A friend recently shared a work related incident I suspect many of us could sympathize with. Employees were sharing images of work they’d completed for customers on their personal social media accounts. They were proud of the work and wanted the world to see. Unfortunately, one of the customers never gave permission and didn’t want the images shared on social media. Although … (read more)
While conducting employment interviews, a candidate will occasionally disclose they’re considering a job position as only a “stepping stone.” For example, I interviewed a designer who said they wanted to join our design team for the experience to use toward working at an advertising firm. This person had a plan and was creating their own path, but they may … (read more)
Strictly speaking, it’s not a particularly efficient use of your time to tell people that they are doing a great job. Efficiency is a measure of how much work you put in versus how much you get out. Talking to your colleagues and giving them an attaboy provides no immediate efficiency gains. In fact, it may seem like it … (read more)
Last Friday, TKO Graphix handed out TKO Marketing Solutions promotional lunch pails, full of goodies, to 158 employees. The lunch boxes included snacks, water, and… gift cards. A $25 Target card and a $25 Speedway gas card were part of the package. It was great fun watching surprised employees open their gifts. When I asked team members what they would … (read more)
I’ve heard those words for years, but never really understood them until I found myself outside looking in. My title at TKO Graphix is “Director of Communications” – we’re still figuring out what that means; however, along with communication responsibilities, including blogs, video, and social media, I also wear other hats, like many in small to mid-sized businesses. I’m privileged … (read more)
An often overlooked topic in the graphics business is contracts. Not all long-term (3–5 years) graphics contracts are bad; in some cases, they can be an important document, but any business entering a graphics contract should take caution and research the terms before signing. Although long-term contracts are not the SOP (standard operating procedure) for TKO Graphix, we have used … (read more)
After recently beginning my position as a graphic designer in the TKO Graphix marketing department, I came to realize the genuine welcome I received was like none I’d experienced before. With previous positions, my first days of employment were filled with anxiety and feeling overwhelmed, but the positive approach used by my new employer made me realize the way a … (read more)
Are you in a leadership position? Do you “lead” leaders? If so, you should know what leadership qualities are important to you. People are often placed in leadership roles with little support. This is a formula for failure.
What Makes a Good Leader?
There seems to be some confusion between leadership and management. I could be trite and … (read more)
Swearing at work has become a hot topic lately. After all, the power of words can be significant, but they’re just words, right? But what about the unintended consequences of accepting coarse language as a norm — both for the office, and our vocabulary entirely? Like racial epithets, it’s not really the words themselves that are the problem; it’s … (read more)