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Are You Your Own Worst Enemy?

Have you ever been on the verge of giving up? Have you ever hit a wall, looked in the mirror and thought, “I just can’t do this”? Have you ever experienced the pain of self-doubt, of believing with every fiber of your being that you simply don’t have what it takes to succeed?

It is a dark place to be. There is no doubt about that. And it’s in these moments where we can be our own worst enemy—where we can lose the will to keep going. And that would be a big mistake.

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People of Ptex: Elke Taussig

For this edition of People of Ptex, I sat down with branding and marketing maven Elke Taussig, also known around the office as The Brand Whisperer. Elke is one of the longest time members of the Ptex Group family—she’s been around since the early days, when Ptex was still Printex, and has seen the organization grow into what it’s become today. A deep thinker and creative wordsmith, Elke knows how to get to the essential core of, well, pretty much anything. In this interview, Elke and I discuss the meaning of branding, what she loves most about her job at Ptex, and what it’s like to be a religious Jewish woman in the business world.

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The Art of Saying No

A friend of mine, the owner of a small business, recently told me that an opportunity came his way that he was very excited about. The only problem? He had a feeling that the potential client thought that his company was larger than it actually was. Should he accept the offer anyway? Should he explain that he’s actually a small company, and possibly risk them backing out?

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Procrastination: You’re Doing it Wrong.

I have a question for you. Be sure to answer honestly.

Do you ever struggle with procrastination?

If you answered yes, then welcome to the club. And if you answered no, then, well, you may want to double check that you’re human. Because the truth is, we’re all guilty of it. We all don’t get the things done that we want to get done as quickly as we want to get them done.

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How the 80/20 Rule Will Change Your Business

Have you ever met someone who always seems busy—but if you asked what they’ve accomplished in the last day, or the last week, they couldn’t give you a straight answer?

Maybe, if you’re being totally honest, this happens to you, too?

Let’s face it. Being truly productive in today’s business world is more difficult than ever. Yes, technology has made us much more efficient in many ways, but it also comes with great challenges: The constant bombardment of dings and notifications and emails and phone calls and texts can throw even the most type-A, goal-oriented businessperson out of focus.

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People of Ptex: Barry Lichtenstadter

World, meet Barry.

Barry is one of those people that you rarely catch without a smile on his face. Though fairly new to the Ptex team’s printing division, you’d hardly know it. His humble, easy-going personality makes him liked by everyone, and you can always count on him for some deep and oh-so-true insights into how people’s minds work and what makes them tick. For this edition of “People of Ptex,” I sat down with Barry for fascinating discussion about the intersection of psychology and sales, the art of listening, and his passion for mentoring youth in his community.

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What I Learned from the Story of the Fish

A little girl was watching her mother prepare a fish for dinner. Her mother cut the head and tail off the fish and then placed it into a baking pan.

The little girl asked her mother why she cut the head and tail off the fish.

Her mother thought for a while and then said, “I’ve always done it that way. That’s how grandma always did it.”

Not satisfied with the answer, the little girl went to visit her grandma to find out why she cut the head and tail off the fish before baking it. Grandma thought for a while and replied, “I don’t know. My mother always did it that way.”

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The People of Ptex: Mattie Holzberg

Creative queen, avid book-lover, and self-proclaimed tree-climber, Mattie is one of our star in-house copywriters. She’s known for her keen talent for writing words that sell and en point brand voices for clients with that just-perfect human touch. While she has a chameleon-like ability to write for all sorts of mediums, Mattie has a “thing” for websites and a contagious fascination with UX.

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The People of Ptex: Moshe Indig

Meet Moshe.

Around the office, Moshe is known as a fearless creative and a man who puts his heart into his work. With a brilliant eye, golden hands, and his little black sketchbook never too far from reach, Moshe has this rare knack for knowing how to simultaneous inhabit the divergent worlds of art and strategy. And it shows.

Lucky for me, I had the chance to sit down with Moshe for an interview in the Brain Room.

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How Important Is My Workplace Culture?

Would you hire an employee who has skills you desperately need but doesn’t fit into your company’s culture?

I posted this question a few days ago to on Linkedin, and received several insightful answers. There was a general consensus that hiring an employee who fits your company’s culture is extremely important—perhaps even more than their skill.

But let’s back up a second. What exactly do I mean by culture?

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