Awards & Engraving

August '18

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68 • A&E AUGUST 2018 I t's easy for a business owner to simply view the word "teamwork" as a cliché or catchphrase to inspire his or her employees, but the understanding and proper implementation of a team is what separates successful businesses from those that flounder. Unless a company is a one-man shop, it is only as good as the members of its team of employees. The more harmonious this team becomes, the better the company functions. A disjointed team leads to dysfunction and can irreparably harm the company over the long term. The Importance of Teamwork THE WORLD MARKETPLACE OF TROPHIES & AWARDS By Eric Priceman Eric Priceman is President of Victory, division of Planter Inc. in Chicago, Illinois. In his over three decades in the awards and engraving industry, he has traveled extensively, both domestically and internationally, visiting customers and suppliers. He is happy to share his unique perspectives of the industry, both past and present. Please feel free to contact Eric by email at or by phone at 773-637-7777 ext. 228. AN EXAMPLE OF TEAMWORK At Victory, we have managers' meetings every Tuesday morning for about an hour. I stress the importance of being consistent with these meetings and unless I am out of town, we never miss them. All of our department heads are included, and we work with them to stress positive leader- ship from a team perspective, pointing out that they are the leaders of our company and the most important team members. By having these meetings consistently, the managers buy in to our seriousness. We find that they enjoy this time and we have improved overall communication within our company exponentially. We also see a major positive shift in overall company culture and attitudes. We believe in vertical and horizontal leadership. This means that the managers learn how to guide the team members who work for them (vertical), and at the same time function as a part of a team that includes every other department in the company (horizontal). We also stress stan- dardized principles of quality, efficiency, safety, and expeditiousness, and work with the managers to teach everyone the impor- tance of these principles. We believe that once we have a buy-in from all of our employees, we will have a strong team. We stress that a department is only as strong as the weakest member of its team, and a company is only as strong as its weakest department. Additionally, we make sure that the success of our company hinges upon everyone doing their work

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