Philie Group Blog

Be present, be engaged, be the best!
By Mike Philie

This blog originally published in Printing Impressions


Here we are at the midpoint of the year. You may be well into executing the key initiatives of your strategic plan, or you may be dusting off your secondary plan, also known as “plan B.” You’ve achieved some initial wins and many of your longer term objectives are still on track. Either way, it’s a good time to look at the scoreboard and see how you’ve done.


The halftime report

Without periodic reviews, the current month rolls into next and the first thing you know, the year is over. Worse, this pattern continues into subsequent years and you’ve burned through a few years without having an introspective look at what you’re doing, how you’re doing and maybe most important, why are you doing what you’re doing. Think about this – if you have 15 years of experience, was it one-year repeated 15 times, or was it 15 years of cumulative experience. There’s a big difference between the two.


What have you learned?

This is also a good opportunity to take a check at what you’ve learned this year. What have you done to get better at what you do. Are you fully engaged and present when meeting with people or working on projects or is it easy to get complacent, zone out and simply go through the motions? If this is the case, now may be the time to course-correct.


Learn so you can teach it

You may want to try learning something so that you can teach it. This can be something technical, a selling skill or perhaps the details of a new piece of equipment. Knowing that you’ll have to teach it to someone will force you to keep better notes and be better prepared for the questions that you might anticipate. These thoughts will help lead you to being the best at what you do. Good luck and have fun.


Mike Philie can help validate what’s working and what may need to change in your business. Changing the trajectory of a business is difficult to do while simultaneously operating the core competencies. Mike provides strategy and insight to owners and CEOs in the Graphic Communications Industry by providing direct and realistic assessments, not being afraid to voice the unpopular opinion and helping leaders navigate change through a common sense and practical approach. Learn more at, LinkedIn or email at


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