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On Which Graphic Communications Advisory Council….Are You Serving….?

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American Printer

on Thursday, Nov. 2, 2017

By Sid Chadwick, Chadwick Consulting, Inc.

“Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap, but by the seeds you plant.”…………………………….Robert Louis Stevenson

INTRODUCTION:

Serving on the ACCGC (Accrediting Council for Collegiate Graphic Communications) Board --- has “opened my eyes” --- to the generosity and impact that company owners can have --- on thousands of students….and faculty’s….professional…and family lives.

Those company owners, by their unselfish service, contributions of money, in-kind supplies and equipment, and thoughtful suggestions --- impact our industry --- to its farthest corners………….

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How Much Is Your Organization’s Structure….Costing You….And Your Future….OR…..”..We Don’t Know What We Don’t Know…”

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on Thursday, Oct. 26, 2017

By Sid Chadwick, Chadwick Consulting, Inc.

“There is nothing more difficult to take in hand, more perilous to conduct, or more uncertain in its success, that to take the lead in the introduction of a new order to things.”……………...Niccolo Machiavelli

INTRODUCTION:

Growth 1Too many organizations in our industry --- at this moment --- are straining to grow --- without proper support, and willingness to change how they are structured.

Strains, cracks….and breaks --- are showing-up --- at worst possible moments.

At a Wide-Format Peer Group Organizational Meeting, our Agenda guided us to discuss a series of generally common conditions --- that tend to be expensive --- in the short term, in the long term --- or both:

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Do You Acknowledge & Reward Leadership’s Contributions

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on Tuesday, Oct. 10, 2017

By Sid Chadwick, Chadwick Consulting, Inc.

“…A bad manager can take a good staff and destroy it, causing the best to flee…and the remainder to lose all motivation…”…………………Leah Dyck.

INTRODUCTION:

At a recent Pressroom Performance Improvement Workshop, there developed a bit of “tension in the room”…. as discussion was facilitated --- to… “keep coming back to a decision-point --- of potential importance.”

From that discussion, one key participant was later heard to remark:

     “….They kept talking about and acknowledging their poor performance condition(s)….(of their equipment)…..but no one…owned… their conditions….”

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You Have How Many Options --- with a….“One Week ROI”…Week ….After Week…. After Week…..?

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on Wednesday, October 4, 2017

By Sid Chadwick, Chadwick Consulting, Inc.

“…Get wisdom!  Get understanding! Do not forget or turn away….”…Proverbs 4:5

INTRODUCTION:

Several “to-the-point” uncomfortable questions……

  • Are your Pressroom’s waste levels at or near the best in our industry….or….do you prefer to not look at or engage those numbers……….?
  • Regardless of the equipment you have, are your Pressmen….comfortable….at their current performance levels…..?
  • Regardless of the equipment you have, is your Press equipment performing near the top of the manufacturer’s rated speeds……?
  • What are you measuring….and what performance numbers are you posting..?
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How Often Does Your Sr. Mgmt. Team – Review – Critical Performance Issues …?

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on Wednesday, September 27, 2017

By Sid Chadwick, Chadwick Consulting, Inc.

“I have been driven many times upon my knees by the overwhelming conviction that I had nowhere else to go…. My own wisdom and that of all about me seemed insufficient for that day.”……………………………..…..Abraham Lincoln

INTRODUCTION:

We tend to forget…. if we ever knew….that all the generals President Lincoln brought forward….to lead the Union Army …in the early years of the “War Between the States” --- were graduates of West Point --- until…. he uncovered Ulysses S. Grant.

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I Didn’t Know You…. Could… Do… That…….!

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on Wednesday, September 20, 2017

By Sid Chadwick, Chadwick Consulting, Inc.

“Follow effective action with… quiet reflection…. From quiet reflection will come even more effective action.”…………………..……Peter Drucker

INTRODUCTION:

We just delivered another client’s Customer Survey Analysis and Report.

However, this one was different --- from several perspectives:

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CROSSTRAIN - CROSSTRAIN - CROSSTRAIN

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on Wednesday, September 13, 2017

By Sid Chadwick, Chadwick Consulting, Inc.

“Commit yourself to a dream……Why?....Because you can always rest assured that you succeeded in life’s most important battle – you defeated the fear of trying…”…………………………….Robert H. Schuller

INTRODUCTION:

“Cross-train”…..”Cross-train”….”Cross-train”…..

Those words spontaneously rang-out from a highly respected V.P. of Manufacturing --- whose company in my observation --- is continuing to prepare for:

(a) Continued Acquisitions….

(b) Continued Organic Growth….. and

(c) ….an Outstanding Market Reputation for Reliability….Quality…. and……Financial Performance.

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Do You Have A Written Customer Target --- for Additional Business….As…. All Dollars Gained --- Are Not Equal

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American Printer

on Thursday, September 7, 2017

By Sid Chadwick, Chadwick Consulting, Inc.

“I never knew all those databases for prospecting were there…..waiting for me….all this time…..I never had a clue………!” Extra-Bright, Experienced Industry 
                                                                                                          Attendee, Research Skills Workshop

INTRODUCTION:

One of the thrills of a 3-Day Research Skills Workshop is watching attendees realize that their “world of Business Development Opportunities” --- is literally --- 100’s of times larger….than they ever imagined.

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We Don’t Know…What We Don’t Know…..

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on Thursday, August 31, 2017

By Sid Chadwick, Chadwick Consulting, Inc.

“There’s a publisher -- two blocks from our plant!”…….3-Day Research Skills

                                                                                              Workshop Attendee

INTRODUCTION:

Is there any suspicion that “Curriculum Content” --- in higher education – in general…and “Business Development Training” --- in particular --- is --- “out-of-date”…. lacking something --- very important……?

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How Do We Get Everyone…. On The Same Page….And Improving That Page…..?

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on Thursday, August 24, 2017

By Sid Chadwick, Chadwick Consulting, Inc.

“….these highly paid individuals themselves are leaders….. and ought to lead……”……Frustrated Company Owner

INTRODUCTION:

From a series of email exchanges, prompted from reading this column from American Printer every week, that frustrated owner appeared to feel “squeezed”….by what he perceived as, (a) highly paid employees, (b) cut-throat competitors’ prices, and (c) scarce, unpredictable profitability in his company.

I “felt his pain”…….However, I recognize the conditions, and I did offer a suggestion I believe is worth consideration.

I call it: “My Self-Funded Profit-Growth Program”. Its formula is based on a number of common conditions

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