Placers’ Insights

WDEL Interview 11/18/2021

by Jason Mathews on November 18, 2021 in WDEL Radio


Chris joined WDEL this morning to talk about vaccine mandate guidance and overviews of the program that is proposed. Host Peter MacArthur also asked about the unemployment numbers coming closer the pre-pandemic levels and what that could mean for the job market. Lastly, Chris shared his thoughts about how to retain staff during the Great […]

The Years Behind an “Overnight Success”

by placers on November 12, 2021 in Outside Insights


When asked about Apple’s “overnight success”, Steve Jobs explained that it was 18 years in the making. Sometimes we make success look too easy and the real gold is in the lessons learned and the many mistakes we make on our way to reaching success. A decade and a half ago Rob Gilfillan and I […]

Colin Powell was my role model for leading from the heart.

by placers on October 29, 2021 in Outside Insights


Every month in our “Placers 101” new employee orientation, team members participate in an exercise that helps them understand the concept of leadership and specifically what I refer to as the concept of “leading from the heart”.  The lesson aims to ingrain an important fact into our team: That we get to choose how we […]

WDEL Interview 10/28/2021

by Jason Mathews on October 28, 2021 in WDEL Radio


Placers President Chris Burkhard was able to join WDEL’s Peter MacArthur this Thursday morning. He talked about the economy’s unemployment situation with the jobs report being announced. Chris also shared thoughts about the continuing Great Resignation as people change their employment situations. Lastly, the holiday season is right around the corner, Chris and Peter talk […]

Entrepreneurs, Listen to This

by placers on October 15, 2021 in Outside Insights


There is one truth for all entrepreneurs – success depends on who you have in your corner. There are the well-known characters: your co-pilots in business, dedicated team, and cheerleaders at home who make up your personal army. Then, there are the characters who get less fanfare but whose role isn’t any less critical: the […]

What Ted Lasso Taught Me About Life

by placers on October 1, 2021 in Outside Insights


I am not sure how you’re choosing to distract yourself these days – lately the world seems to be oh so serious all of the time. If you listen to or read Outside Insights content, you’re familiar with my journey and my recipe for living your best life. I read, meditate, do yoga, work out […]

WDEL Interview 9/23/2021

by Jason Mathews on September 23, 2021 in WDEL Radio


Chris was back on WDEL for the first time since August. He joined host Peter MacArthur to talk about where the unemployment numbers are today and what we can expect to see as the economy continues to deal with COVID. Chris shared his thoughts on the major number of workers changing jobs, The Great Resignation. […]

Are You a Change Agent?

by placers on September 17, 2021 in Outside Insights


Change agents have learned to embrace change, to plan for uncertainties and to recognize opportunities within challenges. They prefer to make something happen rather than to react when something happens to them. While we’re working towards this level of adaptability, most of us can’t say that we’re change agents – yet.   In my humble opinion, […]

The Never-Ending Pandemic

by placers on September 3, 2021 in Outside Insights


Yesterday I read a meme that referenced the never-ending pandemic. “The new normal” had gone on so long that I had time to get in shape once…and then get out of shape again. I know this is how many of us feel right now. It’s like the pandemic 15 (which is a real thing), not […]