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e-NewsLetter Volume 7 Issue 3
Wednesday, February 1st, 2006

In this issue:


On Leadership

    "Leadership in today's world requires far more than a large stock of gunboats and a hard fist at the conference table."
     --- Hubert H. Humphrey

What is it that makes a good leader? Can leadership be learned or are people born with it?

Pat Williams, General Manager of the Orlando Magic and motivational speaker, believes that leadership can be developed. He states, "Over the course of researching my four books on leadership I have found that some people say that leaders are born that way-it's genetic; it's a fixed and immutable trait. Most, however, are convinced that leaders are made, that every person has at least some leadership ability, and that virtually any person can become a leader on some level."

    "The real leader has no need to lead-he is content to point the way."
      --- Henry Miller

While leadership skills can be learned and refined, some people have more natural talent than others. Some seem ready and able to take charge of any situation, even from an early age. Others have other natural leadership gifts. Some are naturally gifted public speakers, organizers or motivators. Gifts and abilities, however, are not distributed equally across the entire population.

A passion for success and a desire for leading others is a good beginning. The rest can be developed through studying other great leaders, taking leadership courses, getting feedback (constructive criticism), and joining leadership groups.

    "I don't think that a leader can control to any great extent his destiny. Very seldom can he step in and change the situation if the forces of history are running in another direction."
      --- Richard M. Nixon

How difficult it is to try to turn around a working machine like your company after it has decided on the opposite direction. As always, communication is the key, but way before the people you are leading decide to go their merry way. Having a plan in place that is conveyed to everyone gives a leader a head start.

The desired leadership, people looking for someone with direction, is at the heart of your workforce. People are seeking a strong leader so take the bull by the horns and lead.

    "People ask the difference between a leader and a boss.... The leader works in the open, and the boss in covert. The leader leads, and the boss drives."
      --- Theodore Roosevelt

Distinguishing yourself as a leader means that you will sometimes go it alone. You will need to set the course and stand by your decisions. Of course, it helps if your decisions are well-thought out and that you've done your homework.

    "The final test of a leader is that he leaves behind him in other men the conviction and the will to carry on.... The genius of a good leader is to leave behind him a situation which common sense, without the grace of genius, can deal with successfully."
      --- Walter Lippmann

The successful leader is also one that can motivate his team to not only do what needs to be done in order to make the company a success, but to motivate them to think on their own, to generate ideas, to overcome obstacles and to, essentially, be a leader.

    "To be a leader of men one must turn one's back on men."
      --- Havelock Ellis

ISA Western States Sign Show - Advertiser
Clear Your Calendar. The Western Sign Show Is Coming to San Diego in February!
San Diego, California - February 8-11, 2006

The Western Sign Show, to be held February 8-11 in beautiful San Diego will feature more than 100 exhibit booths, displaying the latest in products and the most advanced technologies developed for the sign industry. Plus, attendees will have the chance to take advantage of invaluable educational opportunities, including special presentations from ISA’s Discovery Seminar Series.

Find out more at, contact the ISA at: (703) 836-4012 or

Feature Articles

Applying Vinyl Over Molding, Curves and Body Creases
By Jennifer LeClaire

Installing graphics on vehicles ­ or wrapping entire vehicles for that matter ­ presents some unique challenges rarely encountered on other substrates. Find out how to get around these difficult issues.
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Laser Engraving Part 3: The Possibilities
By Diane Bosworth

The word, 'versatility' is often used to describe today’s laser engraving and cutting equipment: for good reason. Not only can you use the same system to cut out parts and engrave them, the material and product choices are seemingly endless as are the markets in which people use lasers.
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Digital Signage CONTENT STRATEGIES - Advertiser
Digital Signage for Venues & Public Spaces

North America's first conference on Digital Signage for Venues and Public Spaces takes place at the Hilton McLean Tysons Corner Hotel in Washington, DC on Tuesday February 28 and Wednesday, March 1, 2006.

This unique educational and networking opportunity features key insights and case studies from a stellar line-up of industry leading experts.

Learn how your organization can benefit from this incredible new technology.

To register, email or call 1.866.453.3345 in North America.

Funny Signs

Lettering on Wrecker Service tow Albertville, Alabama

    "The cheapest hooker in town"

Lettering on a plumbing service van in Albertville, Alabama

    "A royal flush beats a full house any day."

As seen on a sign in a Kokomo, Idaho:


Have you seen any funny signs lately? Why not share them with the world? Send your comments, suggestions, and hysterical observations to:

Product Showcases

3M Control-Tac 180C for $0.98 per sq foot for solvent printers
Click above for these and other featured products from JSI Sign Systems
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Beveled Edge Metal Letters from Gemini
Gemini can add that special finishing touch to your metal letters. New this year are beveled edges on flat cut metal letters. You have the option of choosing a polished face with a polished bevel, satin face with a polished bevel, satin face with a bead blasted bevel in aluminum, bronze, brass and copper. See examples of these new finishes at Booth #1916 at the International Sign Expo.
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FC7000 Series Cutters from Graphtec
High quality results demand the highest-quality product available. Efficient, durable, and amazingly accurate, the new FC7000 series goes beyond any cutter currently on the market in terms of value and return on your investment.
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ISA proudly presents the 60th Annual International Sign Expo, April 5-8, in Orlando, Florida.
The ISA International Sign Expo draws tens of thousands of attendees every year and this is your personal invitation to sign up today! We anticipate another record-breaker this year, with exhibit sales already surpassing last year’s record! The exhibits, educational programs, and special events are all waiting for just one move from you – sign up today to experience the show of a lifetime!! Come celebrate 60 years of success. Don’t miss this extraordinary event!
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SummaCut D120 SE Special
From now until March 31, 2006 get Summa’s popular 48-inch SummaCut D120 SE for the low price of only $3,695.
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Sign Industry News

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INDUSTRY ALERT- Street Graphics and the Law
By International Sign Association

Find the history and impact of Street Graphics and the Law and see its recent revised release in October will have an impact on your clients rights and your businesses future if we don't intervene.
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