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Tomorrow Will Come In my work as a consultant to remodelers I am hearing from clients about the challenges they are facing.  A downturn looks different in each person’s world.  A signed job (or two or three) is canceled.  Permitting obstacles delay or prevent a project from starting.  Pricing pressures tempt or force the reduction…

  Leveling The See-Saw Remember going to the playground when you were young and riding the see-saw?  Some people call it the teeter-totter.  Little more than a board centered on a fulcrum, you and a friend would get on each end, alternately pushing one another up and down. After doing that for a while (sometimes…

What’s Next? There is an old Chinese proverb: May you live in interesting times.  The premise is that when things are going well and the living is easy one tends to learn and grow less than when times are more uncertain.  Well, I think it is fair to say for most of us working in…

What Could Be Better? Over the course of this year I have written about some key things to keep in mind when working on your business plan.  Given all the people who work in and with your business a clear sense of what the enterprise is about is one of the over-arching purposes of preparing…

Where Do You Start? It is the beginning of the year.  Once again, on your list of to-dos is “Business plan”.  You are stuck, as you have been in the past.  How does one create a plan that means something, that makes a difference in the day-to-day operation of a company? The best place, as…

Values and Choices In my previous column I talked about the importance of defining the mission/vision for your company.  Absent that the company is really a collection of companies, with each individual employed there deciding for himself what the mission/vision is for “his” company. As part of a fully developed business plan your company needs…

Making Your Plan Live Over the course of this year I have been writing about the steps involved in creating a business plan.  We started with the power of crafting a vision for the company.  That then led to preparing a succinct and powerful list of the company’s core values.  Using these as a basis…

Innovation And Change Here we are at the beginning of 2007.  All is possible at this time of year.  Leaving the past behind.  This is the year I will… Working in the remodeling industry is certainly a good way to learn about new beginnings.  Change has been one of the few things we can count…

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