I took a management style quiz the other day. It was good. It was well thought out, to the point, and offered valuable advice. The answers I gave, fit my overall leadership style but that’s not always the style I use or the style best suited to the situation. It has been my observation that […]
A wise man once told me in business, as in life, there’s no such thing as stagnant; you’re either on your way up or the way down. In business, how does one gauge improvement? The most obvious answer is net receipts. Is the company growing and is it profitable? That may be the most conclusive […]
I was scanning articles in a recent issue of Transport Topics when a headline caught my eye, “Regional LTL Benton Global Ends Operations; First Publicly Announced Failure This Year.” It’s sad when any company ceases operations especially when the economy is thriving. The only good that may come of it is as a cautionary […]
If you’re a designer, much of this is common knowledge. If you’re new to design, you might be overwhelmed with the selection, cost, and difficulty of choosing a design program. I can’t tell you which program to choose, because everyone’s workflow and learning style are different, but here’s a starting point.
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After a recent social media breakfast, I chatted with an acquaintance. I asked about her first born, now a toddler, and she shared about her new marketing position with a local contractor and then introduced me to the owner. We shook hands, exchanged pleasantries, and I asked about his vehicle graphics needs. I gave him […]
There’s a certain mystique to wrapping a race car. It’s partially the romance of the sport—man and machine pushed to the edge of their limits in America’s modern day gladiator rings and it’s partially due to the creativity allowed, even expected, when designing a race car wrap. Race graphics need to inform the public of […]
Last week we terminated a department manger. She had been a hardworking, loyal employee for several years. She was good at organizing the work and meeting production standards and most of the time she worked well with her team and other departments—most of the time. Occasionally she reacted in anger and eventually “occasionally” became one […]
TKO Team Talk is a chance to get to know us—one team member at a time. It’s a glimpse behind the curtain. In this series, we ask individual teammates four questions. The questions are designed to share insights into the family of TKO companies and reveal a little about the people behind the brand.
Tom is […]
I remember chatting with a local television newscaster about sales. The TV personality had built a reputaion for championing underdogs and corporate exposé. When I told him he’d make a great salesperson he was offended. His impression of a salesperson was one of a sociopathic liar and cheat; someone whose singular motivation was making the […]