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Reverse Mentoring

Adopt the Concept of "Reverse Mentoring"

Mentoring. You've heard of that right?  That's when an experienced old pro guides someone through to a faster solution, or quicker way to understand something. I have my mentors and I'll bet you do as well.  I've even mentored a bunch…
Inaction

Inaction: Complications of Newton's Third Law

Newton's Third Law states: "For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction." You may have learned that in high school science class. In the decorated apparel industry, we have our own physics law too. Have you heard or seen this? "For…
Pulling the Trigger on Termination

Pulling the Trigger on Termination

Over the last month or so, I've been on a few phone calls with shop owners that have been struggling with the idea on when to pull the trigger on termination for an employee. They know they need to do it, but the fear of the unknown governs…
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…
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…