Print Industry Strategies for Second Half of the Year

Print Industry Strategies for Second Half of the YearWe are now at the second half of the year for 2015. Have you ever stopped to review where you are before the year is finished?

As basic as this sounds, most people do not review their progress. Those who achieve their goals are very focused and regularly review their progress.

The saying goes “You get what you expect when you inspect with regularity.”

If we want to meet our goals then we need to regularly review our progress. There is great value in stepping back and reviewing the first six months of the year. A review will not only help us feel good about our accomplishments but help us stay focused on what we need to do to achieve our goals.

Here are five actions you can take to exert leadership over yourself, your area of responsibility and/or your company. Read more

Changing Leadership Styles in the Print Industry

Changing Leadership Styles in the Print IndustryLeadership styles are always evolving—changes have been especially notable in the past ten years.

It used to be that the most effective leadership style was “Command and Control.” This style was inspired by the way we led our troops in World War II. This method has continued to find favor right up to the present moment in the print industry.

However, this leadership style has given way to a more effective style we can label “Inspire and Engage.”

In a command and control environment, leaders decide to tell everyone what to do, and subordinates are expected follow orders.

On the other hand, leaders can choose an inspire and engage style. In this environment, we communicate to our team the vision, mission, values, milestones, and plans that will inspire them. Then we ask them to personally get engaged in helping the company to achieve those print industry goals.

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Fear: Five Ideas to Help Slay Your Dragons

fearHave you ever been overcome by fear to the point where you think you cannot slay your dragons?

All of us reach that point on occasion in our lives, as well as in today’s challenging print industry.

Slaying your dragons in this context means overcoming our fears.

Fear holds many people back from achieving the kind of life they dream of, and from realizing the results of the God-given gifts with which they have been blessed.

There are many ways that we can overcome our fears.

Here are five ideas to help you overcome your fear, slay your dragons, and reach your potential: Read more

Relentless Optimism Moves the Print Industry


Have you ever thought about what continues to propel some people forward in the print industry in spite of whatever setbacks they encounter?

One thing that moves people forward is having relentless optimism. I’m talking about the kind of person who does not get down—or at least not for long.

These people see opportunity all around them and refuse to allow negative thoughts to germinate. Here are a few reasons to develop and maintain relentless optimism:

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Six Steps for Preparation for Growth

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If you have the desire to grow your print revenue as a principal, salesperson or customer service representative, have you ever thought about the importance to prepare for that growth?

Before launching a new product or new capability or capturing a new type of customer, it is important to be prepared prior to going for it.

The culture around us says, “just do it” and encourages us to just jump in and figure it out as we go. This may work in some situations, but being prepared for a growth opportunity increases the likelihood of the successful outcome we desire.

Here are several steps that define a process to follow to be certain you are prepared for growth:

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Innovate with These Five Ideas

innovateDo you ever wonder how other people come up with great ideas to innovate their businesses, their jobs or their lives?

Sometimes these ideas occur haphazardly and we have an awakening.

However, there are ways we can be more proactive to create ideas that can change our businesses, our jobs and our lives.

Last week I covered a few ideas.

Here are several others that can be utilized to innovate: Read more