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Just Right: A Goldilocks Approach to Specification

by Robert Ikenberry

When writing a specification for protective coatings, too much can be just as bad as ...


Get Engaged: Visit Your Nation's Capital!

by Robert Ikenberry

Every member of the electorate needs to spend some effort to be informed about critic...


Advice from a Wastewater Expert

by PaintSquare Staff

Kevin Morris, a 25-year veteran of the coatings industry, specializing in water and w...


Looking East to Make America Great

by Robert Ikenberry

As anyone who works in construction knows, projects are built on cooperation, even th...


Access, Access, Access: Reach Out and Hug a Bridge

by Robert Ikenberry

Just as realtors say, "Location, location, location," bridge-painting jobs should hav...


How About a New 95:50 Rule?

by Robert Ikenberry

I think we should have a new way of looking at quality. We don’t have to settle for “...


The Importance of Your Learning Culture

by Amy Gibson

First things first: What is an “organizational learning culture”? Your organizational...


Are Your Clients Arguing from Ignorance or Authority?

by Warren Brand

For those of you who follow my blog, you’ll know I live with four women—three daughte...


Old-School vs. New-School Learning: Which Do You Prefer? (You Might Be Surprised!)

by Amy Gibson

Learning occurs every day, but when we think of learning, many of us have a nostalgic...


Kindness: The Missing Ingredient in Any Successful Coating Application

by Warren Brand

It was 2010 and I had just turned 50 when I walked away from a family business. In do...


A Perspective on Learning

by Amy Gibson

Former CEO of GE Jack Welch said, “An organization’s ability to learn, and translate ...


Giving Back

by Michael Halliwell

Isn’t it amazing how many lives we touch in our day-to-day work? Or even when we are ...


Sex and the C-Level

by Cynthia O'Malley

PITTSBURGH--In Corporate America, balanced representation of women in leadership (wit...


Why Your Bridge Needs a Good Bake Sale

by Robert Ikenberry

Americans are great innovators. We develop the coolest technological toys. From perso...


But What about the Men?

by Cynthia O'Malley

Our industry will never achieve the benefits of gender equality with only one gender ...


Driving Data from Disco to Digital

by Warren Brand

For nearly 30 years, I’ve watched, fascinated, as technology in the coatings industry...


The More Things Change ...

by Cynthia O'Malley

I recently had the rare opportunity to sit and have an extended conversation with a l...


Lead: Much Ado about Nothing?

by Warren Brand

I can think of few corrosion protective materials more durable, functional and versat...


Going Beyond the ‘Good Old Boys’

by Cynthia O'Malley

Where are the women in coatings, and why aren’t there more of them?


Learning (Yes, Really) from Al Jazeera

by Robert Ikenberry

Last week on our bridge demo project, I ran into a news reporter I know who hopes to ...


Playing on a Field Not Remotely Level

by Cynthia O'Malley

The Women in Coatings group was formed in 2010 as part of SSPC: The Society for Prote...


How Much Does a Bad Paint Job Cost?

by Warren Brand

I’m passionate about everything pertaining to our industry. I have one company that c...


Land Mines on the Road to Safety

by Simon Hope

I never cease to wonder at the depths to which individuals will lower themselves for ...


Closing Thoughts

by Karen Kapsanis

Years ago, when I joined JPCL as the editorial assistant, I told myself that I...


The Perils of O-Ring Thinking

by Warren Brand

When it comes to failure, there are causes, and then there are causes.


Up a Tree ... without a Password

by Karen Kapsanis

Sometimes, I think living in the Information Age is like trying to get into some kid’...


Hot Times, Cool Opportunities

by Robert Ikenberry

It’s time to talk about climate change—and I don’t mean arguing about whether it’s ha...


Congratulations on Your Engagement

by Pamela Simmons

Today the word “engagement” does not so much mean moving to the next level with your ...


Construction Still Low on High Tech

by Robert Ikenberry

Construction is one of the last industries to embrace technology—or so it seems. If s...


Infrastructure Needs a Good PR Firm

by Robert Ikenberry

Which would you notice first? Money missing from your Social Security check, or a pat...


Business Building: Investing in ‘Yes’

by Robert Ikenberry

I’m often amazed when I watch other contractors interact with owners.


Casting a Vote for Infrastructure

by Karen Kapsanis

I really don’t like leap years, mainly because they are the years when the campaign f...


Social Media: Y U Should ‘Like’ It

by Pamela Simmons

Social media isn’t new, but you wouldn’t know it from some people in the coatings ind...


Rebuilding a Skilled Workforce

by Robert Ikenberry

Recently, McGraw-Hill Construction went looking for skilled labor. Turns out, they we...


Print vs. Digital: The Ultimate Partnership

by Pamela Simmons

Google the words, “print dead” and you’ll come up with countless articles, polls, and...


One for All?

by Karen Kapsanis

I recently heard that some owners change a contract by replacing an “SSPC-certified c...


 
 
   

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