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Mike Natalizio

Recent Posts by Mike Natalizio:

What 250 Executives Taught Us About the Future of Business

One year ago, we began a project to get unbiased and anonymous feedback from our clients about their opportunities for growth and what holds them back. 

250 CEOs, CFOs, HR Directors, and Safety Managers from 50 different companies responded to questions on the topics of Leadership, People, Brand, Risk & Employee Benefits. This is what they said.



Almost 80% of respondents stated that they were optimistic about the future of their company. There is a lot of opportunity out there for companies with the capabilities to act on it.

Topics: Leadership / Strategy

What is a strategy?

It's the most overused word in business. 

Everyone claims to have one, and every salesperson has one to sell you. Yet for every 100 'strategies' created, you'd be lucky to find a single one that has been executed all the way to the finish line. 

Strategy has lost its meaning. But it is more important than ever. In a world that tempts you with short-term fixes, it's the only thing that can guarantee long-term progress. 

Topics: Leadership / Strategy

The risks worth taking

There are many devastating things that could happen to your company. Technological obsolescence, nuclear war, a cheap Chinese alternative.

If you choose to fixate on them, these thoughts can consume your days and paralyze your company’s strategic initiatives.

On the other hand, there are also many other (much more fixable) things that are eroding the value of your company – things that you have the power to solve with relatively little effort.

Topics: Leadership / Strategy

HNI Announces 7 New Principals

Last week HNI announced the addition of seven new principals – increasing the total number of owners to 22. Although these folks have been long-time employees of HNI, tenure wasn’t what earned them an invitation into the ownership circle.

Risk advisor promises to help you hire top talent – or give you $350

HNI is convinced that they can help their clients recruit and hire top people.  

The company announced earlier that they are bringing in the world's leading experts at recruiting and hiring – The Adler Group - for their next HNI University event. 

"The Adler Group has changed the way we look for and evaluate talent", says HNI's CEO Mike Natalizio

Passing of a colleague and friend - April Weatherston

“We’re going to be better today than we were yesterday and better tomorrow than we are today.”


The folks at HNI work side-by-side with each other to help our clients every day.  We share more than just work- we become friends and members of the HNI family.  Nobody knit the HNI family together more than April Weatherston.  Fifteen years ago April joined HNI and it didn't take long for her to start the process of building team spirit.  When April became the Director of Insurance in Wisconsin she took it upon herself to get her college degree so she could confidently lead and encourage all those that worked under her wing.  To say April valued personal development is an understatement and she challenged all to do the same.  

How To Bring CLARITY

Effective leadership is all about clarity.  Being clear about where you want to go, what you want to achieve and how you're going to get there.   

Topics: Leadership / Strategy

Our First Draft Pick: HNI Illinois


The 2005 NFL Draft found Aaron Rodgers landing in Green Bay as the 24th overall pick.  It’s unlikely that you will even recognize the 23 players chosen ahead of the Discount Double Check King. 

Selecting your teammates is never an easy task -- and sometimes you just have to go with your gut.

An Open Letter to Our Future Gamechangers

Dear Future HNI Employees,

In spite of the fact that the economy is still recovering, I know that your skills are in high demand. You A-player, gamechanger types have no shortage of options at your disposal...so why should you join our team?

Topics: Leadership / Strategy HR / Employee Benefits

leading in[tension]ally


Tension is an unavoidable part of change. If you have a direction, you know where you want to be, and you’re poised to execute - anxiety will almost inevitably ensue.

Topics: Leadership / Strategy