PARAMUS, N.J., JULY 26, 2004 – Corporate evaluation forms are now available from the National Association for Printing Leadership (NAPL) for its Management Plus program. The prestigious program is now in its 25th year of helping graphic communications companies of all sizes assess their organizations to gain insights into how their companies are performing and develop roadmaps for improvement—efforts more critical than ever in view of the considerable challenges faced by today’s printing and graphic arts companies.
Sponsored by American Printer magazine, Compass Capital Partners, Ltd., and MAN Roland, the program consists of two major elements:
• A self-audit in which companies can examine nine critical areas of their operation to gain a comprehensive view of their organizational effectiveness. Unlike other graphic arts competitions in which printed pieces are evaluated, Management Plus enables participants to judge their management performance against accepted industry standards in the areas of internal control systems, financial performance, marketing/sales plan, business planning, human resources, environmental/safety concerns, quality control, community/industry affairs, and vendor relations.
• A Management Plus Awards Competition. Once companies have completed the self-audit, they may enter an awards competition in which an NAPL Judging Committee will evaluate entrants in one of six categories: five based on size and one for in-plant printers.
The awards are presented at a special banquet during NAPL’s Top Management Conference. Winners of the current competition will be honored on February 17, 2005, at the JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort & Spa, Phoenix, Ariz.
Management Plus honors include: Gold Awards, which recognize companies that have scored at least 90% in the self-audit; Silver Awards, for organizations scoring at least 80%; Merit Awards, presented to companies achieving a minimum 70% score, and the annual William K. Marrinan Management Plus Hall of Fame Award, presented to a company that has won at least five Management Plus awards (including one in the current year and a minimum of three Gold Awards).
A Management Plus evaluation form and awards application can be downloaded from NAPL’s website, www.napl.org (click on the link under the Management Plus logo), or obtained from Robin Schabacker, program coordinator, (800) 642-6275, ext. 1307. Entries for the current Management Plus competition must be postmarked by Nov. 5, 2004.
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