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5 Things Managers Should Never Say Aloud
September 26, 2014

In a perfect world, supervisors would be cool under pressure and the perfect source of inspiration—and always say the right thing at exactly the right time.

But if you're in that type of role, you know that in reality, that usually doesn't happen. Management is chaotic. People—employees, managers, customers, and everyone in between—are unpredictable, situations escalate, and in the heat of the moment, it's easy to let something not so appropriate slip out, without even realizing it.

As a supervisor myself, I had plenty of those moments. 

Customers are Better Strategists Than Managers
September 26, 2014

I was once appointed CEO of a company in need of a turnaround. We made trusses and frames for houses, and one morning, after I’d been on the job about three months, I found myself staring out my window, watching the trucks and forklifts below. I thought: What am I doing here? Can I, on the fingers of one hand, list the ingredients of success in this industry?

CPSC Approves Ban of High-powered Magnet Sets
September 25, 2014

The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) voted 4-0 yesterday to ban high-powered magnet sets, like Buckyballs, which went out of business in 2012. One commissioner was not present for the vote.

Label Traxx Hires Two New Employees for Overseas Customer Base
September 25, 2014

Label Traxx, Milwaukee, Wis., has appointed two employees to meet needs of its growing customer bases in Latin America and Europe. Debbie Marx will work out of the company's headquarters to meet sales and service capabilities in Latin America.

Penn Emblem Expands Creative Team
September 25, 2014

Philadelphia-based Penn Emblem Co. hired Eric Garced as a new graphic designer. Garced began as an intern and Penn Emblem hired him upon his completion of his bachelor's degree in fine arts and design at West Chester University. Garced also is a freelance tattoo artist, which brings a new perspective to the team.

10 Ways Entrepreneurs Think Differently
September 25, 2014

Entrepreneurs are a unique breed of people. While some people sit and fantasize about the glamor of being their own boss and creating their own business, those in the thick of business ownership understand that even considering all its rewards, entrepreneurship is a difficult and complicated path.

The world's most successful entrepreneurs aren’t the ones who impulsively quit their jobs to chase a get-rich-quick idea. They are the ones with an entrepreneurial mindset—a set of perspectives and values that allow them to achieve greatness.

The Memphis Grizzlies to Give Away Zach Randolph 'Z-bow-ties' to Fans This Season
September 25, 2014

Professional sports teams often give away promotional items to get fans in the door. While a schedule can be useful and a bobblehead can be pretty neat, a team-branded fedora should really only be used as a gag re-gift or emergency cereal bowl. Essentially, these questionable giveaways prove that franchises realize they owe their fans something in addition to their often overpriced game admission. The item is a token of thanks rather than a valuable commodity.

3-D Printing Expands to Nearly 100 UPS Stores Across the U.S.
September 25, 2014

The UPS Store isn't just for package pick-ups and copying documents—it does 3-D print jobs too. And pretty soon more people across the U.S. will be able to make their trinket designs a reality: UPS recently announced a big expansion to its 3-D printing services.

Soon, nearly 100 more UPS Store locations nationwide will be equipped with a Stratasys uPrint SE Plus 3-D printer. You can find a complete list of 3-D print-enabled UPS Stores on the company's site. UPS did not provide a timeline for when the 3-D printing expansion would be complete.