4 Ways Leadership Involves Change

Posted by John Rutkiewicz - Guest Blogger on Jul 13, 2018

The distinction between management and leadership has been debated for decades. Great minds – such as Warren Bennis, Stephen Covey, Grace Hopper, and John Kotter – have argued that management and leadership are different. I've argued the difference, too.

  • Bennis: “Managers do things right, while leaders do the right things.”
  • Covey: “Leadership deals with direction. Management deals with speed.”
  • Hopper: “You manage things. You lead people.”
John Kotter of Harvard Business School put it this way:

Management is about coping with complexity. Leadership is about coping with change. -- J.Kotter, Harvard Business School

I like Kotter’s thinking. A defining distinction about leadership is its focus on change. After all, in the work-world, change is all around us.

As I’ve reflected on this idea over the years, I’ve come to realize the most effective leaders focus on creating change in four key ways.

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Anniversary Memory: Hard Hat History

Posted by E.V. Thompson on Jul 12, 2018

Your relationship with your hard hat should be a short one.

Throughout our 90th Anniversary year, we realize that the one thing that remains constant is change. From leadership and staff to our building and equipment, change requires us to be agile, innovative and sometimes simply compliant.That's especially true of the safety staple -- the hard hat.

Believe it or not, hard hats do expire. Just like any piece of equipment, safety equipment is consistently being upgraded as technology and materials get better. Located on the inside of your hard hat should be a manufacturer-stamped date which will be the date the hard hat was molded. Quick math tells you how long you should keep your trusty skull bucket.

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Anniversary Memory: Culture Creates a Milestone of Memories

Posted by K. Prelesnik on Jun 28, 2018

A lot has changed since June 2003. Looking around Lemberg’s office, you’d likely recognize some faces from that year – one of which is celebrating an anniversary this month.

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Anniversary Memory: A brand of a different color

Posted by E.V. Thompson on Jun 20, 2018

In 2013, Lemberg leadership took a hard look at the way the company was represented to the public and decided it needed a face lift. After all, Lemberg was growing. The company had acquired a few businesses and expanded services. The team embarked on a rebranding process that would take more than a year to complete.

Enter design and marketing firms, writers, and social gurus who advised on every aspect of the external representation of the company. In the end, Lemberg's branding/marketing committee changed not only the logo, but also the look of printed materials, website and even the way they "spoke" to the customers through these media. 

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"Birthday Week" -- A Leadership Lesson

Posted by John Rutkiewicz - Guest Blogger on Jun 14, 2018

It’s “Birthday Week” at our house. Birthday Week is an annual tradition that begins six days before my wife’s birthday, ending and culminating on the anniversary of her birth. It’s a tradition invented by her dad, my father-in-law.

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My experience in the ISA Elite Class

Posted by Zach Wenger on May 31, 2018

It’s difficult to put into words how great of an experience the ISA Elite program, and the ISA (International Sign Association) Sign Expo in general was because I don’t think there’s a word that would suffice. Boarding the plane in Milwaukee, I was a bit nervous because I had no idea what to expect. I had never been to an expo before, let alone part of an elite group. After meeting everyone and seeing the show floor, all of those nerves went away.

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Anniversary Memory: 2003 and 2018, the Common Thread of Hope

Posted by E.V. Thompson on May 17, 2018

In 2003, the country saw the developments and events that would define not only the year but the decade. We saw the development of the Department of Homeland Security and shared a collective exhale with the capture of Saddam Hussein. The completion of the Human Genome Project forever changed medicine and the implementation of the Do Not Call list gave us the sense that we still had a little control over our privacy. Closer to home, thousands of Harley motorcycle owners where rumbling into Milwaukee for the 100th anniversary of Harley-Davidson Motor Company. 

Though it might not have made national headlines, Lemberg celebrated an important milestone as well -- one that takes on new meaning this year as we celebrate once again. 

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Anniversary Memory: Lemberg by Design.

Posted by E.V. Thompson on May 10, 2018

William T. Lemberg must have known something about marketing and branding when he started his company. We found a few old business cards and thought it might be interesting to see how far Lemberg's brand has come! 

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Anniversary Memory: Thank You, from 1970

Posted by E.V. Thompson on May 3, 2018

At Lemberg, we pride ourselves on our ability to build relationships with our customers and community. This isn't something we created to appeal to our present-day potential customers. It's a thread that has been woven through time and that has touched every part of our business yesterday and today. 

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Better Leaders Reduce the High Cost of Turnover

Posted by John Rutkiewicz - Guest Blogger on Apr 20, 2018

You may have heard it before: People join companies, they leave leaders. Through decades of working with leaders at all levels in organizations around the county, we’ve found this claim to be true. Employees most often leave because of their immediate manager.

Research also supports this fact. Gallup has conducted more than 30 years of research into employee engagement and productivity. They have concluded that upwards of 70% of the reasons for voluntary turnover relate to elements that can be influenced by managers.

A survey conducted in the U.K. by Approved Index showed that 42% of employees admitted having left a job because of a bad boss. 

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