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e-NewsLetter Volume 19 Issue 7
Monday April 2, 2018

In this issue:

Product Showcases

Graphic Tracer Professional - Convert bitmaps into Vector Graphics in Minutes!
With Sensedge(tm) auto-tracing, quickly fix most common shapes, arcs, curves and lines using 'smart' clean-up tools. Automatically identify and replace text in graphics with the correct font. Able to identify over 100,000 fonts.
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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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Are you leaving your money on the table?
Is your business one of the many B2B companies that could be leaving thousands of dollars on the table each year when accepting commercial credit cards from your business or government clients? You can find out with no obligation. Isn't that worth checking?
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Premium Clipart Library - 500,000 Artworks / $49 for a Year
Introducing VectorState, an online library of exceptional quality royalty-free vector art, created by top artists around the world. A one-year membership for just $49 - click above to take advantage.
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Why Commit To A Modular Sign System?
By choosing a preferred sign system and using it regularly, you become even more expert at designing and manufacturing signs. You and/or your shop will work more efficiently, lower your labor costs, make effective use of inventory, and begin to recognize potential applications for a variety of different jobs. You'll even save time and increase your chances for additional sales.
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SIGNLAB V10 - Exceptional design and production software. Exceptional prices. CADlink Technology Corp.
Industry-leading sign making, large format display software. Dozens of new, time-saving, easy to use features from V9.1 and even more from older versions. Call now for your upgrade price: 1-800-545-9581
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Customize Your Style

    "My management style is there is no such thing as non-important people in the company."
      --- Mickey Drexler

Depending on where one researches, most management experts break down management styles into five or six types. These include autocratic, coaching, affiliative, participative, and pacesetting. Some managers adopt a little from each style and others stick with just one way of managing.

It's not that sticking to one is completely bad and it all depends on under what circumstances you are managing. For example, an autocratic style is basically, "It's my way or the highway." This style comes in handy for emergency room situations, or military, law enforcement, or fire rescue operations. There has to be a manager calling the shots in life or death situations.

But this same style doesn't work very well in areas or industries where you want employees to think for themselves and make decisions as they see fit. Having a manager say, "Because I told you so," won't work in creative businesses or a company that needs team members to think on their feet.

    "You can be stern and forthright, and that's my management style, but when you lose it totally, that's a sign of weakness."
      --- Jon Huntsman, Jr.

A pacesetter management style is one where the manager rolls up his or her sleeves and shows employees what needs to be done and how to do it, and expects those employees to follow in suit. Jack Welch, nicknamed Neutron Jack, the former CEO of General Electric was a pacesetter and he expected his managers to do the same. The style worked for him at the time and General Electric soared to greater heights than ever before.

    "The secret of successful managing is to keep the five guys who hate you away from the four guys who haven't made up their minds."
      --- Casey Stengel

The coaching management style is where the manager shows employees how it's done and then coaches them through the work. This style requires the manager to first establish a good relationship with the employees. Employees will respect the coaching from a manager who they first know cares about them.

    "The prevailing - and foolish - attitude is that a good manager can be a good manager anywhere, with no special knowledge of the production process he's managing. A man with a financial background may know nothing about manufacturing shoes or cars, but he's put in charge anyway."
      --- W. Edwards Deming

The affiliative style of management strives to establish a harmonious relationship, putting people ahead of tasks. This style looks at the needs of team members to make sure they are satisfied with their roles before giving them projects. It is based on that if the employee is happy, the work will get done. The downside is that if a deadline isn't met, the people-first attitude can fly out the window.

    "Managing a business, small or large, today requires an extremely disciplined, thoughtful approach with regard to the pressure that people are under."
      --- Howard Schultz

Every management style has its pros and cons and the key is knowing when to use which style. It is easier to determine if the manager remembers that the ultimate goal is to reach 100% employee engagement. An engaged employee has the same heart and mind into the work that the manager and owner has. Your style should include a mix of the standard styles blended with your own personal style to guide all team members toward full engagement.

Feature Articles

The Future of White Collar Jobs: Will White Collars Be Replaced with Automation?
By Johnny Duncan

The future can be a scary thing to behold, especially for businesses. Competition, economic situations, and screening, hiring, and training employees adds pressure to an already chaotic environment.
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Funny Signs

At a Santa Fe gas station:

    "We will sell gasoline to anyone in a glass container"

In a Chicago nightclub:

    "Emergency Evacuation Plan: Run Like Hell!"

At a laundry shop somewhere in Kansas:

    "How about we refund your money, send you a new one at no charge, close the store and have the manager shot. Would that be satisfactory?"

We need those funny signs you have seen in your travels, come on, we know they are out there. Send them to us at:

Making Possible

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Sean Scott

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