Democracy vs. Representative Republic

With yesterday being Veterans Day, and that many of us exercised our right to vote earlier this week, it seemed appropriate to speak to the topic of Freedom in today’s blog post. Freedom is NOT free, but in the absence of conflict on our home soil, it is easy to see where some might take…

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Consistency

Like prayer, worship and assembling ourselves together, our business life requires Consistency. Doing something occasionally does not build muscle memory, we don’t grow, improve or move towards reaching our dreams. Inconsistency thwarts our mission, it steals our dreams. The World Domination Custom Cabinetry app provides the daily feedback loops to help us be consistent in…

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Should vs. Did

I have no idea if John Maxwell understood how many custom cabinet manufacturers this statement hits between the eyes when he said it, and I’m confident that there are a lot of other trades it applies to equally well. The ”I should’s” are many, but the ”I did’s” are few and far between. The World…

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Got Problems?

When we are really busy, it’s easy to overlook and/or ignore small problems, but those small problems will almost always become big problems if we stay the course of overlooking and/or ignoring those small problems. Don’t neglect or ignore: Slipping lead times (be on time all the time) Win/Loss ratio Quality Issues Team Member issues…

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Sell ‘em

W. S. Stuckey used Interstate billboards to tell ’em what he was sellin’ ’em, and it worked. What channels will you use to tell ’em what your sellin’ ’em? No matter how busy you are, make sure you take W.S. Stuckey’s advice and keep on tellin’ ’em that you’re sellin’ ’em custom cabinetry.

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Difficult People

When we point our finger at difficult people, 3 fingers are pointing right back at us. We must learn to love difficult people since in someone’s eyes and heart, we are the difficult person.

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Objective > Task

Providing your team with an objective that includes a clearly defined outcome is always better than a task or list of tasks. ”Commit your work to the Lord, and your plans will be established.” PROVERBS 16:3 ESV

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Effective Estimating – Part 6 of 6

In our prior Effective Estimating post of this series, we talked about our Estimate and Proposal ACCURACY. In this final post of the series, I want to remind all cabinetmakers (me included), that when it comes to manufacturing cabinets for profit, “The end depends upon the beginning.” No matter how effective we design, engineer, machine,…

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Effective Estimating – Part 5 of 6

In the last Effective Estimating blog post, we talked about providing our prospective clients with multiple Estimates in an attempt to sell more projects. In this post we will look at our Estimate Accuracy. In earlier posts in this Effective Estimating series, we talked about three principles of Effective Estimating, one being Managing Customer Expectations and we briefly…

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