We all know that change is inevitable. This knowledge is a relief when things are going poorly and worrisome when things are going well. The transition to Fall brings changes to the weather and perhaps a gradual slowing to the frenetic pace of marine work. It’s a good time to take stock and commit to making changes to improve your business, particularly by positioning it to capitalize on the inevitable changes ahead.
Automation is on everyone’s horizon, and this issue’s “Automation Advantages” discusses technology solutions that can expand your capabilities and provide opportunities for greater creativity and new market options. “Staying the Course” profiles Carl Pellegrini, the owner of SeaCanvas, and his meticulous approach to his craft and his business, which includes a recent decision to embrace automation changes. A sudden disaster can bring a raft of unwelcome changes that can sink your business. “Disaster Stories” will help you prepare for events that you hope the future will never bring.
Hiring new employees always brings change, and Broc Wodzien, Grand Traverse Canvas Works, presents tips for training new fabricators and simplifying complicated patterning. Terri Madden, Sand Sea & Air Interiors, explores changes in fabrics and finishes for marine seating, and Randy Westlund, Awning Tracker, discusses the high price small business owners pay when they’re too busy, or unwilling, to make changes to improve productivity.
Change happens whether you like it or not, but actively embracing it ensures greater success. As Chinese philosopher Lao Tzu once said, “If you do not change direction, you may end up where you are heading.” Now is a good time to look up from your work, and make sure you’re headed in the direction you want to be going.