Featured Friday: The St. Patrick’s Day Edition

First of all,  Happy St. Patrick’s Day to everyone.   Are you all wearing your green and planning pub crawls later in the day?  Second,  it’s been a while since I’ve done a Featured Friday post,  so I thought I’d go over what Featured Friday is for those who may be new to the concept.   On Featured Friday,  I curate a list of blog posts or other items that I think will be helpful to people in the industries that EnMart serves.   It’s really just a list of stuff I think those who read this blog will find interesting and/or helpful.   Simple as that.

First up,  from Eileen’s Machine Embroidery Blog,  we have instructions on correcting a monogram mistake.  If you embroidered “SLT” and it’s really supposed to be “SLP” – this is a post you need to read.   Eileen leads you step by step through the correction process.  Even if you use a different software than she does,  the tips should still be helpful.

Second on the list is an examination of what Stahls’ calls 12 hot trends for 2017.  While it appears these trends are primarily dealing with vinyl,  most of what they talk about could be translated to other decoration mediums.  Mixing fonts,  adding shine with metallics and putting logos in non-standard placements are all trends that can be created using almost any decoration technique.  Definitely a lot to think about in this post.

Third at bat is an interesting post from Retail Minded about how to handle political divisions in the workplace.  The last election was contentious and people on both sides have strong views.   This post covers how to deal with people expressing those views in their day to day work lives.   It’s a very relevant post right now,  and the tips it gives can help keep your shop stress fee,  at least when it comes to political topics.

Fourth on the docket,  for the quilters among us,  a story of trying something new,  designers who say “draw your own” and buying fabric that you don’t remember buying.  I love the description of having the memory of buying one fabric and being shocked when the other fabric is received.   I think that’s a common thing for a lot of quilters,  along with fixating on finding just the right fabric to create what you want to create.   I’m sure many quilters will find what this post describes familiar.

Finally,  from Seth Godin,  we have a post about building your organization from both the top and the bottom.  I love this post because of what it says about leadership and about how much attitude matters when building a team or a workforce.   There are also some great tips for how to lead and how to create an organization that treats the people on the lowest rungs of the company as the foundation,  not disposable.   This is definitely worth a read.



Featured Friday 1/22/16

iStock_000012611933MediumI’d like to make these posts more of a regular thing but,  when I think about it, I realize that having them appear once in a while is more effective.   If I wait and save up all the good stuff I’ve seen and read,  the posts have more force when I finally make them live.   See,  there is a method to my madness.  (Insert evil laugh here).

First up this week is a great post from All Things Embroidery about sticking to the rules you’ve made for your business.  Chances are that those rules were made for a reason and most likely are in place to help you avoid stress and extra work.   It’s tempting to bend or break the rules,  especially when a customer is pressing you to do so,  but the rules are there for a reason.  This year,  resolve to remember that,  and keep to the rules you have in place.

Second on the list is a great post from Eileen’s Machine Embroidery Blog about getting your embroidery space organized.   I’m sure this is something that is on everyone’s list,  but it’s often tough to know where to start.   This post gives some good ideas for where to start organizing,  and how to go about it.

Third on the docket,  caps can be a profit center for many businesses,  but embroidering them isn’t always easy.   Joyce Jagger offers 9 rules for easy cap embroidery which will help make embroidering hats a simpler task.  All the tips are good,  but I think the one I like best is the one about always using cap backing when embroidering a hat. I’ve seen hat embroidery turn out poorly because the stabilizer wasn’t heavy enough for the job.  If you’re working with hats,  this post is definitely worth a read.

Fourth at bat is a terrific post from Retail Minded that asks “What is Your Company’s Customer Service Persona“? The post outlines five customer service approaches and details the strengths and weaknesses of each.  If you see yourself or your company in one of these personas,  it might be a good idea to take a minute and see if the analysis of strengths and weaknesses match up to your experiences.

Fifth in the rotation is a post from John Michael Morgan spotlighting 10 books every leader needs to read.  I’ve heard of most of these books,  but haven’t read them myself,  so I guess my reading list has just gained a few more entries.   If any of you have read any of the books on the list,  comment and let us know whether or not they were helpful.