November 28, 2023

Lead Times and Supply Chain Issues are Still Important

I recently attended the Facades+ Los Angeles conference. This conference attracts architects and offers seminars and areas for vendors to showcase products. The conference was well attended, and most of the people I met were architects or designers. I was surprised how often lead times came up in our conversations. They are still concerned with supply chain issues and how they affect projects. Several asked […]

November 14, 2023

Mentoring Helps Both Parties and the Whole Industry

I read an article about how important it is to have mentors in your organization. The authors stated that “just under half of Gen Zers (48%) report they don’t have a mentor on the job—but the overwhelming majority (83%) want one, according to a recent Adobe survey. Workers with mentors are happier at their jobs and get ahead faster.” Over the years, starting in college, […]

October 24, 2023

ChatGPT’s Take on Trade Show Preparation

With one of the industry’s largest trade shows next week, I decided to ask ChatGPT how to prepare. I thought I would share what the system had to say. My comments are in bold. Effectively managing a trade show requires careful planning and execution. Here are some strategies to make your trade show participation successful: Set Clear Goals Determine what you want to achieve at […]

October 10, 2023

Small Improvements Everyday Can Increase Your Bottom Line

You don’t want to wait until your business slows down or you lose an employee to start looking for ways to be more productive. In the market we are in today, with inflation, gas prices soaring and labor shortages nibbling away at your bottom line, it is important to look for ways to streamline your business. While continuous improvement is talked about by a lot […]

September 26, 2023

The Importance of People

I had the opportunity recently to hire several salespeople. One of our new hires made the comment that they felt like they had moved into a neighborhood where they fit in and felt right at home. This was quite a compliment the more I thought about it. I never considered a company a neighborhood, but it made a lot of sense. We all want our […]