Still in danger

Right Now May Be a Perfect Opportunity to Revisit a Few Foundational Questions

We have been spending a lot of time in ZOOMworld, “onsite” with our members statewide. We listen to teams, we discuss best practices for supervision, we work through some kind of “resetting” of our business and practices, and we find ways to embrace positive transition techniques.

While many teams are currently reflecting on the remarkable resiliency they are witnessing and experiencing, some are a bit uncertain about what the future holds. Either way, we are compelled to consider those things that are foundational and most important for our organizations. In these discussions I continue to hear about a hunger for those things that keep our feet planted in the right places.

My best mentors over the years have emphasized the value of thinking beyond the moment, stopping, sometimes for a brief moment along the journey, to check our mission and strategy GPS. With all the disruption and uncertainty, right now may be a great time to ask a few basic questions. This list comes from one of our training partners, The Table Group:

  • Why Do We Exist?
  • How Do We Behave?
  • What Do We Do (What Business Are We In)?
  • How Will We Succeed?
  • What Is The Most Important Thing Right Now?
  • Who On The Team Must Do What By When?

Any and all of these questions can be woven into a team meeting, or a supervisory coaching session.

My favorite of these questions is What Business Are We In? Several of our members are redefining the way that they connect to the community, to the people they serve, and to their work group.

Have you had an epiphany about the business you are in? Are you redefining your work? Are you in a different business than you used to be? We would love to hear your stories.

Yes, it is time for some agility. It also may serve us well to consider big picture. We just may breathe easier into the Fall.



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Bob's Red Mill

One thing I have enjoyed the most about working from home is that I now have more time to get creative in the kitchen. My new go-to resource has been the recipe section of Bob’s Red Mill website which features a large variety of wholesome cooking ideas for every meal of the day. Bob’s Red Mill features a bountiful selection of stone-ground, whole grain, organic, gluten free, and paleo-friendly flours fit for any kitchen. If you care about eating and cooking healthy then Bob’s Red Mill is your go-to supplier.

Some things you might not know about Bob’s Red Mill are:

  1. Bob Moore and his wife Charlee met on a blind date in 1952. Twenty-six years later they founded Bob’s Red Mill together. It was Charlee who first inspired the couple’s whole grain adventure when, in the early 1960s, she decided to create a healthier life for her family by feeding them wholesome, natural foods—fruits, vegetables, beans, and whole grains.
  2. Bob’s Red Mill uses old world engineering of a stone mill. Their stone grinding mills are much like the one used during early Roman times. Unlike high-speed steel rollers, their quartz millstones ensure the most nutritious part of the whole grain remains intact.
  3. You don’t have to leave your house to purchase Bob’s Red Mill products. Their online store features hundreds of products that you can order with a click of a button right here. Or, if you prefer, you can use their convenient store locator to find the closest location that carries their products. If you live in the Portland area you can also visit their well-stocked Whole Grain Store located at 5000 International Avenue in Milwaukee, OR. The company store is open Monday through Friday from 9 am to 5 pm. Currently the restaurant is temporarily closed due to COVID-19.
  4. Although my immediate family doesn’t have any special dietary restrictions, I find that an increasing number of friends are eating gluten free, paleo or vegan. It is nice to have a quick and easy resource for recipes and ingredients to accommodate their needs. Check out the recipe for these delicious Individual Stone Fruit Crumble pies. I used peaches and added a dollop of whipped crème for a satisfying summer treat.
  5. It was important to Bob and Charlee to create wholesome products that would be sold world-wide and to create a work environment that would attract and retain great employees. As part of that endeavor, in 2010 Bob created an Employee Stock Ownership Program (ESOP) that would give employees stock in the company and provide them greater financial security. Author Ken Koopman wrote the book “People before Profits,” an inspiring story of the vision behind Bob’s Red Mill.

Cascade is proud to have the opportunity to feature our member and outstanding employer Bob’s Red Mill.




It’s with excitement that we announce the launch of Cascade’s next generation web site. We’ve made this investment to better serve employers and to provide you an enhanced digital/virtual experience.

Here’s a glimpse of the Member Only resources you’ll find:


Take a look here at all of the helpful content and new functionality:

  • Easy Navigation
  • Members Only Area
  • Question of the Week
  • COVID-19 Resources
  • Straightforward Solutions
    • Consulting – Advice and Project Support
    • Training – Online, Onsite & On-Demand
    • Compensation & Benefits – Pay Plans and Group Programs
    • Partner Solutions – Savings for Members

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