The Iron Grip Fallacy

The Iron Grip Fallacy

This article is about two things: management and leadership. Regardless of the number of people working in your shop, there is one truism you need to keep in the back of your mind, and that is that your company doesn't work without the staff…
Your Best Employee Probably Won't Be A Good Manager

Your Best Employee Probably Won't Be A Good Manager

One benefit that comes from speaking with decorated apparel industry business owners on a constant basis is that you get to hear their challenges. They are all looking for a solution to their problems, and a good number of them shoot these…
The Way We've Always Done It

The Way We've Always Done It

Do you feel that your shop sometimes is trapped in a rut? Sure, you have years of cranking out orders, but somehow things just aren't the way they should be? It's a nagging feeling really, and you can't quite put your finger on it. Take…
Leadership Clarity

Leadership Clarity

I want you to stop and consider your level of "Leadership Clarity" in your shop. What exactly do I mean by this? Let's review these points and discuss: Leading by ExampleInspiring a Shared VisionImproving ProcessesEnabling PeopleElevating…
Get Off Your Butt To Finish The Year Strong

Get Off Your Butt To Finish The Year Strong

Guess what? 2019 is more than half over! How are you doing with the goals that you set back at the end of 2018? Crushing it? Almost there? Never got started? Regardless of your results, these next six months can have a tremendous impact…
Hiring New Employees for Your Shop

Hiring New Employees For Your Shop

A shop owner sent me an email earlier this week and wanted some guidance on hiring new employees for the shop. I counsel shop owners constantly on this in coaching sessions but haven't really dug into it with an article yet. So, bingo...here…