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An Engaging Conversation

Posted by Christina Rosado on 11/6/19 7:15 AM

The first day of the inaugural PRINTING United trade show kicked off with a bang, with the excitement continuing into the Opening Night Party at Gilley’s Dallas. But the conversations were only getting started, with two more days for attendees to explore the event’s show floor, education and special events. This was especially the case for the apparel decorators community, who came together to connect with their peers at the Apparel Decorators Luncheon on Thursday, October 24. For some, it was a time to network within their industry and put faces to names, while for others, it was all about learning.

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Topics: Printing Industry, Printing United, Apparel Decorators, Employee Engagement, Employee Management, Business Operations

Inspiring Commitment as Leaders

Posted by Jamie Parker on 8/14/19 10:00 AM

How do we address the personal, human side of business and leadership with our inherent management expectations of delivering results?

As managers and leaders, our jobs are multifaceted. We play different functions in our interactions with team members. These functions exist on a continuum, ranging from directing to connecting.

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Topics: Printing Industry, Leadership and Culture, Employee Management, Business Operations

Positive, Empowering Performance Discussions

Posted by Linda & Tery Tennant on 7/1/19 7:25 AM

Have you been frustrated with annual performance reviews? If so, you are not alone. Many people do not look forward to this annual event, whether on the giving or receiving end! 

Traditional annual performance reviews are not effective due to the long time interval between them. Also, they are often not based on specific, job-related performance measurements that have been agreed to upfront with the employee. This results in surprises — many times unpleasant ones.

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Topics: Employee Engagement, Employee Management, Business Operations, Professional Development

The Selling Owner Challenge

Posted by Bill Farquharson on 5/22/19 1:51 PM

The job description for today’s average print shop owner reads like a run-on sentence: Manager, bookkeeper, delivery, customer service, occasional pressman, bindery operator, janitor and, if there is any time left over, sales representative.

But it’s that last title that starts the process. Without sales coming in, those other tasks don’t exist. Why then do selling owners use only the remains of the day to do the one thing that matters most? What is holding the selling owner back from stepping into this role and building more business?

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Topics: Business Solutions, Sales, Networking, Employee Management, Business Operations

Simple Sustainable Steps for the Printing Industry

Posted by Marci Kinter on 4/22/19 12:44 PM

Sustainability. It’s a word not often directly associated with printing, but I beg to differ. With SGIA’s Sustainable Business Recognition Award program, we continue to see members taking steps to reduce their environmental impact and increase their sustainable footprints.

This year, we’ve recognized 30 facilities for their sustainability programs, focused on all three pillars: people, profit and planet. I’m sharing a few highlights to not only inspire you to take your first steps, but to show that a sustainable journey does not have to be difficult. In fact, it can start with the simple act of changing your lightbulbs.

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Topics: Business Solutions, Sustainability, Employee Management, Business Operations