Latest Articles in Management

  • My first foray into the window and door business was in early 1984.  Many things have changed in the sales arena since then, except for one: the challenge of converting a lead into a sale.  The first step in the sales process is to find a prospect interested in your products and to set up a sales appointment. With the appointment comes the challenge of converting the homeowner's... more »
  • The housing market continues to recover, but not at the rate many of us would like to see. Economists attribute sluggish growth levels to rising material costs and a lack of skilled labor, among other reasons. Builders around the country are pointing to such problems, particularly in some of the hotter new home markets. It's been a long time, however, since I heard such complaints in the window... more »
  • I just love this list of 10 surprising assertions from entrepreneurs, published recently as a column on Forbes.com. Even though the columnist warned me that a statement or two might come as a surprise, I still managed a couple of mental “no way”s and “really?”s as I made my way through it. Of particular note were some against-the-grain assertions, including that business... more »
  • Let me start off by saying I do not intend to have a conversation about gun control legislation. However, it’s pretty difficult to ignore the unfortunate series of events our country has experienced at the hands of misguided gunmen in the last several months—including an incident just yesterday at a Texas college. What I am interested to know is whether your workplace has security... more »
  • Advice for a stronger 2013 for your business…and for you
    Less than five minutes’ drive from my home, I have access to a series of trails that wind through the woods and around the shores of a reservoir. My wife and I regularly go and hike a loop we especially like; with some good elevation changes, it’s a nice workout in a serene setting. We rarely encounter anyone else. Sometimes I go alone, usually when I need some time to think about... more »
  • New housing starts are expected to be up nearly 20 percent in 2013, and it's anticipated remodeling and replacement will see double-digit growth rates in the first and second quarter. Ten years ago, that would have made window and door executives giddy about the year ahead. I’m not looking for giddy now. The past six years have been rough on most of our businesses. Dysfunction in Washington... more »
  • Every business owner knows that a successful corporate social responsibility strategy can do a lot for both your business and your community. During the holiday season, especially, many businesses put an emphasis on finding ways to give back, either by supporting a national cause such as Toys for Tots or by acting more locally and contributing to a local nonprofit or family in need. The holidays... more »
  • “I feel lucky,” a Connecticut-based business friend told me following Hurricane Sandy.  “I have electricity and a roof, unlike the businesses on either side of me.” Sometimes, it is just about luck, but it’s also good to have a disaster recovery plan in place for your company.  In the case of my friend, Tom, the potential for long-term power outages and... more »
  • For those of us on the East Coast, Hurricane Sandy has packed a wallop. Estimates of the destruction and damage are just starting to come in.  Schools and businesses up and down the East Coast have been closed—even the New York Stock Exchange shut down for the first time in decades due to a weather-related incident. The Window & Door team is put the final touches on this week... more »
  • Provisions in the law will be impacting both large and small employers moving forward
    After more than a year of negotiations and debate, President Obama signed the hotly-contested Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act into law in 2010. Finding someone in the United States who has never heard of the act or does not have an opinion about it would be difficult. At this point, however, only portions of the PPACA have taken effect. Other are still to come, with most coming into... more »