Good Leaders: What spirit is growing in your company?

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The Goodness Committee at MPX organized a food drive as a way to engage customers and the community in doing good.

The Goodness Committee at MPX organized a food drive as a way to engage customers and the community in doing good.

The internet gave bloggers like me a ‘voice’ because it’s free to “publish” via WordPress. We no longer need to send something off to the printer. That’s good for humanity unless you own a printing company.

The digital revolution was the black plague for small printing companies where the traditional company newsletter was a staple of their trade. Over the past ten years, the printing industry has declined by more than 2% per year. In my own firm we seldom print a brochure and mail it – choosing internet delivery of email and video instead.

Without good leadership, independent printing companies are heading to the shredder. That’s why I’m pleased to introduce you to my friends Phil Kotula, Scott and Mike Duroche at MPX – a printing and marketing firm who is bucking the trend. They survived by consolidating three small print shops into one firm focused around a remarkable idea: Goodness grows. And goodness pays.

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The owners of MPX Scott and Mike Duroche (left and center) and Phil Kotula are growing the company by spreading goodness.

MPX leaders Scott and Mike Duroche (left and center) and Phil Kotula are growing the company by spreading goodness.

“We’re proud to be survivors,” shared Phil Kotula, the president of MPX. “Its hard enough merging three cultures and even tougher to do that in an industry that’s shrinking every year,” he added. During the consolidation, employees were challenged by the blinding speed of change and the dramatic drop in their workload. But they accepted wage freezes and layoffs because the intentions of the owners engendered good will.

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Working together to feed the homeless helped generate positive energy for growth at MPX.

Working together to feed the homeless helped generate positive energy for growth at MPX.

During the chaos, VP of Sales Scott Duroche was captivated by the idea that the whole firm could benefit by ‘radiating goodness.’ So he created a “Goodness Committee” as a catalyst to help the firm be more externally focused. “In the early days, employees were energized by plans to make sandwiches to help the homeless,” he shared. “That grew into a passion for serving in other ways, like organizing a food drive and asking our customers to participate. It feels good and it’s been good for our business!”

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Good Leadership Breakfast Series Tickets

MPX prints the tickets and marketing materials for the Good Leadership Breakfast.

Today the Goodness Committee is a centerpiece of the culture – that’s important because everyone is being challenged to embrace a new business strategy which includes digital marketing in the mix and more collaborative partnerships with clients. MPX has been the marketing and print partner of the Good Leadership Breakfast since 2011, and we’ve seen and felt how goodness grows!

Good leaders embrace goodness as a business strategy to keep employees focused on what’s most important during hard times. And they accelerate growth through generosity and positivity.

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8 Comments

  1. Jane Smethurst Showers Krueger on December 2, 2014 at 11:42 am

    Hi Paul, I have to tell you I loved the story you did on MPX, Mike DuRoche, his son Scott and the president, Phil Kotula. I worked under Mike’s superb talent as the Operations Manager of the Roto Division of American Packaging Corporation in Columbus, WI. I have been with the company for 37 years now and the BEST YEARS for me is when Mike was our LEADER!!! He always made me, personally, and all of us, feel like we were a very important part of the company. Even when mistakes were made, he never made us feel ashamed of the mistake, instead he would ask, ‘what did you learn from the mistake?’ I heard the words ‘thank you’ and ‘you do a great job’ every week!!! These words are nearly extinct from the vocabulary of our current management. I am so proud to say I worked for Mike. He is a wonderful example of how a company should be lead. I wish Mike, his management team and all of his employees much continued success. Those people are so very fortunate to have this man in their lives.



  2. Jane Smethurst Showers Krueger on December 2, 2014 at 11:42 am

    Hi Paul, I have to tell you I loved the story you did on MPX, Mike DuRoche, his son Scott and the president, Phil Kotula. I worked under Mike’s superb talent as the Operations Manager of the Roto Division of American Packaging Corporation in Columbus, WI. I have been with the company for 37 years now and the BEST YEARS for me is when Mike was our LEADER!!! He always made me, personally, and all of us, feel like we were a very important part of the company. Even when mistakes were made, he never made us feel ashamed of the mistake, instead he would ask, ‘what did you learn from the mistake?’ I heard the words ‘thank you’ and ‘you do a great job’ every week!!! These words are nearly extinct from the vocabulary of our current management. I am so proud to say I worked for Mike. He is a wonderful example of how a company should be lead. I wish Mike, his management team and all of his employees much continued success. Those people are so very fortunate to have this man in their lives.



  3. paul batz on December 2, 2014 at 1:23 pm

    Thank you for the note Jane – and Im certain Mike appreciates your words as well. Good Leaders are everywhere!



  4. paul batz on December 2, 2014 at 1:23 pm

    Thank you for the note Jane – and Im certain Mike appreciates your words as well. Good Leaders are everywhere!



  5. Mike on December 2, 2014 at 2:48 pm

    Oh my Jane, such wonderful words! Thank you, I’m blushing. You and everyone else at APC made it easy and fun. It was a great ride. I miss you all and have very fond memories of every minute. I hope you have a great Holiday Season. Lot’s of hugs for everyone in Columbus.

    Mike



  6. Mike on December 2, 2014 at 2:48 pm

    Oh my Jane, such wonderful words! Thank you, I’m blushing. You and everyone else at APC made it easy and fun. It was a great ride. I miss you all and have very fond memories of every minute. I hope you have a great Holiday Season. Lot’s of hugs for everyone in Columbus.

    Mike



  7. Jane Smethurst Showers Krueger on December 7, 2014 at 5:37 pm

    Well, Mike, I only told the truth. You were a great example of what wonderful leadership is. I hope this finds you, Deb and all of your family well and happy. Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas and a Blessed New Year. God’s love and blessings to all of you, Jane



  8. Jane Smethurst Showers Krueger on December 7, 2014 at 5:37 pm

    Well, Mike, I only told the truth. You were a great example of what wonderful leadership is. I hope this finds you, Deb and all of your family well and happy. Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas and a Blessed New Year. God’s love and blessings to all of you, Jane



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