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e-NewsLetter Volume 7 Issue 16
Tuesday, August 15th, 2006

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In this issue:

 

Pay Attention

    "Life is denied by lack of attention, whether it be to cleaning windows or trying to write a masterpiece."
      --- Nadia Boulanger

You may remember the Hawthorne experiments conducted in the 1920s. (Not to say that you were around then, but perhaps you've heard about them.) These were the experiments conducted to measure productivity of workers at the Western Electric Company in Chicago.

In a nutshell, experiments were conducted to find out what increased the quality and the output of workers in one particular factory. Workers were attempted to be manipulated by changes in pay, lighting levels, rest breaks, and other scenarios.

    "Attention and respect give pleasure, however late, or however useless."
      --- Samuel Johnson

The surprising outcome of these experiments is that the productivity and the quality of the work increased with each new variable. One of the most interesting was the manipulation of the lighting.

The lighting was increased and decreased to various levels. With each change, the workers output improved. Puzzled, the researchers finally concluded that the change in lighting had no effect on the workers. It was the fact that the workers were being studied, that someone was paying attention to them that created the positive outcome.

    "True art tries not to attract attention-in order to be noticed."
      --- José Bergamín

Your team members may not need to have experiments conducted in order to perform at a higher level. Human nature dictates that we all have a desire to be noticed, liked, and appreciated. Whether your team is performing at a high level or barely getting by, remember that each person in your company desires to be noticed.

There are subtle ways to pay attention to a team member without drawing attention to him or her. Some people don't like being pointed out even in a good light, but most everyone enjoys the one-on-one attention--- the personal, thoughtful notice from a superior.

    "Talent is nothing but a prolonged period of attention and a shortened period of mental assimilation."
      --- Konstantin Stanislavsky

Paying attention to others brings out the best in them. Even a child is said to feel love from attention, whether good or bad attention. But, attention to details in your work can produce astonishing results as well. Sounds obvious, but most of us barely scratch the surface when it comes to working "deeply" on a project.

We are all so absorbed with the next item on our to-do list that we don't pay complete attention to the task at hand. We need to become so engrossed with our project that a major earthquake would hardly be noticeable to us.

    "There are people who pay attention to the weaknesses of their friends; that is to no avail. I have always closely watched and profited from the strengths of my adversaries."
      --- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

We need to pay attention to others on our team and learn what their needs are. We need to pay attention to our tasks and become completely focused on completing the project as if it were a masterpiece going on display.

Finally, we need to pay attention to what is going on in our market. A good way to stay in touch is to read the various trade journals, attend trade shows, and talk to your peers in the industry. Learn what others are doing and pay attention to the direction that they are going, where your competitors are going, and to where your industry is heading.

    "Constant attention by a good nurse may be just as important as a major operation by a surgeon."
      --- Dag Hammarskjöld


Advertiser - HP
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Feature Articles

Vinyl Graphic Removal Made Easy
By Johnny Duncan

Vinyl removal can be a pain…that's a fact, but there's a new kid on the block that can help to make your vinyl removal projects less labor intensive and quicker to complete. And that's worth reading about.
Read the article...


Onyx Delivers a RIP in Many Sizes to Fit Your Shops Needs
By Terry Lee

With the maylay of printers pouring into the marketplace there is always the need to have the right RIP for the right workflow for a shop. We've overviewed the product offerings from Onyx to help you see the benefits available for your shop.
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Funny Signs

Sign in downtown Detroit on the Fisher building door:

    "Caution: Automatic Door (push to operate)"

Sign on an elevator in West Chester University:

    "In case of fire do not use elevator, use water"

Sign from a Dentist's office:

    "Pain Free. Any other services, we charge"

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

Product Showcases


Brightboard™ ­ High Impact, Low Cost and Easy to Use Digital Signage System
In the space of a single static printed sign, you can now show a perpetual slideshow of high resolution images (including full motion video with audio) to get the message across. Adding or changing messages is fast and simple. Ideal for way-finding or promotion.
Read on...


Presto Pop-Up Frames by Testrite!
A virtual high impact portable billboard. Great for displaying wide format digital output. Best quality Pop Up frames available anywhere. Made in the U.S.A. Super sharp price points.
Read on...


Fastac: Rapid Channel Letter Assembler for Attaching Letter Backs to Letter Returns
Fastac is a Underwriter's Laboratory approved method of channel letter assembly that is 75% faster than traditional methods of assembly! It has a 60'', fully automated table that adjusts for 2'' to 10'' letter depths, and the stapler allows for 60-80 1/2'' galvanized staples per minute, depending on the shape and size of the letter. The stapler can penetrate up to.063 (x2) aluminum or .040 aluminum and 3/16'' polycarbonate using a full crimped staple (not a stitch method).
Read on...


Read R-Mail for the latest Roland news and information
This issue of R-Mail is packed with information on new Roland products, events and promotions.
Read on...


The latest from HP is all about outdoor.
Introducing the new low-solvent HP Designjet 9000s series printer. Designed specifically for signs, banners, vehicle graphics and other large-format applications that require excellent image quality and durability, the HP Designjet 9000s series printer truly delivers. Take advantage of leading speed and HP reliability to help maximize uptime and increase profitability. Experience it for yourself. See a demo and get a BBQ utensil gift set*. *Terms and conditions apply. Learn more right now at HP.com.
Read on...


Low Cost Heat Transfer Material for Shirts, Team Sports and More. Cut with you vinyl cutter!
Click above for these and other featured products from JSI Sign Systems
Read on...



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Sign Industry News

Sign Marketplace Press Releases
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INDUSTRY ALERT- EPA Reconsiders On-premise Rulemaking
By International Sign Association

Find the latest legislative moves that effect our industry.
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