Monday, October 22, 2007

PSG Novelties on PMThink.com

We are very excited to report that Jerry Manas has written a blog article about PSG Novelties. Jerry is President and founder of The Marengo Group, LLC, a Philadelphia-based project management consulting firm, and co-founder of PMThink! Project Management Thought Leadership, where topics such as portfolio management, project management, and governance are researched. To check out the blog click here .

New Designs!

We are happy to unveil four new text designs. Here are brief descriptions and images of each design. Click on the link under each image to see the full product catalog.


This design is perfect for the Project Manager that thrives on the challenge of picking up the reigns of a stalled project and leading the team to success.




If you are a Project Manager that specializes in communicating the vision and rallying your project teams to consistently deliver projects, this is the design for you.



Managing a project without a project manager is like trying to fly a plane without a pilot. This design offers a friendly reminder to those decision makers in your organization that are often tempted to cut corners while attempting to do more with less.





This is a fun design for any project management enthusiast.

Monday, October 15, 2007

Featured Design for October 2007

Just in time for Halloween, our featured design for the month of October is I See Deadlines! This design illustrates the stark reality that most project managers face on a day-to-day basis. Late nights at the office studying project schedules as deadlines loom on the horizon.





Most Popular Designs

PSG Novelties has only been officially open for business for a few months now, but believe it or not there are already a handful of designs that have risen to the top as our most popular sellers.





There’s never enough time to do it right the first time, but always enough to go back and do it again.


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We will continue to keep you informed on our most popular designs each month in the monthly newsletter.

Friday, October 12, 2007

The New Website is Live

I am very excited to share that we officially launched the new website today! In a previous post I spoke about surrounding myself with people a lot smarter than me. Well, this was no exception. I called on a great friend (Gavin Taylor) to help me take a bunch of ideas I had jotted down on a scratch sheet of paper and turn it into an amazing website.

Even better, he developed the site in such a way that a layman like myself could easily manage and maintain it. Gavin would be the first to say the site is a work in progress, but I think it's great! Technically, this version of the website (http://www.psgnovelties.com/) is only phase 1 of the website strategy.

I really wanted a website that was functional, easy to navigate, and had an overall "clean" look and feel.

I would really appreciate your comments and/or suggestions for improvement!

Doing More with Less

Shortly after founding PSG Novelties, it became clear that I needed to surround myself with people that were a lot smarter than me. I had a lot of great design ideas (ok, I am biased), but I was what is commonly referred to as "artistically challenged." I could draw stick figures with the best of them, but beyond that I needed help.

My epiphany came while reading a great book by Timothy Ferriss called 'The 4-Hour Workweek." He spoke about automating and outsourcing your life. The particular reference that caught my eye was Elance.com. I went to the site and found a wealth of freelance companies and contractors that were more than qualified to satisfy any skill set deficiencies I had.

Instead of hiring a graphic artist or illustrator, I could bid out my projects on Elance, browse portfolios, profiles and feedback ratings, and select a company to complete my project at a reasonable price.

I mentioned "The 4-Hour Workweek" by Timothy Ferriss. Here are some other great books that I would recommend for small business owners.

'The E-Myth Revisited: Why Most Small Businesses Don't Work and What to Do About It' by Michael E. Gerber
'Duct Tape Marketing' by John Jantsch
'Good to Great' by Jim Collins
'The Success Principles' by Jack Canfield
‘Eat That Frog!’ by Brian Tracy

When One Door Closes...

We've all heard the saying, "when a door closes in your life another opens", or, "every ending is a new beginning." Well, that's exactly how PSG Novelties came to be. I had carried around the idea of creating novelty products for people in and around the project management profession for some time, but it took an abrupt ending to breathe life into that idea.

I co-founded a project management consulting firm with two great colleagues and friends in 2006. We didn't know it at the time, but running a business with three equal equity partners is a recipe for disaster no matter who you are. Needless to say, we came to an impasse on how to strategically move the company forward and we decided it would be best for everyone in the long run to restructure the company. I sold my ownership interests in the company to start my own project management consulting firm and we all went our own ways by way of an amicable separation.

It ended up taking me three months to find an attractive consulting contract. That time off was truly a blessing in disguise for me. It was during those three months that PSG Novelties was born.

I founded PSG Novelties on July 2, 2007 with the desire to create fun and creative high quality products for project management professionals and enthusiasts. Soon thereafter, we partnered with Caf├ępress to produce and distribute our products to a world-wide customer base.

PSG Novelties definitely energizes me. It is also a great change of pace from the project management consulting world.

Welcome to the PSG Novelties Blog!

Greetings,

Welcome to the PSG Novelties Blog!

PSG Novelties is a small company located in Brownsburg, Indiana. The company was originally conceived from a desire to create novelty products for project management professionals and enthusiasts. We are currently in the process of building upon this foundation and have new and exciting product categories in the works that will be released in the near future.

Our passion is creating fun and creative high quality products that make people smile. If you like what you have seen thus far, sign-up for our free newsletter to receive company announcements, new design and product notifications and exclusive special offers.