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e-NewsLetter Volume 16 Issue 16
Monday August 17, 2015

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In this issue:


Product Showcases


The 2015 SGIA Expo in Atlanta, Georgia November 4–6
Offering qualified and educated attendees (like you!) the unparalleled chance to experience the hottest technology, the markets and opportunities. This dynamic show, in one of the East Coast’s most dynamic cities, is where leading imaging professionals will showcase their best products, methodologies and innovative applications.
Read on...


Pro Vehicle Outlines 2015 from CADlink
Over 860 new and updated templates included! More than 9860 templates in all make it the largest vehicle template library of its kind. FREE 12 month online subscription included with all Pro packages. Same great after sales support. Special upgrade pricing. Click for more.
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Smoldering New Colors from 3M™ Wrap Film Series 1080
Stop car enthusiast in their tracks. Eight new colors, including Satin Smoldering Red and Matte Riviera Blue, bring the 3M collection to 83 colors and finishes. This high-performance film needs no printing or overlaminate, so it’s ready to use right out of the box. See colors and get samples online.
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EstiMate Sign Pricing Software: Sign Estimating & Business Management Made Easy
Get the tools you need to determine what you need to make in order to cover your costs and achieve your profit goals, then making sure every single job is priced to meet your target – all the while giving you professional printed, faxed or emailed estimates that you can have in your customer's hand literally minutes after getting the job specs. Click for more info.
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NEW Suite of 3M Envision Wrap Films -- High performance plus sustainability
The world’s first non-PVC, high-performing wrap film just got better. The new suite of 3M™ Envision™ Wrap Films offers 100% printer compatibility and includes the only non-PVC luster wrap overlaminate on the market. Welcome to the Revolution. Click above for details & samples.
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The Simple Way to Create a Digital Message - modular e Digital Signage Software
modular e is a web-administered digital sign application that is easy to implement and use. No servers, no IT support, and no graphic designers are needed to deliver professional results. Choose from industry specific templates and customize your signs with modular e ACTIVE MODULES. modular e is cost effective for one display or thousands.
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Calling All Leaders

    "Leaders aren't born they are made. And they are made just like anything else, through hard work. And that's the price we'll have to pay to achieve that goal, or any goal."
      --- Vince Lombardi

Here in Central Florida, there is a push to get rid of the position of Valedictorian in high schools. The thought process, (assuming that any thought went into it), is that having one person who earns that honor to give the goodbye speech at graduation, (the Latin for Valedictorian is "farewell sayer"), is unfair to other students who didn't receive the same honor. The suggested alternative is that every student is a Valedictorian, or otherwise, everyone is a winner without working for it. Instead of paying the price to win, students can relax knowing that they are all winners.

Other than what is obviously flawed with this view to most of us, is that a tradition of this kind will ultimately create a pool of followers whose minds are trained to not strive for winning, but for mediocrity. With the reputation of an already weak leadership in the US, small businesses cannot afford to be led by committee. We need strong leaders with stiff backbones and who can take decisive action.

    "Outstanding leaders go out of their way to boost the self-esteem of their personnel. If people believe in themselves, it's amazing what they can accomplish."
      --- Sam Walton

There are many books on leadership and most all of them list common traits necessary to lead. The consensus from almost all leadership experts is that some are born natural leaders, but anyone can learn to be a great leader. None of these experts or leadership books ever suggest that an organization can survive without a leader.

So, if businesses need great leadership and people can learn to be a leader, why don't we focus more on our leadership skills? Why aren't we always looking for better ways to lead? And probably most importantly, why aren't we building leaders in our businesses?

    "Inspirational leaders need to have a winning mentality in order to inspire respect. It is hard to trust in the leadership of someone who is half-hearted about their purpose, or only sporadic in focus or enthusiasm."
      --- Sebastian Coe

These are really easy questions to ask, and I am probably looking more in the mirror when I do ask, than I am directing it to you, the reader. But these are great questions to think upon from time to time. Self improvement in the leadership field is an ongoing task and should be a daily part of our business lives. Some quick and easy first steps is signing up for quality leadership newsletters, like the one from John Maxwell or downloading some free notes from Peter Drucker and other leadership gurus. Tweaking our leadership skills and building stronger leader muscles benefits everyone.

    "Good business leaders create a vision, articulate the vision, passionately own the vision, and relentlessly drive it to completion."
      --- Jack Welch

We can't create successful businesses and change the downward spiral from our perch as world leaders in innovation, productivity, invention, and market trailblazers unless we make a conscious effort to be great leaders. We can't change the economic environment until we first agree to successfully lead in our industry, our community, and our businesses. A call has to be made for leaders to stop shilly-shallying and take control.

Let the weenies of the world rid the Targets of gender-specific toys, consolidate restrooms, give rewards to those who don't earn them, and make everyone a Valedictorian. The rest of us need to, and should, lead.

    "Great leaders don't need to act tough. Their confidence and humility serve to underscore their toughness."
      --- Simon Sinek


Advertiser - 2015 SGIA Expo
2015 SGIA Expo

The 2015 SGIA Expo (Atlanta; November 4–6) will offer qualified and educated attendees (like you!) the unparalleled chance to experience the hottest technology, the hottest markets and the hottest opportunities. (And we’re not talking about the weather.) This dynamic show, in one of the East Coast’s most dynamic cities, is where leading imaging professionals will showcase their best products, methodologies and innovative applications.

For more info, visit:
http://www.sgiaexpo.org


Feature Articles

Reworking Your Production Workflow
By Eileen Fritsch

Getting the right combination of workflow automation software, computing power, and digital printing equipment in place now can lay the foundation for future growth.
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Advertiser - 2015 SGIA Expo
2015 SGIA Expo

The 2015 SGIA Expo (Atlanta; November 4–6) will offer qualified and educated attendees (like you!) the unparalleled chance to experience the hottest technology, the hottest markets and the hottest opportunities. (And we’re not talking about the weather.) This dynamic show, in one of the East Coast’s most dynamic cities, is where leading imaging professionals will showcase their best products, methodologies and innovative applications.

For more info, visit:
http://www.sgiaexpo.org

Funny Signs

As seen in front of bait shop in Georgia:

    "Ice cold watermelons. We have worms"

Sign in restaurant in Dallas:

    "You smokey-- You go to Pokey"

A sign seen on an automatic restroom hand dryer:

    "Do not activate with wet hands"

We need those funny signs you've seen in your travels, come on, we know they're out there.
Send them to us at: info@signindustry.com.


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  Sean Scott

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