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Russ Kathrein is the President and CEO of Aurora, Ill.-based Alexander Lumber, which operates 12 locations throughout Illinois, Wisconsin and Iowa.
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The dumbest person in the room

Our society encourages people to become leaders. It glamorizes how cool it is to be the person in charge, implying that with that responsibility one will instinctively know what needs to be done.
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When (doing) less is more

There is something satisfying about taking your time in order to do some things right.
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Beware of the ladder shakers

As leaders, we have to be on the lookout for the perpetual ladder shakers because they are toxic to your company’s culture.
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Being a leader for our industry

In April, I attended the National Lumber and Building Material Dealers Association (NLBMDA) Legislative Conference in Washington, D.C., for the first time. All I...
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The most powerful word in your vocabulary

During the building boom, I ran a region of a company that sold tens of millions of dollars to a national builder. One day,...
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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...
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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...
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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....
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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....
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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...

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