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|Articles - April 2012|
|Thursday, March 22, 2012|
Page 1 of 3BY DAN MCMILLAN
Diebold Lumber’s president, Jim Patrick, leans forward when Jerry Lawson, his vice president of sales, leaves the room and confides he'd like to see Lawson run the company someday.
The 67-year-old Patrick credits Lawson, 48, with bringing new energy and perspectives to his third-generation lumber company and is willing to trust Lawson and operations manager Dave Smith with his company's future and its hard-earned reputation.
“We've never gone for the cheaper route,” Patrick says. “We've always gone with better.” And he expects the future leaders to continue that tradition.
Lawson returns the compliment by praising Patrick for creating a well-respected business that is positioned to survive into a fourth generation.
But both know innovation is key in a world where it can be cheaper to ship lumber to China for re-manufacturing than doing the work in the U.S., even when the finished product is destined for the U.S. market.
The foundation of Diebold's reinvention is a lean initiative that provides a way to frame every issue that faces the company: “How do we get more efficiency from the wood we’ve got,” Lawson says.
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BY TAMSEN LEACHMAN | OB GUEST CONTRIBUTOR
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BY JASON NORRIS, CFA | OB GUEST BLOGGER
Pets.com, GeoCities, eToys, and WorldCom … blasts-from-the-past that all signify the late 1990s Internet bubble. Yet we believe the dynamics of the market, specifically in technology stocks, are much different today than it was during the late 1990s.
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As baby boomers sell their businesses, too many forget the all-important succession plan.
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BY AMY MILSHTEIN | OB CONTRIBUTOR
Don’t just sit there. For a healthy workplace, move up and down — and all around.
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BY LINDA BAKER | OB EDITOR
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Friday, February 27, 2015
BY OB STAFF
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