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Ecoat 2014

Screenshot 2014-05-21 11.48.42In April, I was invited to be the closing speaker at Ecoat14. I can’t begin to describe how privileged I felt to present at such an event. The Electrocoat Association and Product Finishing Magazine host the show every other year.  It brings in the leaders of the top companies in our industry from all over the country to learn about new technologies and innovations. Continue reading

Go See, Ask Why, Show Respect!

When you hear about a problem with a product, the first thing that goes through your head is “Now why would they do that?” Jumping to conclusions is a dangerous way to run your business. If you really think about it, no one in your company is trying to sabotage your business. More often than not someone has made a minor mistake or an accident occurred. Continue reading

Aim for Nothing and You’ll Hit it Every Time

In business, life and pretty much anything you do, a goal is necessary to be successful. Long term goals can get you started, but even long term goals fall short without short term goals to hold them up.  Without a goal, you don’t have any reason to be productive. Continue reading

The 8:08 Conference Call

 

By Chuck Gault, Max Coating President

I recently came across a book titled Mastering the Rockefeller Habits by Verne Harnish. Harnish is the founder of Entrepreneurs’ Organization (EO) and knows a thing or two about growing a company.

Based on the habits of John D. Rockefeller, in his book, Harnish talks about the fundamental ideas that Rockefeller used to ultimately dominate the oil industry.  According to Harnish, there are three pillars to these habits:

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How Do You Eat an Elephant?

Cartoon ElephantBy Chuck Gault, Max Coating President

We recently hired a Production Supervisor, Kelvin Allen, for our Atlanta plant. Kelvin has over ten years’ experience in the automotive industry and is well versed in systems and processes. We asked him to spend a few days out on our shop floor to get to know the team, watch what we do, and take notes about any potential improvements we can make.

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“We Want Perfection.”

By Chuck Gault, Max Coating President

BullseyeI recently attended a talk given by one of the vice presidents at Honda America, where he addressed what his company is looking for from their suppliers.

“We want perfection,” he said. The crowd gave a nervous laugh.

But it’s true. A company like Honda doesn’t get to the level where they are without striving for perfection – perfection from themselves and from their suppliers.  Continue reading

Sharpen Your Axe

By Chuck Gault, Max Coating President

AxeIt seems like I’m constantly Googling terms that I think I know, but upon further reflection, realize need clarification. It still amazes me that with just a few clicks of my mouse, I’m able to get any answer to any question under the sun.

I found myself talking to some of my team members the other day about quality assurance. But the more I used that phrase, the more I realized that maybe I was using it wrong. Enter: Google. Continue reading