Career DevelopmentCommunicationConfidenceService LeadershipTalent EngagementTeamValues

The Shopko Optical Story…Authentic Confidence in Action

I grew up shopping at Shopko. It was a big deal to be able to experience one of the original super stores in our area and I loved it. I was sad to hear about the Shopko story and I wrote about it in the May 2020 release of my book Authentic Confidence: The Secret to Loving Your Work and Leading an Unstoppable Career. I shared that the Shopko Corporation was founded in 1962 and…
Ben Fauske
May 27, 2020
Career DevelopmentCommunicationSelf-AwarenessValues

The 5 Questions That Will Determine What Drives You

What Drives You? One of the problems I had early in my life is a complete lack of focus in my career. I jumped from one job to the next with no plan. After taking a communication course, I realized something was missing. I did not have a clear picture of what I valued most in my career. Most people drift through their careers never taking the time to declare what matters most. So when…
Ben Fauske
April 25, 2017

Do You Have Confidence In Your Team?

When I started working with this team, it was tense.  No one looked at each other, no one wanted to be there and it was my job to help the team.  The team was filled with resentment, frustration, bitterness and anger.  No one was having any fun.  I asked them, “Do you want to be a team?”  A group of individuals does not make a team.  A team is a group of individuals invested in…
Ben Fauske
March 10, 2017
Career DevelopmentCommunicationSelf-AwarenessService Leadership

What is your Career Highlight Reel?

When I was a kid everyone would ask what I wanted to be when I grew up.  I never had a good answer, until I watched Jack Nicklaus win the 1986 Master’s Golf Tournament.  The announcer called him a “living legend.”  Well the next day at school my fourth grade teacher asked everyone what they wanted to be when they grew up.  She went around the room and heard all of the typical answers; nurse,…
Ben Fauske
February 1, 2017

Are You Communicating With Style?

There are many great conversations around the holidays.  Unfortunately, there are also some weird conversations.  There is nothing more awkward than being in a one-sided conversation.  The person is going on and on and doesn’t realize you are no longer listening.  You started off trying to be a good sport and hang in there, but you start to lose focus after the fifteenth cat story.  The problem is a lack of self-awareness. When people lack…
Ben Fauske
December 23, 2016