About Randy Clark

Randy Clark is the Director of Communications at TKO Graphix, where he blogs for TKO Graphix Brandwire. Randy is passionate about social media, leadership development, and flower gardening. He’s a beer geek and on weekends he can be found fronting the Rock & Roll band Under the Radar. He’s the proud father of two educators; he has four amazing grandchildren, and a wife who dedicates her time to helping others. Randy is the author of How to stay Ahead of Your Business Blog Forever and The New Manager's Workbook a crash course in effective management, and The Manager's Guide to Becoming a Leader He can be found on Twitter @RandyLyleClark, Facebook Randy Lyle Clark, and LinkedIn Randy Clark.

How Do You Choose the Best Management Candidate?

When identifying a management candidate, do you use tenure, skill, character, relationship to the owner (so…she’s your brother’s daughter?), or all of the above? Where should you begin?First, identify team members who truly want the job, not, “I’ll try to do it” or, “if you want me to,” candidates, but someone who has expressed interest [...]

By |2020-01-20T14:57:02+00:00January 20th, 2020|Leadership|Comments Off on How Do You Choose the Best Management Candidate?

Why Use Checklists?

At my last full-time position several departments, in a production area, shared restrooms. However, there wasn't a cleaning schedule, and the cleaning was often inconsistent and incomplete. The answer? A checklist. So, in a leadership development session, the production department team leaders outlined a bathroom cleaning checklist. It now hangs on a clipboard in the [...]

By |2020-01-16T15:50:44+00:00January 16th, 2020|Leadership|Comments Off on Why Use Checklists?

How to Actively Listen in a Loud World

I sometimes wonder if our loud and fast paced, multi-channel, social media-filled world isn't creating ADHD in all of us. How often do you give only part of your attention to a conversation? When others share their thoughts, are you multi-tasking on your smartphone and checking the score on the big screen while looking at [...]

By |2020-01-13T15:15:24+00:00January 13th, 2020|Leadership|Comments Off on How to Actively Listen in a Loud World

13 Steps to Building a Great Team

Building a great team is a process.  Great teams seldom are built overnight, and are often built through trial and error. So… how is a great team built? It begins with the interview process by hiring people of character who fit the culture, and who fill a role on the team. Hiring for knowledge or [...]

By |2020-01-06T15:21:09+00:00January 6th, 2020|Leadership|Comments Off on 13 Steps to Building a Great Team

7 Common Mistakes New Hires Make and How to Avoid them

If you’re in a management role, you’ve experienced common mistakes new hires make. Many new hires make some of the same or similar mistakes. Maybe you’ve been wise enough to share these common pitfalls during new hire orientation. I wasn’t. And when I introduce the common mistakes checklist to leadership training classes, most people have [...]

By |2020-01-02T16:36:50+00:00January 2nd, 2020|Leadership|Comments Off on 7 Common Mistakes New Hires Make and How to Avoid them

Holiday Wishes X

My first Holiday Wishes post was published in 2010, Your Ultimate Holiday Wish. I continued with Holiday Wishes 2011, Holiday Wishes 2012, Holiday Wishes IV, Holiday Wishes V, Holiday Wishes VI, Holiday Wishes VII, Holiday Wishes VIII,  Holiday Wishes IX. I  hope you enjoy Holiday Wishes X. Today, I publish the tenth edition of holiday wishes. Over the years, I’ve collected and posted [...]

By |2019-12-23T15:58:17+00:00December 23rd, 2019|Just for Fun|2 Comments

Who Have You Helped Today?

So, who have you helped today? I'm not talking about paying for the Starbucks of the person behind you in the drive through. It’s not about volunteering at a food bank or donating to the Salvation Army. And although these efforts are thoughtful and commendable this post is about business networking. Wait-what? What the heck [...]

By |2019-12-19T15:14:11+00:00December 19th, 2019|Networking|Comments Off on Who Have You Helped Today?

What Makes A Leader Attractive?

Projects and paperwork are managed, but people are led. If we lead well — people will follow. A title does not make a leader. A leader is someone others want to follow. So, what makes a leader attractive? What Makes a Leader Attractive?  Someone who has both the employees’ and the company’s best interests at [...]

By |2019-12-16T14:45:10+00:00December 16th, 2019|Leadership|Comments Off on What Makes A Leader Attractive?

The Year I Knew Santa Wasn’t Coming

The year was 1961. I was ten years old, and I knew Santa wasn't coming. It was a Saturday in mid-December, and I was working with my dad at the Lark Foods convenient store he managed. I made 25 cents an hour, taking out trash, sweeping floors, and stocking shelves. The store was unusual in [...]

By |2019-12-12T15:19:55+00:00December 12th, 2019|Just for Fun|Comments Off on The Year I Knew Santa Wasn’t Coming