Anniversary Memory: 'Lectric Living at Lemberg

Posted by K. Prelesnik on Oct 9, 2018

The word attractive, in relation to spatial design and appeal, took on a whole new meaning in 1972. Lemberg’s increased operations that year drove the expansion from the first floor to the second and third.

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Anniversary Memory: Some things are fine just the way they are

Posted by E.V. Thompson on Sep 21, 2018

Our second floor office space was completed earlier this spring and several departments have since settled in, including data communications, estimating and marketing. The process of acclimating to new neighbors is also complete. Business is back to normal in the bright and cheerful space. Except, there IS one small issue.

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5 Rules for Being a Person Others Want to Follow

Posted by John Rutkiewicz - Guest Blogger on Sep 10, 2018

In his book, The Art of Possibility, renowned orchestral conductor Benjamin Zander shares a simple idea he calls “Leading from Any Chair.” He writes:

“A leader does not need a podium; she can be sitting quietly on the edge of any chair, listening passionately and with commitment, fully prepared to take up the baton.”

I believe the same is true for all of us who work in organizations. Anyone in the house can lead. We don’t need special authority or a title. We don’t need a certain technical expertise. Heck, we don’t even need permission. We merely need the desire to engage others in moving the ball.

The real leadership question is: Will other people WANT to follow you?

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Anniversary Memory: Communication Tool Evolution

Posted by K. Prelesnik on Aug 21, 2018

Think about the last time you picked up the newspaper, a brochure or even a magazine.

Now think about the last time you grabbed your phone or laptop and searched for information in your web browser. Chances are, you reached for the digital option.

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Anniversary Memory: Retiree remembers creating an iconic photo

Posted by E.V. Thompson on Aug 9, 2018

Lemberg held our 90/25 Anniversary Picnic in July. We invited our current employees and our retirees and their families to join in the fun. There was food, face painting, friends, a raffle and a lot of animals. The weather was gorgeous -- perfect for a summer picnic. But there was someone there who made our day just that much more special. 

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Enhance Your Customer Experience with Security

Posted by Michael Zuidema - Guest Blogger on Aug 3, 2018

While locations around the world continue to invest in emergency communication solutions like blue light emergency towers and hands-free speakerphones to provide additional safety measures intended to bolster security, they also are discovering that the versatility of these devices provide an added bonus: improved customer experience.

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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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