Are You Communicating the Same Old Message?
Here we are at the start of 2020 — Happy New Year! As we begin the year, we’ll likely have times when we look at the past and then look forward, as we plan our strategy and set the tone for our teams and work with our colleagues.
But… there are others who will trod out the...
Look Beyond Manufacturing Improvements to Deliver Better Net Profits for 2020
Even though the new build season of 2020 is expected to be a good one for most, it likely will be more challenging to retain net profits than many anticipate. Most component manufacturers (CM) have been buying equipment and expanding their operations like crazy. Also, new money has flooded into...
Keep Moving and Enjoy the Ride
Well, it’s that time of year again — so many things to do and so little time! As we move quickly through the holiday season, I’m going to try to keep a few things in mind, and I thought I’d share.
If you have additional suggestions, please feel free to pass them along!...
Set the Course of Your Business
Many of us just returned from this year’s BCMC show. How appropriate it was to be in Columbus, a city named after a visionary who discovered the new world, and the theme was “Set Your Course.” In your business, no matter the role you serve, you have a chance to set the course...
The Vast Majority of Component Plants Have Too Much Lost Productivity
People make the common mistake of thinking that if they have been doing something for a long time, occasionally have made improvements over the years, and they are working hard and consistently, then they are doing it the best way possible. But the truth is, approximately 80% of truss and wall...
Strategy, Culture, and BCMC
Two manufacturers walk into the BCMC Show. One is a seasoned manufacturer who has been attending the show for many years and will learn something new, but really just goes to shake hands and be seen. The other manufacturer is new and eager, ready to learn and network with others at the show....
Time to Step Up Your Game
When you look out the window at the constantly evolving building industry, not only in the US but around the globe, you see change, innovation, and entirely new ways of marketing and selling your product which have sprouted up like freshly planted corn.
Yes, there are plenty of weeds also,...
Finding the Funny
Mistake. Accident. Faux pas. Fubar. They happen to all of us. Sometimes, they make us angry. Sometimes, they make us want to cry. Fortunately, sometimes, they can also make us laugh.
When to See the Humor
When something goes wrong, our natural reaction is be upset. We also may feel...
What Tools Are You Using
I really enjoy local county fairs and local attractions, because they give us an opportunity to see cool things from the past or something related to the area (and our fair has fresh roasted corn!). Recently at our local fair, the Stanwood Fair, I walked into a building showcasing tools used by...
The Last Word:
Whole House Builders?
Why aren’t your trussers designing walls and EWP too, as we said they would twenty-five years ago? To pave their way, we would deliver more intelligent (“IntelliBuilt”) and optimized (“OptiFramed”) software, and builders would provide flawless “BIM”...