Category : Editors Note

Editor’s Note: Play your game

April 9, 2018

With a son who’s an avid hockey player and all-around sports kid, our household gravitates toward sports movies. Without a doubt, our favorite sports movie is “Miracle”—the true story of … Read More

Lean and agile wins the race

March 7, 2018

As I write this, the 2018 Winter Olympics are in the record books. Watching the highlights, I was struck with how often the difference between Silver and Gold came down … Read More

Editor’s Note: The LBM Community

February 8, 2018

“The LBM business isn’t like other industries…” That’s a common comment I hear when talking with someone with extensive business experience, but who has only recently joined our world. When … Read More

Editor’s Note: Three action items for 2018

January 4, 2018

As a new year gets up and running, there’s no shortage of predictions and forecasts for what’s in store for the residential construction industry in 2018. There will always be … Read More

Editor’s Note: Fresh perspectives

November 21, 2017

“You need to get out of the rat race. You need to get some big picture thinking going on.” That was Rufus Duncan, when asked why he attends the annual … Read More

Editor’s Note: The law of attraction

October 13, 2017

It often takes a situation to reach crisis status before we’re forced to find a solution. At this point, I think it’s safe to say that the residential construction industry—LBM … Read More

Editor’s Note: Run your race

September 1, 2017

Ben Franklin famously said, “In this world, nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.” For those who make their living in the LBM industry, I’d like … Read More

Editor’s Note: Knowledge as a Service

August 9, 2017

“I don’t make mistakes.” That’s what my 9-year-old son insisted as I drove him to camp yesterday. He was frustrated that his coach didn’t count a crucial goal during a … Read More

Editor’s Note: Desperately Seeking Good People

July 11, 2017

When I first joined the LBM industry back in 1990, the major threat was the explosion of big box stores—and the prematurely projected demise of the independent lumber dealer. Later … Read More

Editor’s Note: The Time is Now

June 14, 2017

No question about it: change is scary. It’s also a primary element of reality, so we’d better get used to it. Beyond merely accepting change, I’m convinced that we and … Read More