RANDOM THOUGHTS EDITION

TGIM!

HERE WE GO!

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Saturday I stopped at a brat fry.   It was for Heberer Brothers Construction in Kewaskum.  Heberer Brothers were celebrating their 50th anniversary.  3rd generation builders were there.  My dad was very proud in the early 1990s that Heberer Brothers, a remodeling company in Kewaskum, choose to do some business with us.  My dad was their direct contace.  They have always had bright orange vans, still do.  I was a teenager and helped Roger, Norman, and Bill load those vans almost every morning.  They were the first customer to “fax in” their loads.  The way of the future we were told!  They were never our #1 customer, probably never top ten, but honestly one of the best customers we have ever had.   I love our large builders, but please always remember the little guys, they are the base and foundation of the communities we work in and really have made Drexel what we are.   As I enjoyed my hamburger I thought of all the “Heberer Brothers” that choose to buy from us and realize how blessed we are.  Thank you Heberers!

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NEVER QUIT IMPROVING. 

Sometimes we plateau.  Settle.  Get comfortable.  GET BACK ON TRACK.  PUSH TO DO IT BETTER.  And also PUSH TO MAKE THOSE AROUND YOU BETTER.  Recently, I heard we were having an issue with new jobs being set up prior to first order…. that’s a load of crap.   It leads to enabling, double work, and running around stressfully because we didn’t take the time to do it right the first time.   FIND THE SMALLEST WAY TO IMPROVE TODAY, THEN STICK WITH IT!

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CHANGE.

#PAULS will revolutionize the industry.  I am reading a book “Loonshot.”   Very inspiring when it comes to PAULS.  We will not go into this fearful.  Or blindly, but we will go BOLDLY AND QUICKLY AS POSSIBLE.   A few weeks we will be focused back on it.     It’s a big deal.   We haven’t forgot about it.   You do you.  We do that.

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SMILE.  HAVE FUN.  R E L A X.

Are you gonna have fun today?  GOSH I HOPE SO.  HAPPY, SUPPLY HAPPINESS DAY!

SMILE!    SMILE!  SMILE!

NO ONE IS DYING…THAT I KNOW OF.  MAKE IT FUN TODAY… even as you hold people accountable around you… make it fun.

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LET’S REMEMBER HOW COOL THIS IS.  Supplying happiness… our mission, surrounded by a great team, really cool clients with awesome projects in 2019.. as we head to Spring and Summer.  It’s a cool ride people.  ENJOY IT.

Go back and look at pictures from 10 years ago.  Normally we go… I was so young… so happy….and then SADLY … I didn’t even realize it.

Friends in 10 more years… we will look back at TODAY and think the same thing!

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PROFITABILITY / EFFORT / ENERGY

As a company, as diverse as we are (we sell multiple categories), we have to be aware of, WHAT’S NOT PROFITABLE, WHAT SUCKS OUR TIME, and then look to fix, drop, or dramatically improve it.  Most companies our size will IGNORE those anchors that drag us down.    We won’t ignore these, ever.   It’s something we need to keep our eye on.   And then DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT.

How do we do that?  Sales, profit dollars, people on that team…and then sometimes it’s spidey sense, that gut feeling something doesn’t click.  Then we can slow it down and go invoice by invoice if needed.    We ALL need to do that.  Hey, does that work the best way possible?  Are we REALLY Listening to those problems… or sayin, nah, it’s how we have always done it, we are big enough, that probably doesn’t matter…

It doesn’t matter… until the whole company operates like it…and we become another SHOPKO, TOYS R US, SEARS, GYMBOREE, MATTRESS FIRM, CLAIRES…

CLOSED.  FOREVER.

At one point, they were better, cooler, bigger, and more profitable then Drexel.

Our competition… was all bigger and better than us… then we GOT EM.

WILL WE GO FURTHER AND GET BETTER, OR ARE WE AT OUR PEAK?

YOU ALL MAKE THAT CHOICE DAILY.  DON’T EVER FORGET THAT FACT. 

 

Companies that don’t improve.  DIE.  period.

 

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Our Friend Sam… great story here.

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