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Russ Kathrein

Russ Kathrein is the President and CEO of Aurora, Ill.-based Alexander Lumber, which operates 22 locations throughout Illinois, Wisconsin and Iowa.

You can’t judge what you don’t measure

My wife thought I was crazy when I told her the reason that I majored in finance in college was because it was the...

Go big or go home

When talking about commitment, there is a well-known comparison of the difference between ham and eggs. With regard to the eggs, the chicken is...

Hire slowly, fire quickly

One of the hardest tasks we face as leaders is building our team. Most often, we inherit a team, rather than build from scratch....
Russ Kathrein

Technology: Poor planning in = garbage out

With the start of the new year, many of us are trying to figure out how to make our businesses better and more efficient....
Russ Kathrein

Your first loss is your best loss

As our business cycle is winding down, I like to look back over the year and review what we accomplished and what we could...
Russ Kathrein

Get out from behind your desk

Nearly anyone can tell you that sitting at your desk for long periods of time takes a toll on your physical wellbeing. You need...
Russ Kathrein

Perfect is the enemy of good

One of the traits I look for in members on my team is a sense of urgency. This does not mean I want people...

You have to fail in order to succeed

When I was 24, I came back from working in corporate America and, with my brother, took over my father’s lumber company while it...

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