Blogs (46)


How to Target New Homeowners Looking For Painters

by Austin Houser

One of the most important aspects of marketing for your painting business is audience...


Painting Contractor Social Media Marketing Strategies

by Austin Houser

As a painting contractor, you may have mistaken your business for a painting company....


Is All of Construction on a Fast Track?

by Letsfixconstruction.com

While hosting a Let’s Fix Construction workshop at the 2018 AIA Conference in New Yor...


Everyone Needs Coaching, Mentoring

by Letsfixconstruction.com

It is a growing trend for busy professionals to spend some time each week with a coac...


Financial Safety: Insurance, Bonds, Warranties

by Letsfixconstruction.com

Construction insurance, bonds and warranties are among the most confusing and inscrut...


What Don’t You Know?

by Letsfixconstruction.com

In my humble opinion, the best way to fix something is to learn what you don’t know. ...


Is Construction Broken?

by Letsfixconstruction.com

This project is named “Let’s Fix Construction,” which implies that construction is br...


Normalization of Deviance

by Warren Brand

It brought down both Space Shuttles, is responsible for the disaster at Deepwater Hor...


Ways to Get Motivated in a Coatings Career

by V.C. "Bud" Jenkins

Motivation can be described as recognizing a need for something and then taking steps...


Building a Good Foundation

by V.C. "Bud" Jenkins

I was at a client’s store last week when a painting crew of five young workers came i...


The Importance of Your Learning Culture

by Amy Gibson

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


Checklist for Evaluating Stone Durability

by Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates Inc.

Stone, in general, is considered a durable material; however, not all stones are as d...


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...


Millennials: A Good Bet for Construction

by FMI

Now is the time to start incorporating a millennial-focused recruitment strategy for ...


New Leaders for LEED: What Will Change?

by Robert J. Kobet, AIA

USGBC was founded 22 years ago with a governance structure appropriate for a U.S.-bas...


Sex and the C-Level

by Cynthia O'Malley

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


Best Practices: Make Room for Daddy

by FMI

The construction industry has a unique culture and a rich history steeped in predicta...


The Business of Brand Color

by Jill Pilaroscia

When it comes to branding and business, color has the ability to communicate instanta...


But What about the Men?

by Cynthia O'Malley

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


When Best Practices Go Bad

by FMI

Many times, companies develop best practices and implement them poorly. This can resu...


Gen Y: The New Face of Construction

by FMI

From the field to the boardroom, the construction industry has a deepening labor shor...


The More Things Change ...

by Cynthia O'Malley

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


From Loyal Employees, Loyal Clients

by FMI

Today’s business environment is very different from six years ago, when the pace of e...


Doing What You Promised, on Time

by FMI

So many people are urging contractors to refrain from the cliché “on time, on schedul...


What Good Reps Know (and You May Not)

by Bob Bailey, AIA, CCS

So that you don’t think my previous post was a screed against manufacturers and their...


Going Beyond the ‘Good Old Boys’

by Cynthia O'Malley

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


How to Hire, and Keep, the Right People

by FMI

In his book Good to Great, Jim Collins noted, “The old adage ‘People are your ...


Getting Paid—On Time, Without Drama

by FMI

Any principal of a construction firm will tell you that cash is king. There is little...


Closing Thoughts

by Karen Kapsanis

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


Merger Mania, and Why It Matters

by Karen Kapsanis

Over the past 30 years in the coatings industry, mergers and acquisitions have affect...


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...


Clean and Green? Maybe...

by Karen Kapsanis

I wouldn’t call it a scam or a lie or even an intention to mislead. “It” is the lang...


Foul Play with the Not-So-Fine Print

by Simon Hope

Over the years, I have watched all sorts of wonderful ideas come and go—many of them ...


Frank Lloyd Done Wrong

by Pamela Simmons

Hard to believe, but a house designed by Frank Lloyd Wright may soon be torn down—and...


Painting it Forward, 1 Town at a Time

by Pamela Simmons

Sometimes you have to stop thinking about painting and just paint. On Sunday, Septemb...


Recycling Paint: Making Jobs Out of Junk

by Pamela Simmons

After 20 years in the paint business as everything from contractor to salesman, and a...


Paint on Demand: Thinking Outside the Can

by Pamela Simmons

The terms, green and sustainable are thrown around rampantly these days...


The Art of Paint Recycling

by Pamela Simmons

It is estimated that the amount of paint discarded in North America each year is almo...


Modern Renaissance: Dynamic Color Scenario Seen in Glance Ahead

by Jill M. Speegle

How would you describe a modern renaissance? Do the terms “extreme salvage,” “restrai...


Testifying for Color: Celebs Relate ‘Stories,’ Build on ‘Habitat’ Assist

by Jill M. Speegle

When it comes to selecting paint colors to liven interior spaces, the indecisiveness ...


In the Limelight: ‘Vegan’ Paint Company Settles on Fresh Vision

by Jill M. Speegle

With ingredients like clay, chalk, lime, and Italian marble it’s not surprising Unear...


‘Indie’ Paint Company Offers its Slant on the 2012 Color Hit Parade

by Jill M. Speegle

“Sprout,” “From Farm to Table,” and “Dusk to Dawn” may sound like a playlist of the l...


‘Argyle’ Positioned to Make Dramatic Entry at New Year’s Color Party

by Jill M. Speegle

Argyle, a true, earth-inspired green, will enter the color scene with considerable bu...


A Modest Proposal: Give Compromise a Chance—and Rational Thinking too

by Harold Hower

People today tend to dislike compromise, as seen in headlines about labor disputes an...


 
 
   

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