Wired on the Wire

Sometimes you hit a nerve. Sometimes you open a wound.  Sometimes you rub the proverbial salt in it. Well, I guess last week I did all three.

In addition to the comments posted in response to my blog about misinformation about wired glass being thrown around like fact, a received a number of email comments and phone calls. Though the callers were different, the message was the same: why doesn’t somebody do something?

Well, a number of people have offered some possible courses of action and I will start putting them out there for your input during the next few weeks. Thanks to everyone who wrote with acknowledgement of the problem and offered possible solutions

I just got back from Glass Expo Midwest ’13 in suburban Chicago and enjoyed visiting with everyone who came out for the show, exhibitors and attendees alike. It was great to see John Weise right at the show’s entrance with a big Barkow truck …. Also wanted to thank Mary Hester of JLM for both sponsoring refreshment breaks and handling the “Take the Hard Out of Hardware” seminar … loved seeing Daniel Zualoga manning the Portalp display of some very trendy new products including a uniquely designed commercial automatic door system …. Enjoyed Richard Voreis’ presentation on future building trends also because I saw a lot of light bulbs going off over the heads of those attending. He provided an excellent overview of future trends that will affect our industry … I wish the weather had cooperated a bit more, as radio reports said the city received about two inches of rain in four hours. Bill Zeitarsky said he is a real weather nut and has quite a weather station set up in his suburban Chicago backyard. He called his wife, who told him just about four inches of rain had fallen all day. At least the high winds that accompanied it were good for local business.

It was glasshotel4nice also to see one of my favorite writers, Paul Bieber, manning a table with his new book “The Five Minute Consultant’s Solutions to Everyday Business Problems.” Now granted, I am a bit biased as I helped with it and helped Paul get it published, but I must say it is the most practical, non-threatening primer on what to do when things go wrong in the everyday course of business. Through 50 different vignettes, Paul explains how to handle everything from the great mistake in production to the dangerous, disgruntled employee.

glasshotel1By the way, Glass Expo Midwest was held at the Renaissance Schaumburg Hotel and Convention Center, which in itself could have been a winner in any glass design contest. From glass furniture to art work to balconies and railings to the TV-in-bathroom mirror glass, the Renaissance set a great example of what to do with glass to create a dynamite-looking facility.

We need more of it.

Have a great week.