Don’t Underestimate The Power of Mastermind Groups

Napoleon Hill developed the concept of the mastermind group over 75 years ago. He writes in his book, Think and Grow Rich, about using mastermind groups as a way to help navigate through the challenges of growing a business and the power provided by the collective intelligence of a peer group. How...

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How To Get Employees Involved And Inspired

Business Development Meetings for Employees Engaging Your People’s Hearts and Minds Do your employees know your vision for the company? Is everyone excited to be there? Do your workers have a voice? How prepared is your staff to be a part of change? Holding a company-wide meeting to talk to your...

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Organizational Strategy, A Bridge To Your Future

Creating a structure for growing toward your vision Your organizational strategy is a key system for achieving your strategic objective. But it will only work if you keep in mind “the present must be made to serve the future!”   No single system you create in your business will be more powerfully...

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Unlock The Potential In Your Shop

Tap into the power of your Value Chain. As we all know operating a sign company can be a daunting task, to say the least. Building and keeping track of all the materials, inventory, parts & sub-assemblies, LED lighting components, engineering, drawings and specifications, structures, paint...

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What Am I, A Mind Reader?

5 Effective ways to communicate better without saying a word. I‘ve got to tell you I really get worked up when someone sends me an e-mail with a subject line that isn’t relevant to the message. So, much so it drove me to write an article about it! How many times a day do we get email strings 7-8...

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10 Ways To Improve Shop Efficiency

There are many well run sign shops around the world but most of the small ones (10 to 15 employees) I’ve had the pleasure of visiting have a lot of work to do, behind the scenes, before they are operationally efficient enough to deliver dependable results to customers and reliable profits to their...

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Change Is Not a Four-Letter Word.

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard the phrase “we don’t change very fast around here” from sign business owners. Usually I take it as a brush off tactic because it feels like they don’t want to talk about the nasty little six letter word called CHANGE. From what I see looking in with outside eyes is it appears what they really mean to say is “we don’t change at all around here!”

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The Real Cost of Shop Rework and 5 Ways to Prevent It

You know that dependable quality is one of your most important competitive strategic tools. Whether small or large, a manufacturing organization needs to provide customers with great products AND service exactly as promised each and every time... Quality control is a key component in this formula....

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Can Absentee Ownership Work in a Small Business?

Many small businesses have owners who rarely show their face in the business and delegate operational responsibilities to a “manager.” Other owners work full-time in their businesses but certainly cannot be expected to be at the business from the time it opens until the time it closes. With this...

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Building Customer Relationships – A Must!

Building strong customer relationships is a must for any business. Although in certain businesses such as retail, e-commerce, or walk-in service establishments (restaurants, dry cleaning, etc.), it might seem less important. Regardless of the type of business, however, building relationships does...

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