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BEHIND THE NUMBERS: Building a Plan

Knowing up-to-date information about your market is a critical part of a solid business plan. BY: AL SHERMAN Last month, I was embarrassed to mention that,...

BEHIND THE NUMBERS: Now I Understand…

The wisdom of making a plan - then knowing when to change it. BY: AL SHERMAN I spent years telling lumberyard managers how important it is to...

BEHIND THE NUMBERS: Wrong Or Lucky

“An economist is an expert who will know tomorrow why the things he predicted yesterday didn’t happen today.” —Evan Esar BY: AL SHERMAN Mostly we view forecasters—economic,...

BEHIND THE NUMBERS: Measuring Success

How’s business? The question gets asked millions of times a day in virtually every language on the planet. BY: AL SHERMANHow’s business? The question gets...

Decision-Making: Vegas Edition

Winners play probabilities; losers play possibilities. For those readers who may have accidentally stumbled onto my website, www.LBMResearch.com, this month’s column will sound a little...

BEHIND THE NUMBERS: Love the Booms, Hate the Busts

They call it the housing cycle—boom followed by bust followed by boom followed by bust followed by…. Personally, I’d rather see slow, steady, unexciting, unbooming...

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