26 08, 2016

The Return on Investment of Fun in the Workplace

By | August 26th, 2016|Leadership Values|

Before presenting a team building seminar to a local business, the co-owner, who at one time worked with me, introduced me as the manager who taught him the importance of having fun in the workplace. I was jubilated that this is what he remembered because I remembered a young manager (that would be me) who [...]

25 08, 2016

Easy to Use 7 Point New Hire Common Mistakes Checklist   

By | August 25th, 2016|Leadership Values|

I didn’t write this post, a group of TKO graphics finishing department team leaders did. I facilitate bi-weekly leadership development meetings with six team leaders. They each work with a few employees, training, directing, and helping teammates. They’re involved with training new hires. In our last meeting, we discussed the importance of giving new employees [...]

24 08, 2016

10 Tips on Motivating Salespeople

By | August 24th, 2016|Sales & Marketing|

I’ve spent more time managing sales teams than any other activity in my long and varied career. When I first became a sales manager, I was a good salesperson but a crappy manager. Although I tried, I wasn't effective at motivating salespeople. I managed people like projects; as if they were all the same, not [...]

22 08, 2016

5 Things Vehicle Graphic Designers Want You to Know to Make Your Life Easier

By | August 22nd, 2016|Vehicle Wraps & Graphics|

Vehicle graphic design is an art and a science and vehicle graphic designers are artists as well as scientist. Vehicle graphic design is the art of sharing a singular message and making it stand out from thousands of others. And it’s the science of sculpting a three-dimensional image to the exact specifications of a vehicle [...]

18 08, 2016

Where to Find Post Images that Aren’t Boring

By | August 18th, 2016|Social Media & Networking|

Every, single, published post needs at least one image. People are moved by images. A picture speaks a thousand words. People expect pictures. A post without an image looks less than professional. You need to find post images for every blog you publish. Where Can You Find Post Images? I’m not a designer or photographer, [...]

18 08, 2016

6 Steps to Communicating about Communication

By | August 18th, 2016|Leadership Values|

A friend asked for my advice on a panel discussion she is chairing as well as organizing. The topic of her panel is communication. The discussion is part of a regional seminar for a large not for profit organization that has many layers of participation. I thought about it and offered her the following points [...]

17 08, 2016

Who’s Going to Write Your Blog?

By | August 17th, 2016|Social Media & Networking|

Let me begin this discussion by telling you who shouldn’t write your blog. If someone has to be talked into writing, they may not be the ideal candidate. Sounds obvious, doesn’t it? But it happens, and the reason it happens is managers think because someone is qualified they’ll want the job. Forcing someone to take [...]

15 08, 2016

Going Once, Twice—Sold! Mecum Auto Auction Trailer

By | August 15th, 2016|Featured Customers|

Have you watched Mecum Auto Auctions on TV? They specialize in rare, antique, and custom cars. My wife, who participates in sanctioned events in her classic Corvair, loves to watch the auction, and I get a kick out the many muscle cars on the auction block. They’re the cars I grew up with. The Mecum [...]

12 08, 2016

Keys to Trade Show Booth Design Part Two

By | August 12th, 2016|Trade Shows & Events|

Have you ever set up a trade show booth? Did it have tiny nuts and bolts and instructions that showed part A attaches to section Z? Did it take hours to set up? I have, it’s no fun, and regardless that the booth was effective it made the job harder than it needed to be. [...]

11 08, 2016

5 Networking No-No’s

By | August 11th, 2016|Social Media & Networking|

There’s a story behind this post. My best friend, my wife, was asked a judgmental question about a third-party at a recent event. My wife is more patient than I. Much more. She let the speaker finish then politely asked, “May I curse?” When the speaker consented she asked him what business of his was [...]