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Fear is the Wrong Motivator

Fear is The Wrong Motivator

Let's talk about Fear, with a capital "F". It's a big topic, so I have to ask: Are your employees afraid of you? I know some of you will state, "Well they should be. I'm the boss!" I get it. You may even enjoy throwing your weight around.…
Shop Improvement Series: Speed - Pedal to the Metal

Shop Improvement Series: Speed - Pedal to the Metal

Maverick from the movie Top Gun famously said, "I feel the need for speed." Now more than ever, this is exactly what your shop needs. Speed. Speed is a competitive advantage. We live in a fast-food lane, Amazon ships and it arrives the…
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…
Stop Using Band-Aids To Cover Up Problems

Stop Using Band-Aids to Cover Up Problems

Band-Aid Definition: an adhesive bandage with a gauze pad in the center used to cover minor wounds. a makeshift or temporary solution. Noun: band-aid; plural noun: band-aids "a band-aid solution to a much deeper problem" We're obviously…
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…
How Do You Solve A Problem for Maria - Marshall Atkinson

How Do You Solve A Problem for Maria?

Maria has a problem.  She's been employed in your shop for about eight months now.  Maria really loves her job, and working in the decorated apparel industry suits her. She's smart.  Good with her hands.  A quick learner.  Creative. That's…