"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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Anniversary Memory: Blame It On the Snakes

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

Our last post highlighted an invoice for $21.63 for the installation of "temporary wiring as per fire damage." The invoice came to us with an article that references the fire and the suspected arsonist.

We present exhibit A.

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Anniversary Memory: 1950 Service Invoice

Posted by E.V. Thompson on Apr 6, 2018

When you save a receipt or invoice, we'll bet that you aren't expecting to find it 68 years later. Imagine our surprise when an invoice from 1950 showed up tucked among some old business cards, images, and news articles.

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Anniversary Memory: U.S. Postage 3 Cents

Posted by E.V. Thompson on Mar 28, 2018

In 1950, the United States was different. Harry Truman was president. Cyrano de Bergerac was playing in theaters, Bing Crosby was crooning on the radio, Groucho Marx was host of "You Bet Your LIfe," and Jack Benny, Frank Sinatra and George Burns were entertaining America with their television talk shows. But there was something else happening quietly in Milwaukee...

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First Light On Some Favorite New Concepts In Lighting

Posted by Evan Hunt - Guest Blogger on Mar 21, 2018

The advancement of lighting technologies over the last few years can be compared to the internet craze that swept the country in the 1990's. It's all happening with incredible speed and breadth. 

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