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Seven Ways to Fix Your Biggest Management Mistake

Carrie Kuehn - Monday, October 10, 2016

While surfing the net today, I came across an interesting article by Maureen Mackey from the Fiscal Times website about fixing some of our biggest management mistakes. 
I think a lot of this could be used by many of us.

The open-plan workspace may be the biggest boon to productivity in decades because it fosters collaboration, innovation and creativity among employees. But plenty of bosses stumble and even fall when it comes to managing effectively in today’s team-centered set-up. 

Many leaders want to excel at collaboration, but instead are stuck in the behavioral patterns that worked well for them in the hierarchical and authoritative org structures where they first cut their executive teeth.

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Carol Kinsey Goman, a management coach and career adviser, says that when these leaders “move to today’s collaborative environment, leadership – instead of being about power, status, authority, competence – becomes more about engaging other people, about getting workers to contribute and talk to one another, about building bonds and relationships for success.” High-status cues can now be the enemy.

The transition hasn’t been easy for many – and workers everywhere know it.
Goman recalls how one executive royally messed up at a weekend retreat for his team. “People were dressed in their khakis, their jeans, all the other informal clothing that are typical at retreats,” says Goman, who was sitting in the background.

Then in strode the exec – dressed as if he were about to attend a boardroom meeting in 20 minutes.
“He had the power tie, the briefcase, the Rolex watch, the Gucci – the whole bit. I saw what happened the minute he entered the room,” says Goman. “He was late, first of all – so, non-verbally, he was signaling that the meeting wasn’t really that important to him. Second, he came in dressed like he was in charge, which is fine if that’s the message he wanted to send.

“But he started out by saying, ‘I’m so glad to be here. We need all of your contributions, all of your collaborative work in order for us to hit our goals.’ The problem was,” adds Goman, “his words were derailed by the way he looked. And then, third, he stood at the head of the table, which again signaled that he was absolutely in charge.”

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The workplace as a central location for collaboration and productivity isn’t going away any time soon. In fact, studies such as The Smart Workplace in 2030, by global manufacturer Johnson Controls, show that flexible workplaces will continue to respond “to a complex and competitive world [that is] focused on collaboration, innovation and creativity.”

While circumstances will vary, here are seven smart tips for managers (and the rank-and-file, for that matter) to succeed in today’s open-plan environment:
  • If you want other people to speak up, listen closely and use eye contact when they’re talking. “Face them – with your shoulders, your feet, knees, hips,” says Goman. “When you start to turn parts of your body away, even your feet, well, it looks like your feet want to leave the room, which is usually the case. Instead, align your body toward people.”

  • Remove barriers between yourself and others. That means laptops, briefcases, papers, books, purses – and smartphones. 

  • Expand your presence, rather than compress yourself. “Women in particular tend to hold their arms tightly to their bodies.” Instead, take your place at the table, as it were. Demonstrate your involvement to those around you.

  • Dress as a member of the team, which you can do effectively no matter what your role.

  • Try sitting in the middle of the table, rather than instinctively grabbing the lead spot.

  • Know how you come across to others – and adjust that if necessary. Allow yourself to be videotaped and examine the results, Goman advises. “I’ve had executives tell me afterward, ‘Hell, I wouldn’t hire me,’” she says. A third party such as a career coach or valued colleague can share advice and insight. 

  • Show empathy toward others. Younger employees in particular, says Goman, who are so adept at technology, may not always have the body language skills that can help them succeed in a collaborative environment..
This article was originally published on The Fiscal Times. By MAUREEN MACKEY, The Fiscal Times • June 6, 2013.
Gold and Platinum MarCom Creative Awards

Gold and Platinum MarCom Creative Awards

Carrie Kuehn - Monday, October 10, 2016
For over a decade Carrie Kuehn of Ck2design has had the honor of received numerous back-to-back Gold and Platinum MarCom Creative Awards for her creative design work.

MarCom Awards is administered and judged by the Association of Marketing and Communication Professionals (AMCP). The international organization consists of several thousand marketing, communication, advertising, public relations, media production and free-lance professionals. AMCP administers recognition programs, provides judges, and rewards outstanding achievement and service to the profession.

AMCP was founded in 1995 by a group of creative professionals involved in competitions for several of the national and international trade organizations. The goal of the group was to provide an inexpensive, independent competition on an international level that would be fair, respected and open to everyone.
Best Businesses of Fullerton Announcements - 2nd Year

Best Businesses of Fullerton Announcements - 2nd Year

Carrie Kuehn - Thursday, September 01, 2016

Ck2design Receives 2016 Best Businesses of Fullerton Award
Fullerton Award Program Honors the Achievement

Fullerton, July 2016 — Ck2design has been selected for the 2016 Best Businesses of Fullerton Award in the Web Design category by the Best Businesses of Fullerton Award Program. Congratulations on winning this award 2 years in a row!

Each year, the Best Businesses of Fullerton Award Program identifies companies that we believe have achieved exceptional marketing success in their local community and business category. These are local companies that enhance the positive image of small business through service to their customers and our community. These exceptional companies help make the Fullerton area a great place to live, work and play.

Various sources of information were gathered and analyzed to choose the winners in each category. The 2015 Best Businesses of Fullerton Award Program focuses on quality, not quantity. Winners are determined based on the information gathered both internally by the Best Businesses of Fullerton Award Program and data provided by third parties.

About the Best Businesses of Fullerton Award Program
The Best Businesses of Fullerton Award Program is an annual awards program honoring the achievements and accomplishments of local businesses throughout the Fullerton area. Recognition is given to those companies that have shown the ability to use their best practices and implemented programs to generate competitive advantages and long-term value.

The Best Businesses of Fullerton Award Program was established to recognize the best of local businesses in our community. Our organization works exclusively with local business owners, trade groups, professional associations and other business advertising and marketing groups. Our mission is to recognize the small business community’s contributions to the U.S. economy.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - Ck2design Receives 2016 Best Businesses of Fullerton Award
CONTACT: Best Businesses of Fullerton Award Program
Email: PublicRelations@BestBusinesses.biz  BestBusinesses.biz

2015 Best Website Design Business of Fullerton

2015 Best Website Design Business of Fullerton

Carrie Kuehn - Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Best Businesses of Fullerton Announcements announced that Ck2design (Carrie Kuehn) was awarded Best Website Design Business of Fullerton 2015

Fullerton Award Program Honors the Achievement, January 19, 2016 — Ck2design has been selected for the 2015 Best Businesses of Fullerton Award in the Web Design category by the Best Businesses of Fullerton Award Program.

Each year, the Best Businesses of Fullerton Award Program identifies companies that we believe have achieved exceptional marketing success in their local community and business category. These are local companies that enhance the positive image of small business through service to their customers and our community. These exceptional companies help make the Fullerton area a great place to live, work and play.

Various sources of information were gathered and analyzed to choose the winners in each category. The 2015 Best Businesses of Fullerton Award Program focuses on quality, not quantity. Winners are determined based on the information gathered both internally by the Best Businesses of Fullerton Award Program and data provided by third parties.

About the Best Businesses of Fullerton Award Program
The Best Businesses of Fullerton Award Program is an annual awards program honoring the achievements and accomplishments of local businesses throughout the Fullerton area. Recognition is given to those companies that have shown the ability to use their best practices and implemented programs to generate competitive advantages and long-term value.

The Best Businesses of Fullerton Award Program was established to recognize the best of local businesses in our community. Our organization works exclusively with local business owners, trade groups, professional associations and other business advertising and marketing groups. Our mission is to recognize the small business community’s contributions to the U.S. economy.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - Ck2design Receives 2015 Best Businesses of Fullerton Award CONTACT: Best Businesses of Fullerton Award Program. Email: PublicRelations@BestBusinesses.biz • BestBusinesses.biz

Gold MarCom Award Winner

Gold MarCom Award Winner

Carrie Kuehn - Tuesday, November 17, 2015

It’s an honor to receive this year's 2015 Gold MarCom Award & Honorable Mention for the graphic design of our business branding booklet written and created by Carrie Kuehn. The booklet was created for business owners in need of a better understanding of the branding process and how they can apply it to their own dental lab or medical marijuana dispensary business. Branding is a huge topic and this booklet help to break things down.

MarCom Awards is a creative competition for creative professionals involved in the concept, writing and design of print, visual, audio and web materials and programs.

The mission of the MarCom Awards is to honor excellence and recognize the creativity, hard work and generosity of marketing and communication professionals. MarCom winners receive well-deserved recognition and third-party validation from a long- established industry organization that has earned a reputation for fairness, consistency and timeliness.

MarCom Awards is administered and judged by the Association of Marketing and Communication Professionals (AMCP). The international organization consists of several thousand marketing, communication, advertising, public relations, media production and freelance professionals. AMCP administers recognition programs, provides judges, and rewards outstanding achievement and service to the profession.

Be sure to visit other Ck2design sites at:
Ck2design-DentalLabs.com : Dental Industry and Dental Labs
MaryJanezBrand.com : Cannabis Industry
WeedSiteBrand.com : Cannabis Industry
RealBikerChicks.net : Women Motorcyclist Website

New online design portfolio is complete

New online design portfolio is complete

Carrie Kuehn - Monday, June 15, 2015

I finally was able to find the time to create a brand new portfolio website for myself, carriekuehn.com. For years I have gone without having a dedicated online portfolio that showed samples of my graphic design, logo design, branding, video productions, websites and more.

While there are a lot of samples on the site, you would be amazed on how many samples of work one collects over 27 years. Of course I can really only show the most recent which is of course mainly dental industry specific.

Now I can direct those requesting to see more of my work to CarrieKuehn.com.

Since that is done I am now off to redesign the Ck2design-DentalLab.com website to host more information, samples and create a responsive design site to accommodate the various digital devices being used to surf the internet.

If your website is not mobile ready, I suggest you do something about that sooner rather then later. Check out Google for more information on why it's important for your dental lab or practice to be mobile-ready.

Who Doesn't Judge a Book By It's Cover?

Who Doesn't Judge a Book By It's Cover?

Carrie Kuehn - Sunday, June 02, 2013

Back in the day before digital devices, the old saying was, "You shouldn't judge a book by it's cover" or "It's whats on the inside that counts". That might have worked back in the days before digital marketing but it sure doesn't applied to products, services or individual professionals, any more.

Who Doesn't Judge a Book By It's Cover? Each and everyone of use judges companies, products and service provider on the way they appear online and offline. 


If a company has either a unappealing website or only listing on some random business directory, or worse yet -no website at all. You can beat they are loosing many more possible customers then just myself. After all, if a company thinks it's not worth investing into their website and marketing materials, then why on earth would anyone else think it's worth doing business with them?

Since most of use are internet savvy customers with instant access to research for any product, business and service provider. If we don't like something, get bad service or have any other reason for being a unhappy customer, we all have the internet for placing reviews, comments or complaint and spread the word via social media around the world. So why on earth won't a business take the time to create a user friendly, professional website that offers customers the information they want or access to online help. Ck2design online business websites make it so easy for companies to interact and work with customers, keeping everyone happy.

Seems like common sense to have a professional presence both online and traditional marketing materials. Yet, there are still many companies out there that hang on to the thought that they are better then their competitors. And that they have always done things this way and don't need to change in order to keep up with the times.

FOR THOSE BUSINESS OWNERS WHO STILL FEEL THEY DON'T NEED TO KEEP WITH WITH OUR CHANGING TIMES, GOOD LUCK!

There is no limit to what Ck2design can create

Carrie Kuehn - Saturday, January 19, 2013
Ck2design is constantly learning the newest trends and opportunities to make our clients look their very best in every type of media. See for yourself by contacting us for your next project.

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What is Videography?

Carrie Kuehn - Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Videography refers to the process of capturing moving images on electronic media (e.g., videotape, direct to disk recording, or solid state storage like a tapeless camcorder) even streaming media. The term includes methods of video production and post-production. It is the equivalent of cinematography, but with images recorded on electronic media instead of film stock.

The word combines “video” from Latin, meaning “I see” or “I apprehend”, with the Greek terminal ending “graphy”, meaning “to write”. Its contemporary sense is rooted in an article titled “Videography” What Does It All Mean? (American Cinematographer, October 1972).[1]

The advent of digital imaging in the late 20th century began to blur the distinction between videography and cinematography. The arrival of computers and the Internet created a global environment where videography covered many more fields than just shooting video with a camera, including digital animation (such as Flash), gaming, web streaming, video blogging, still slideshows, remote sensing, spatial imaging, medical imaging, security camera imaging, and in general the production of most bitmap- and vector-based assets. 

As the field progresses videographers may produce their assets entirely on a computer without ever involving an imaging device, using software-driven solutions. Moreover, the very concept of sociability and privacy are being reformed by the proliferation of cell-phone and surveillance video cameras, which are spreading at an exceptional rate globally.

A videographer may be the actual camera operator or they may be the person in charge of the visual design of a production (the latter being the equivalent of a cinematographer).

Information From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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