This week marks the 35th anniversary of one of the most amazing moments in American sports history—The Miracle on Ice. It’s something that I still get the chills thinking about. The late, great Herb Brooks assembled a true “team” of players—guys that were there, as he noted, to play for the name on the front of the jersey and not the back. They faced adversity throughout their training and then in the Olympics fell behind game after game, but worked through it and came through in the end.
Even though I knew the result before seeing the US-USSR game (it was on tape delay and CBS Evening News told me who won before it was aired), it will probably be my most revered sports memory. And it doesn’t only pertain to sports; the business angle is in there, too. Several years ago we as an industry had the honor of having team USA Captain Mike Eruzione speak at the BEC Conference, and he was amazing. He had one line that I always refer to:
“You can’t measure heart, pride or commitment…. Intangibles separate good business from great business. If you believe in something, and you’re willing to work hard for it, you can accomplish it.”
- By the way, I know I have a very prominent Canadian audience (who I love as anyone who reads this knows) and the 1980 Olympics probably annoys them some, as their boys were beating the Russians 3-1 halfway through their game just a few days before the US played them. Then the Russians scored three goals in three minutes and that dream was dead. But if Canada somehow would’ve held on, history would be so different.
- The “Ad of the Month” in Glass Magazine goes to Salem Distributing. What a smart, clean and effective ad. Gets your attention and keeps it. Congrats to the team at Salem on a job well done. And by the way, this issue “Growing Pains” is absolutely fantastic. A ton of interesting stories and good research material as well.
- The Architectural Billings Index came out for January and it was down, barely below the success line, (49.9) but I don’t believe it's time for any concern. The overall numbers still had some very positive parts to them.
- Ran across an interesting piece this week on the challenges that a construction company will face in 2015. The top two were finding enough qualified skilled workers and landing enough work to be profitable. Quite frankly these are challenges that I am sure our world has as well. I am surprised that things like managing cash flow was not higher.
- Last this week, just some quick reminders of a couple big industry events on the horizon. GANA Annual Conference and BEC are coming in early March, and the GPAD event is coming mid-March. I’ll be at the GANA events and I am looking forward to seeing folks that I have not seen in a while—like the movie star Cameron Scripture of Viracon, the prolific runner Joe Erb of Quanex, and old friend Marty Richardson of Metropolitan Glass. And of course, many others. Can’t wait.
The author is founder of Sole Source Consultants, a consulting firm for the building products industry that specializes in marketing, branding, communication strategy and overall reputation management, as well as website and social media, and codes and specifications. E-mail him at MaxP@SoleSourceConsultants.com.
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