Several weeks ago, the editorial teams ofTILE Magazineand its sister publications - NFTandFloor Covering Installer- embarked upon a massive research project encompassing reams of archived material culled fromWestern Floors. The result?
ago, the editorial teams of
TILE Magazineand its sister
publications -NFTandFloor Covering Installer- embarked upon a massive research project encompassing reams of archived
material culled fromWestern Floors(which later merged
withEastern Floorsto becomeNFT),
from 1959 until the present.
from the additional knowledge and insight I gained, there was one passage
written by the late Howard Olansky, editor ofWestern Floorsmagazine, which is still fresh in my mind. But first, here’s a bit of history.
1959, the World Floor Covering Association (WFCA) was formed by a handful of
no-nonsense people who wanted to improve their floor covering business with
installation training and business-building seminars.
well as things were going for the WFCA, there were those who expressed
negativity towards business-oriented or installation-related training seminars
or courses, and that “things would get better” soon - on their own, of course.
who promoted the fledgling organization tirelessly through the pages ofWestern
Floors, was not one to settle for complacency. He had heard things through the
“grapevine” and seen the apathy for himself. With that in mind, he puts his
thoughts down and published the following in an editorial:
will be a big wonderful world, one destined to sprinkle brightness, beauty and
money down on all of us. All one has to do is sit back and wait patiently. Let
the other guy try and do something to either improve his lot from a low
position, or move forward from an already healthy level.”
just the right amount of sarcasm, wit and truth, he always managed to get his
may be asking why I brought this topic up in the first place. It’s simple
really: good advice doesn’t carry an expiration date.
are plenty of opportunities and events on the horizon where you can learn new
business-building tactics, or hone the ones you have(see the online Calendar
section at www.tilemagonline.com for a complete listing of industry events).
Lesson From the Past
September 21, 2009