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SMART GOAL SETTING
With the New Year approaching, most of us start thinking about setting goals. While I won’t disagree that setting goals are important, it is more important that you set goals that achievable and that won’t be lost in the first few months of the year. That is what happens to most goals, as they slip […]

SWOT ANALYSIS
Business managers are responsible for setting a company’s mission and goals and creating a strategic plan to guide the company to achieve its goals. Managers use a variety of tools and methods to inform decisions during the planning process including SWOT analysis and TOWS analysis, which is closely related brainstorming exercises. What is a SWOT […]

REDUCING PAPERWORK HEADACHES
Payroll and project time-keeping paperwork is arguably the least favorite task for most owners and managers. Yet, if you don’t keep up with it daily, the paperwork simply piles up and becomes an even bigger chore. The reality, however, is employees sometimes forget to clock in or out of a job or for the day. […]

ATTAINING THE RIGHT KNOWLEDGE
The gears of industry and indeed those of the screenprinting industry turn as we solve the problems of our clients. Yes, as screenprinters, we are in the problem-solving business. But, many are not very good at solving their own problems of how to gain the necessary knowledge to become better screenprinters. […]

COATING THICKNESS TEST FOR PROPER EXPOSURE
How many times have you had to make two or more strokes to achieve opacity? How many times have you exposed a stencil only to realize that the squeegee side was slimy and had that sinking feeling that the screen was underexposed and would probably not make it through the run without breaking down? Are […]

INCREASING RESOLUTION FROM 72-dpi TO 300-dpi
In this simple tutorial you will learn how to increase the resolution of a 72-dpi gif that is only 2.75-inches to a clean illustration that is 300-dpi and 8-inches. Watch this video! […]

AUTOMATIC VERSUS MANUAL PRESS
A few years ago, a screenprinter in the textile segment of the screenprinting technologies asked me if he could achieve automatic press quality on a manual press. This is my answer to him… The simple answer is no, due to the human factor when printing on a manual. Technically speaking, you can replicate the single […]

SURVIVING THE FIRST YEAR IN BUSINESS AND BEYOND
Boldly facing each day with a passion-packed purpose is the shield that stands between you and the negative chants “it can’t be done,” or “what makes you think you can start your own business.” It’s your weapon against the daily grind. A clearly defined purpose is your roadmap of the road less traveled that keeps […]

CONTROLLING GOOGLE
It should come as no surprise that your online business existence is being controlled to a huge extent by others; the myriad review services, your clients with their ability to post poor reviews, the search engines, your internet hosting service, and now the U.S.A. government. It sometimes seems that they are all working in unison […]

PREVENTING INK TRANSFER THROUGH ABSORBENT MATERIALS
It is quite common for an ink to penetrate absorbent substrates leading to a waste of ink and time needed to clean the ink from the platen or press bed. The cost of excessive ink transferred through the absorbent material can effectively double (or more) the cost of ink. Even in a small […]

WHAT IS AN ENTREPRENEUR?
What is an Entrepreneur? It is different things to different people. The Entrepreneur’s Journey was a collaborative film project produced by BIZNIK. The project began on May 6, 2009, when 12 video crews and over 400 entrepreneurs gathered in Seattle’s largest film production studio to share why they work long hours, for low pay, facing […]

8 STEPS TO RESOLVING REGISTRATION PROBLEMS
Registration can be one of the most nerve wreaking tasks in the screenprinting technologies for anyone who has to print multiple colors or produce a print that must register on the substrate perfectly with each print. You may be surprised that the downtime you experience trying to line up that job that did not want […]

INCREASING SALES WITH THE FIVE WHYS
The gears turn and indeed those of the screenprinting technologies turn as we solve the problems of our clients. Yes, as screenprinters, we are in the problem-solving business. And, just like the gears on a fine Patek Philippe watch must turn exquisitely, so must the gears of your problem-solving. You must be in constant movement […]

9 WAYS TO RECLAIM CONTROL OVER YOUR TIME
Surveys confirm what our guts already know: We are enduring a “time famine”unknown to previous generations. Faced with urgent work, urgent errands, urgent texts, urgent emails, and a slew of other supposedly urgent tasks, we’re increasingly squandering our finite lives on the urgent at the expense of the important. It’s making us miserable. “People are […]

SETTING ACHIEVABLE GOALS
Management By Objectives (MBO), also known as Management By Results (MBR), is a performance management approach in which a balance is sought between the objectives of employees and the objectives of an organization. The essence of Peter Drucker ’s basic principle: Management By Objectives is to determine joint objectives and to provide feedback on the […]

SNIPPITS…

These are short articles for those who want their knowledge in bite-size.

WHAT DID YOU DO WITH YOUR TIME TODAY?
We are each given approximately 168 hours in a week, 24 hours a day for 6 days. Most people find themselves thinking about work, even when they are at home or out to dinner. Some even have dreams about their work. And, we each have problems at work, such as a screen that was improperly […]

DO YOU DO SAMPLERS?
Every once in a while, I see something that is a great idea that I want to share with others. This is one of those moments. […]

WHAT’S ON MY BOOKSHELF…

Recommendations of books that I found useful for those in the screenprinting technologies.

THE ONE THING
The One Thing: Surprisingly Simple Truth Behind Extraordinary Results What’s The ONE Thing you can do such that by doing it everything else will be easier or unnecessary? In the number one Wall Street Journal bestseller, Gary Keller has identified that behind every successful person is their ONE Thing. No matter how success is measured […]

THE DEMING MANAGEMENT METHOD
Although I had been in business 25 years when this book was first published, I certainly did not have all the answers. This book provided many of the answers that I needed. And, it has continued to be my go to read when I lose my way, as it is just as relevant today as […]

MAKE YOUR BED
A #1 New York Times Best Seller. What can you learn from a Four-Star Admiral that served thirty-seven years as a Navy Seal and became the Commander in Chief of the U.S. Special Operations Forces? As it turns out a lot. Admiral William H. McRaven (U.S. Navy Retired) served with great distinction in the Navy. […]

THE GOLDEN IMAGE RATIO OF IMAGE SIZE TO SCREEN SIZE
Winner of the prestigious 2016 Swormstedt Award and 2016 Best of Class Award for excellence in technical writing presented by the Academy of Screen and Digital Printing Technologies (ASDPT) of the Specialty Graphic Imaging Association (SGIA). A good portion of the problems of those long and tedious registration times, where you settle for something less than […]

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