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We All Need Somebody to Lean On

By 5 on February 26, 2021

The recent winter storm in Texas reminds us that living our mission of helping others starts by caring for our families, neighbors, and co-workers. Our team, like yours, has experienced firsthand the emotional and physical stress caused by natural disasters, family emergencies, terrorist attacks, and more. When the power went out for millions of Texans, many of whom also lost running water as well, those of us who were not in the dark joined together to continue advising our clients while also rendering aid to one another. Below is a brief look into two of our team’s stories:

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Just Say No to Quid Pro Quo

By Jeff Schiefelbein on January 27, 2021

Since the onset of deregulation, energy brokers have been accustomed to receiving gifts, expensive meals, and lavish trips from suppliers in the name of relationship building. This quid pro quo approach can drive energy brokers to favor one supplier when selecting a winner at the end of a supposedly competitive bid process. Not only does this barrier to objectivity diminish the focus on the needs of the client, but it also produces subpar results that erode the entire value proposition of energy deregulation.

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“You’re Gonna Regret That”

By Jeff Schiefelbein on December 22, 2020

I can still hear the echoes of the worst recruiting advice I ever received as we were launching our business 9 years ago. When I told seasoned leaders in our industry that we were not planning to ask our sales team to sign non-competes and non-solicits, they consistently said, “you’re gonna regret that.”

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Your Employees are Not Being Honest… and It’s Your Fault

By Jeff Schiefelbein on November 24, 2020

I bet many of your teammates are spreading falsehoods about your company, leading to distrust, half-hearted effort, and apathy. Sounds crazy, right? The craziest part is that you are a contributor to the distortion, but thankfully, you also hold the keys to unlocking the solution.

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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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