May 12, 2015

Some Pearls of Wisdom

By Paul Bieber

I don’t know if these are real pearls or just made up thoughts, but they are good thoughts to keep in mind in a leadership or ownership position in the glass business. (By the way, if you forgot to buy your mother or wife a mother’s day present, go for the real pearls. After all, you are already two days late.)

  • You are unique. Don’t expect anyone else to be you. If fact, you can find people who are better than you in certain areas. Hire them.
  • It is better to be fantastic at a few important things in the glass business than to be mediocre in everything. Hire people better than yourself. (Oops, I already said that… do you get the hint?)
  • Don’t leave the office until your desk is empty or organized for the following day. Make tomorrow’s to-do list tonight so that you hit the office ready to work.
  • Today’s to-do list should be finished before you start preparing tomorrow’s. If you find you are not regularly finishing today’s, pare down your list for tomorrow. Prioritize the important items for each day.
  • A big shop and big work doesn’t mean you are a better glass company. It just means you take bigger risks. It is the small and large successes that count.
  • Hiring people is the hardest thing you have to do as a business leader. Wait, make that hiring good people.
  • The glass industry is small. Don’t get too angry at someone now; the odds are you will need them sooner than you think.
  • If your only goal is to make money, you won’t. Have goals that include working with people and sharing your growth. 
  • No one in our industry can succeed alone. So, why are you trying to be the one that thinks he can?

Any pearls you can add to this list? Drop me a note at