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Learning Should Be Messy

Learning should be messy. You should feel awkward. Like you don't know precisely if you are doing it right. That's where the discovery magic occurs, in the trying. You may not get it right the first time. But that's ok because you are…
Keeping Customers

Keeping Customers

Do you have a customer retention program? From the discussions I've had over the years with hundreds of decorated apparel shops, I can tell you that most "want to do" this, but never actually get around to it. If keeping customers happy…
1000 Miles An Hour With Your Hair On Fire

1,000 Miles Per Hour With Your Hair on Fire

I've often described being insanely busy as "1,000 miles per hour with your hair on fire." Can you relate? For many businesses, getting sales flowing again after the pandemic was an obsession. In many shops today, tidal waves of orders are…
Avalanche of Accountability

Avalanche of Accountability

How is the accountability level in your shop? You know, the daily level of "Get 'Er Done"! I'm not singling out production either. They often get the short end of the stick when other departments upstream don't hit all of their goals like…
Attack Problems Not People - Marshall Atkinson

Attack Problems, Not People

So you were walking the shop floor the other day and you noticed one of your workers, Fred, aimlessly wandering around. It looked weird. At night, you lie awake in your bed worrying about how you are going to get all of the orders completed…
Accountability Is Binary - Marshall Atkinson

Accountability is Binary

Ready to nerd out? How about this phrase, "Accountability is Binary"? I was speaking with a coaching client a few weeks ago about a few employee challenges they were facing. During the conversation, our dialog path focused on the fact that…