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e-NewsLetter Volume 12 Issue 5
Tuesday March 1, 2011

In this issue:


Creating a Team

    "Teamwork is so important that it is virtually impossible for you to reach the heights of your capabilities or make the money that you want without becoming very good at it."
      --- Brian Tracy

Those of us that started out business by ourselves appreciate when we reach a point when we can bring someone else on board. It is sometimes a difficult decision whether we keep running the show alone or spread the load to others for the sake of the business --- and our sanity. There is no right or wrong decision as there are countless sign companies that are one-person shows and are very successful in their field.

If the decision is made to bring others to the party, the players now become part of a team and there is a paradigm shift from the all-in-one coach, player, trainer, and equipment handler, to a team of members sharing responsibility.

    "The best teamwork comes from men who are working independently toward one goal in unison."
      --- James Cash Penney

This new relationship should be managed like a team. Most any sports team can be used as an analogy. If it is a football team, all players have roles and responsibilities and each player must perform to the best of their abilities in order for the team to win. In business, each team member must know what their role is and know how to carry-out their duties so that their contribution propels the entire team toward success.

    "Teamwork is the ability to work together toward a common vision; the ability to direct individual accomplishments toward organizational objectives. It is the fuel that allows common people to attain uncommon results."
      --- Andrew Carnegie

As with sport's teams, there must be a leader that coaches and guides the team members. That person must give direction and create a vision for the team to follow. As the leader, he or she must set expectations, but also know the limitations of each team member and should work to improve any weaknesses a team member might have by providing education and training. The leader is looked upon by the team as the one who sets the course or path for the business to travel.

    "None of us is as smart as all of us."
      --- Ken Blanchard

However, the leader should also be of good character and humble enough to know that each team member contributes toward the success of the company, treating each member with dignity and respect.

    "We must all hang together, or assuredly, we shall all hang separately."
      --- Benjamin Franklin

Finally, while the team members have a responsibility to the business, (knowing that their contribution not only drives the business toward success, but also determines whether they see next week's pay check), the leaders must understand their responsibility for their team members. The well-being of each member (that the leader has spent time, energy and money bringing on board!), should be of concern for the leader. Separate from a printer, cutter, computer, or truck, these assets come equipped with a brain and a heart, both of which are required for the success of your business.

    "The strength of the team is each individual member...the strength of each member is the team."
      --- Coach Phil Jackson Chicago Bulls

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Feature Articles

City of Dreams: A Media Mecca in Macau
By Louis M Brill

With a glowing radiance as your approach the city skyline, you think you're approaching Las Vegas, but it's the cityscape of Macau, an island off of Mainland China, that for decades has been a gaming Mecca of the Orient. And a unique view it is...
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LED Maintenance Thoughts
By Fritz Meyne, Jr.

With the almost total acceptance of LED for channel letters and increasing use of dedicated modules for cabinet lighting, our industry has to look at the long term effects of such a liability free product.
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Funny Signs

As seen on a billboard ad for a safe company::

    "If your stuff is stolen, it's not our vault"

At a country diner in Georgia:

    "If we weren't meant to eat animals then why are they made of meat?"

As seen in Maine at Hussey's General Store:

    "Guns, Wedding Gowns, and Cold Beer"

We know those funny signs are out there. Take a moment and send them in to us and we'll share them with the world. Send all hysterical observations to:

Product Showcases

3M Offers 7-year Warranty for Vertical Surface Applications, New 3M Scotchcal Overlaminate 8528
3M Commercial Graphics (St. Paul, MN) is presenting its 8528 Scotchcal glossy overlaminate. The topcoat is designed to withstand such environmental conditions as UV rays, extreme temperatures, acid dew and other conditions common in dense, urban areas. The 2-mil, cast material provides excellent conformability and dimensional stability, the company reports, and is designed for us with solvent, latex and UV inks. 3M offers a two-year warranty for horizontal-surface applications, and seven years for vertical surfaces.
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Accent Signage Systems, Inc. is a wholesale fabricator of interior signage utilizing Raster® Braille.
We provide Raster® Braille as part of both finished signage as well as a stand alone solution for your sign shop. Are you producing tactile interior signage on your own, in-house? Our Raster® Pen and Raster® Braille supplies provide you with the tools necessary to produce ADA-compliant signage easily. Our automated Pen systems allow you to produce Braille signage 5 times faster than our handheld model.
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3M Brushed-metal-finish Films
3M’s Graphics Market Center introduces brushed-metal-finish films to its Scotchprint® 1080 wrap film series. Offerings include aluminum, titanium, steel, blue-steel and gold. The removable, cast films are designed for vehicle wraps and details that don’t require graphic protection. The pressure-activated adhesive enables the substrate to slide and be repositioned until firm pressure is applied, and the air-release channels provide fast, easy and nearly bubble-free installations, the company reports.
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Get Your Free Trade Show Pass to the ISA International Sign Expo 2011
The International Sign Association’s International Sign Expo returns to Las Vegas, Nevada, April 27–30, 2011, with the latest sign trends and technologies driving the growth of the visual communications industry
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Saw Trax Panel Saws for Your Sign Shop
Combo cutting machines are simply the only choice for Sign Shops. They cut all materials used in sign shops. It's Faster, Accurate, Cleaner, Easier, Safer. Five cutting options to choose from...Makita 15 amp saw, Scoring Razor Knife, ACM/DiBond rolling shear, Floating Router & Floating Freedom Saw. Check it out now.
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