Eagle West: Investing In Leadership

When Jim Barkman walked into our L3 workshop in 2010, he was in a good position in the industry.

His company, Eagle West Cranes, was in the process of growing from two cranes to more than 150, and the company's employment surged up to 325 employees during their busiest seasons. But Jim didn't want to settle – he was ready to take on an industry, and he wanted to do it while keeping Eagle West focused on two important factors that carried it: "great service and great employees."

It was here that he met Dr. Balaji Krishnamurthy, chairman of Think Shift, who spoke at his TEC group about leadership and corporate culture. Instantly, Jim was on board.

Beginning in 2010, when Jim attended our L3: Leadership = Leverage + Legacy workshop, he connected strongly with the philosophy of intentional leaders as the driving force of strong companies. Over the course of the intense, three-day workshop, Dr. Balaji Krishnamurthy challenged Jim to analyze his own leadership style and the direction of his company - how could he serve as an intentional steward for his own developing leaders, and the existing senior leaders at Eagle West Cranes?

Jim returned to his company, taking these ideas to heart.

Over the next four years, Eagle West Cranes and Stampede Cranes engaged in a trusted cultural partnership with Think Shift. Eight members of the Eagle West team have graduated from our L3: Leadership = Leverage + Legacy workshop, and Eagle West has hosted five seperate culture workshops for team members.

During that time, we had the pleasure of developing personal relationships with many members of the staff. Balaji, in particular, became a trusted partner to many on the Eagle West senior team. “Balaji is an amazing individual," says Eagle West's President and COO, Bob Fairbanks, who attended the program on Jim's recommendation. "The time spent at L3 developing my Leadership Agenda was extremely valuable for me and my team.”

Leading Eagle West team members through Think Shift's customized culture workshops and investing in his entire senior team to spend three long days away from the office to develop themselves as leaders, Jim demonstrated a continued desire for teaching and growing his staff, preaching personal development as a strong value for Eagle West Crane employees.

In September of 2014, Eagle West continued its growth as it joined the forces of TNT Crane and Rigging.

"I look forward to the continuous success of the organization, as well as the growth of employees," Jim said.