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5 Examples of Creative Business Cards

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Simply put, it’s important to have business cards. Despite the fact that we’re living in a digital age where people are now connecting with each other on social networks like LinkedIn, business cards definitely still matter. Having business cards handy is just one great habit of many that highly successful business leaders have, and if you don’t have them already, then you’re missing out on big opportunities to not only market your business but also promote yourself.

There are so many different types of unique and creative business cards out there. It’s important to stand out from the competition, and you can do that by developing a design that is different and engaging and is something that recipients of your business card will truly remember. Not only does having a really creative design make you stand out, but it promotes you and your business in a way that shows your creativity, that you think outside of the box, and that you have a true knack for what it is you’re representing.

Creative design and a little imagination is sometimes all it takes. With that said, here are some types of creative business cards to help inspire a new card for you.

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How Whiteboards Help Caregivers Improve Patient Communication

 

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Improving Patient-Staff Communication

A key benefit of the use of whiteboards within medical facilities is improving communication between the medical care team, the patient, and concerned family members.  In fact, communication errors contribute to 65% of all reported sentinel events within medical facilities. Dry-erase whiteboards in patients’ rooms serve as a field-proven mean of communication easily accessed by both staff and family members. Important information concerning treatment schedules, daily goals, allergies, contact information, medication times, discharge information and care team members can be easily recorded and changed on a whiteboard.  When the patient or family members have access to a whiteboard, communication is improved because a question is less likely to be overlooked or forgotten if a staff member is not immediately available to provide an answer.  The infographic and links provided below show the important role whiteboards have on not only improving communication but overall patient/staff satisfaction and Press Ganey scores.

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Safety Signs & Whiteboards — An Essential Tool in the Workplace

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Safety is one of the highest priorities for manufacturers. An excellent safety record keeps costs and production disruptions low, helps prevent issues with OSHA and keeps employee morale high, but the most important reason to stay focused on safety is because it protects the company’s most important resource – its people.

Safety doesn’t just happen – it requires diligence and effort to ensure that safety stays top of mind despite the drive to deliver products quickly and cost effectively. One of the easiest ways to ensure that safety remains a high priority is to measure safety and to post safety records prominently where everyone can see them. Magnetic Whiteboards are a superb tool to address this need because of their flexibility and proven ability to boost safety awareness and improve the overall safety culture within an organization. Here are a few ways to use magnetic whiteboards to measure and improve safety records.

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Habits of Highly Successful Business Leaders

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Every single day that you head into work, you should always strive to be the very best that you can possibly be. Personally, I may not always have the greatest day (I’m sure we can all relate), but I always put my all into it, which is one lesson that my parents instilled in me from a young age. They taught me to always try my hardest and to give my absolute best effort. Since I was younger, it’s always been one of my stronger traits.

If you look at some of the greatest leaders out there in our history, there’s a reason why most of them reached the heights that they did and stood out from the rest of the pack. I’ve seen my fair share of strong, successful business leaders in my career and others that haven’t really lived up to their true potential. To be one of the best out there, there are multiple habits that one must adopt, and I want to share some of them with you here.

Here are a few habits of highly successful business leaders that you should consider incorporating into your daily routine.

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Using Whiteboards for Quality Improvement

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We all make mistakes but what distinguishes industry leaders is their ability to identify root causes and make changes so that costly mistakes such as time and material waste don’t happen again.

Lean tools for quality improvement

If you work in a “Lean Manufacturing” environment you’re familiar with tools like “5S”, “Root Cause Analysis”, fish-bone diagrams, and the “5 Whys”. They’re all powerful tools for managing the workplace, helping you stay organized and preventing problems recurring. What we find a lot of companies struggle with though, is using them effectively.

The key is getting everyone involved. Sometimes we see an engineer or manager sitting alone at a desk trying to solve a quality problem, and that doesn’t work. Usually it takes multiple points of view, preferably from people who are intimately acquainted with the processes or systems.  Several managers and lean experts have stated that the biggest issue in quality control is simply a lack of communication.

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What Gets Measured Gets Done — Productivity Tracking in the Workplace

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Accountability through transparency.

It takes a great team to make a business tick to its maximum potential – and if one particular wing of the company isn’t performing up to par, it’s the entire company that will suffer, which will absolutely be reflected in the bottom line.

In a manufacturing environment, you’re being relied on to produce products quickly without sacrificing quality. After all, when it comes to product development, time to market is crucial these days and the manufacturing step of the development cycle is the final, yet arguably the most important, part of promptly getting the product out the door and to the end user.

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Not Just For The Office – The Benefits of a Whiteboard at Home

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We have gone into great detail on here in the past about the many benefits there are to having whiteboards around the office. With all types of whiteboards, there are plenty of positive effects that they can have on your working environment. However, whiteboards aren’t just useful for the office: They’re also great to have inside the home. Personally, my family and I have benefited from having whiteboards in our home in more ways than one.

For our family, staying organized and keeping everything in order is of the utmost importance. Trust me, if you’re more organized, life is much more enjoyable. With that said, here are some ways that you can benefit from having whiteboards around your home.

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Benefits of Kanban Card Board Systems In the Workplace

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Just in Time (JIT), Continuous Improvement (CI) and Six Sigma are all systems that improve manufacturing quality and cut inventory costs. While there are loads of computer systems that are compatible with how these systems work, for inventory control, many companies prefer much simpler, manual whiteboard and card holder systems known as a Kanban system. Even large plants that could implement complicated electronic systems are opting to implement simpler Kanban Card Board Systems because they are easier to setup and use.

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Whiteboards in the Workplace: Lean Manufacturing

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Whiteboards in the Workplace: Lean Manufacturing

Lean manufacturing has helped companies make major strides in productivity and efficiency by eliminating non-value added steps and streamlining business and production processes. Removing wasted time and effort in your operations can improve profits considerably.

Moving the heart of your decision making from the office to factory floor can reap several rewards. Sharing information with employees involved with day to day operations empowers them to make a difference.

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How To Finance Your Start-Up Business

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On our blog, we’ve taken a look at many different aspects of business, including business meetings, business planning, and much more. There’s a lot that goes into any business, but one type of business that has been taking more shape over the past several years is start-up businesses, which are becoming much more relevant in the digital age that we’re living in today. However, with most start-up businesses, there’s typically one glaring problem.

How do you finance it? It’s a start-up.

There’s no need to worry because there are plenty of ways to finance your start-up business, and I’m here to share a few of them with you. It might be tough, as there are an estimated 27.5 million small businesses in the United States alone, but it can be done.

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