Leadership is simple but not easy

Posted by John Rutkiewicz - Guest Blogger on Dec 19, 2017

In my last post, I shared a simple analogy that equates leadership to rowing a row boat. The two oars of a row boat represent the two fundamental dynamics at play in leadership. These two dynamics are people and results.

The idea is simply this: As leaders, we need to be focused on the needs of the people we lead and on the organization’s need for results – at the same time. To lead effectively, we must operate these two elements simultaneously and with equal force, just like oars of a row boat. Otherwise, we go in circles.

While this idea of leadership as a balancing act between people and results sounds simple, let me be clear: Simple is not the same as easy.

There are three reasons this idea can be challenging to put into practice.

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Demolishing silos and building teams: 5 activities for a more cohesive culture

Posted by E.V. Thompson on Nov 28, 2017

Cohesive teams are engaged and work together, diverging and converging over problems that mean a lot to your business. It’s important to have team members who have a great rapport; who not only trust one another enough to diverge and challenge the status quo but who can also come together over an idea -- regardless of whose idea it was. You need team members who are secure enough in the group to take risks and let one another shine.

Leaders who are looking to balance their results-based style with some people-based energy can start by allowing time for team-building. This can be as simple as morning chats with fresh coffee, a few minutes of padding for casual conversation during work meetings or casual Friday shared lunches.

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The Two Oars of Leadership

Posted by John Rutkiewicz - Guest Blogger on Nov 17, 2017

Imagine yourself sitting in a row boat. In each hand, you have an oar that’s anchored to either side of the boat. You pull on the two oars – simultaneously and with equal force – to navigate the water. That’s how you move the boat to your destination.

The same is true when you’re a leader. This analogy of two oars in a row boat is a simple yet accurate metaphor that reflects the two basic dynamics at play whenever you lead. To lead effectively, you must operate these two elements simultaneously and with equal force. Otherwise, you go in circles.

So, what are these two oars of leadership? 

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Fire Prevention Week: 5 Causes and Ways to Prevent Electrical Fires

Posted by K. Prelesnik on Oct 12, 2017

Every day proves the opportunity to prevent an electrical fire. According to the the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), U.S. Fire Departments responded to approximately 45,210 home structure fires between 2010 – 2014. About 57% of these fires were caused by electrical distribution, lighting and power transfer failure.


Prevention of these types of fires begins with awareness.

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What is it like to be on a Swing Stage?

Posted by E.V. Thompson on Oct 6, 2017

On the job with our sign installers

Most of the time you don't see them. You see their machines, their partners, their barricades, but you don't often see THEM. They are the ones harnessed high above the ground, to buckets and ropes and platforms.

They are the high rise sign installers

Like their counterparts who keep windows sparkling and who construct tall buildings, the high rise installers are a special breed of skill, talent and guts.

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Are you a leader like Mark? Four practices for good leadership.

Posted by John Rutkiewicz - Guest Blogger on Sep 29, 2017

Three decades ago – as a first-time manager at the age of 23 – I had a boss named Mark.

Mark was a good guy to work for and a great model for me in my early days as a leader. Mark held high standards for our operations team. He believed firmly in the importance of clear process and procedure. He believed in solid training to quickly get new folks on board and to help us all continuously improve.

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Is LED lighting right for you?

Posted by Tim Hagen on Sep 18, 2017

Oftentimes, our service department is asked about replacing standard incandescent or fluorescent lighting with newer LED technology in homes and offices. There are a few things to consider before you make the plunge, but they might not be what you think.

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Investing in Growth

Posted by S.Sanger on Aug 17, 2017

 We appreciate being recognized by our employees for our training efforts. Recently, an article was posted in the “Contract Questions” Bulletin, a union trade publication, regarding training that Lemberg offers. In the article, it was mentioned that our sign division requires eight hours of training per year and if not completed, disciplinary actions may occur.

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"Box of life" thinking challenges us to step outside the box.

Posted by S.Sanger on Aug 8, 2017

It’s a guarantee. On a daily basis, you are going to experience an array of different personalities. Sometimes those personalities -- and the actions that go with them -- aren't going to jive with yours.

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Positivity of Engagement

Posted by S.Sanger on Jul 13, 2017

Some have the mindset of coming to work because they have to in order to survive. That doesn’t seem very appealing!

How can we change that mindset? Engagement!

You have the opportunity to increase positivity in your work life and your co-worker’s work life as well! Are you drawing a blank as to how to contribute to being engaged and spreading the positivity throughout your team? Here are some pointers to think about on a daily basis…

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