From the President’s Desk
Rick Lindemann

Greetings All:

“Never let a good crisis go to waste”

I remember the first time I heard that, I couldn’t help thinking how ruthless and evil that was, and maybe at the time there was some truth to that. First of all, how do you include good and crisis in the same sentence?

Actually, Winston Churchill was credited for saying it back in 1940 at the end of WWII. Winston Churchill

The positive thought was that it’s an opportunity to do things you think you could not do before.

I guess the same holds true today, good and bad.

Many use Covid as an excuse for everything. We aren’t allowing any sales people in, our company travel policy has changed, there is a shipping container shortage, and so on and so on.

Fast forward one year, as the economic recovery is in full swing, we have new crises to contend with.

There is a shortage of lumber and building prices are sky high. Demand for steel has gone up and prices are following, fuel prices are rising again, here come the surcharges. Lead-times are going way out, you need to put in more inventory. Most manufactures are capitalizing on the opportunity for price increases as well.

Heck, the Suez Canal was blocked for almost a week, that should be good for something.

Let’s go back and look at what was really said:

“Never let a Serious crisis go to waste”

“Its an opportunity to do things you think you could not do before”

Is it possible to do some work from home? Could we change our spending habits? Could we use available technology to communicate more efficiently, what products or services will become more important as a result of the past year.

What’s more important to you and what do you think you can do now as compared to a year ago?

Hope you are having a great spring and are off to a good start of the year

Till next month.

Best Regards,
Rick Lindemann