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Take the 50 Point Self Assessment

50 Point Self-Assessment

Someone asked me the other day, "Marshall, how do I know if I'm a good candidate for coaching?" That's a great question. One thing is for certain, and that's every shop in the decorated apparel industry is different. Different customers,…
Garlic for the Energy Vampire

Garlic for the Energy Vampire

For a lot of us in the decorated apparel industry, there is an overwhelming avalanche of work to do every day. You complete one task, and in a matter of mere minutes, four or five more are added to the pile. You know what I'm talking about. It…
Processes Transcend Goals

Processes Transcend Goals

In any business, there are plenty of reasons why setting goals is a good thing. For one, it gives us a brass ring to reach. In fact, I've written many articles that are either about setting SMART goals, or used the concept of SMART goals…
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…
Top 5 Reasons Why Shops Fail - Marshall Atkinson

Top 5 Reasons Why Shops Fail

Why do shops fail? Many, just like yours always seem to go out of business. But I'm not saying there is anything wrong with your shop. Nope. I just want to point out that in every shop that fails, they thought they would make it. That…
Teach the Elephant in the Room to Dance

Teach the Elephant in the Room to Dance

Do you see that? Standing right next to you is an elephant in the room. You know it's there. It smells like something familiar. Occasionally you get a glimpse of it out of the corner of your eye and that reminds you that you need to do something…