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Newsletter for November 6th, 2015

TPS in Newton

Rick Lindemann is the second generation owner of TPS (Total Printing Systems) in Newton, IL. The business was started by Rick’s father in 1973 printing business cards and letterhead, which Rick jokingly followed with the fact that no one uses anymore. Really, that is the jist of this visit: evolving your business with the changing of the times to stay alive and prosper. That is exactly what we learned through example of on Tuesday as he explained the evolution of TPS from letterhead to government contracts for forms to saddle stitching, then perfect binding, then bookbinding and all of a sudden the family realized they were a book printer. Isn’t that so cool today to stand and look back at the progression!?! The tour is always a highlight of this trip to really get to see how a book is made from an author's creative piece of work and a large company’s printing equipment with huge rolls of paper to a beautifully bound book. This facility prints approximately 25,000 books a day! This visit was another perfect example of all the quality products made right here in Jasper County!


Brainstorming and Leadership with Dave Blecha

Brainstorming and Leadership. Two necessary components when working in any group situation. Both are an artform. Anyone can brainstorm and anyone can lead, but can they do it effectively? Jasper CEO brought in Dave Blecha to discuss more specifically the components of effective brainstorming and leadership on Wednesday. After laying the ground rules of brainstorming we went to work on one of our class business components using more effective brainstorming. Intertwined throughout the morning as it progressed we also found ways to talk about being an effective leader incorporating the paramount idea that ATTITUDE is EVERYTHING!!! Dave left us with many great morsels of info such as the PDAA approach (Plan, Do, Act, Adjust).


Mentor Matching

Today was a very exciting day for Jasper CEO. One of the great benchmarks of the year and a cornerstone of our CEO program is the mentoring component. In a “speed dating” approach students and community business mentors were acquainted this morning in an attempt to get to know each other better. Students prepared in advance questions and characteristics they would be looking for in their mentor. By student request, the day began with potential mentors taking a quick personality profile as students felt it important to understand how alike or dissimilar they were in personality styles. From there, students and mentors visit with everyone in an attempt to determine who they would spend the next seven months with in a professional mentoring relationship. It was a great day for all involved!


From the Jasper CEO Marketing Committee:

Our CEO Class has decided to honor Newton’s local “celebrities” by putting on a “Small Town Spotlight Performance”. Our entertainment will consist of Taylor Schmidt, Kyle Scanlan, and Crazy Horse. It will be on the evening of January 30th, 2016 in the Newton Community High School gymnasium. Keep looking here and around the community for more information!


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