team that inspire creative thought, socialize stories of client impact, embrace diversity, unleash a childlike wonderment, and provide a platform for powerful vulnerability and individual growth. The shared experiences at 5 are a cornerstone for our award-winning culture.

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Our Secret Performance Tool: Team-Based Coaching

By Jeff Schiefelbein on September 23, 2020

Have you ever heard a friend or co-worker say that their annual performance review helped them to modify existing behaviors and transformed their performance going forward? Of course not. I believe that most annual performance reviews are designed to simplify a manager’s decisions concerning pay raises and bonuses while reducing an employee’s entire contribution down to a series of numbers and canned summary statements. It is disheartening to see the lack of effort that is put into the individual growth and development of our most important assets.

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Why the Name 5

By Jeff Schiefelbein on August 27, 2020

We spend most of our lives in classes, sports and jobs that reinforce the need to look good and to be right, often at the expense of others. Many of our relationships become a zero-sum game; for me to win then someone else must lose. Organizations can be very successful while the individual team members operate with this mentality of “I’m right and you’re wrong." But there is a better way to build a company culture that acknowledges the dignity and contribution of every team member while also winning on the scoreboard of business through growth, innovation, and profit.

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For the 5th Consecutive Year, 5 Appears on the INC. 5000

By 5 on August 12, 2020

Irving, TX - August 12, 2020

Inc. magazine today revealed that 5 is No. 1787 on its annual Inc. 5000 list. This is the fifth consecutive year that 5 has appeared on this prestigious list ranking the nation’s fastest-growing private companies. The list represents a unique look at the most successful companies within the American economy’s most dynamic segment—its independent small businesses.

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Cedar Crest Buddies

By 5 on July 30, 2020

Social distancing and reduced amounts of human contact and connection have taken an emotional toll on countless people across the globe. This is especially true for senior citizens who are among the more vulnerable community members to coronavirus. In the spring, many of the 1,500+ residents of Cedar Crest, a senior living community in New Jersey, were unable to leave their apartments and had meals delivered to their door three times per week.  These circumstances have had a significant effect on the well-being of the residents.

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The Kids Table with Amelia Moore

By 5 on July 29, 2020

The outbreak of COVID-19 forced Amelia Moore, who was finishing her master’s degree in Art Therapy at the Pratt Institute, to pause the in-person practical components of her program. Like many other students, she was forced to leave school and return home. Stay-at-home orders and social distancing prompted her to wonder how parents and kids were holding up in this new world. Quickly Amelia noticed that her father, 5’s Chief Strategy Officer and one of our Founding 5ers, was able to conduct most of his business remotely using Zoom.

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Let There Be Light

By 5 on June 23, 2020

Let There Be Light International (LTBLI) is a non-profit organization based in Buffalo, New York, whose mission is to bring solar power to people and communities without access to an electricity grid. 

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Topics: Culture
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5 Named Among the Top 10 Best Companies to Work for in Texas for the Fifth Consecutive Year

By 5 on June 19, 2020

Irving, TX - June 19, 2020

For the fifth consecutive year, energy advisory firm 5 was named as one of the top 10 Best Companies to Work for in Texas, having placed third on this year’s list. The award was created in 2006 and is a project of Texas Monthly, the Texas Association of Business (TAB), Texas SHRM and Best Companies Group.  The list of the 100 Best Companies to Work for in Texas and how they rank was revealed at the Texas Association of Business (TAB) Best Companies to Work for in Texas Virtual Gala on June 18, 2020.

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5 Secrets That Drive Our Thriving Culture

By 5 on June 18, 2020

We are honored that 5 has once again been named as a “Best Workplaces in Texas” by Texas Monthly magazine. This is the 5th consecutive year that we have been named in the TOP 10 Best Workplaces in Texas and we are proud that our company culture continues to impact our many stakeholders, including our employees, clients and suppliers.

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Topics: Culture Education
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5 Named Best Workplace in America Four Years in a Row

By 5 on May 27, 2020

This month our team is celebrating our 4th consecutive appearance on Inc. Magazine’s Best Workplaces in America list. From our humble beginnings over 8 years ago, we have been intentional about building our culture with the fundamental belief that our company should create a positive outcome for our clients, employees, suppliers, vendors and the environment.  One of the ways we have done this is through our involvement as a stakeholder in a movement called Conscious Capitalism, which seeks to elevate humanity through business.

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