Registration for the 2015 WICA Annual Sponsor Program is now open. Sign up to be a WICA Annual Sponsor to get additional association-wide exposure for your company including: your company name in every program event book, your logo on the WICA website homepage and Annual Sponsor Banner, and more. The deadline for registration is January 12, 2015, but consider becoming a sponsor now. The support of Annual Sponsors vitally affects the organization and assists in continued development and advancement of the organization. Register to become 2015 Annual Sponsor online here or download the registration form here.
WICA would like to also thank all of our 2014 Annual Sponsors for their continuous help and support during this year’s events. The 2014 Annual Sponsors are:
Platinum Level - Armacell, Brand Energy Services, Johns Manville, and Performance Contracting, Inc.
Gold Level - Alpha Associates, LLC, E.J. Bartells, Hudson Bay Insulation, Industrial Insulation Group, LLC, Knauf Insulation, Owens Corning, and Summit Contracting LLC
Silver Level - Associated Third Party Administrators, Ideal Products of America, Insult-Therm International, Inc., ITW Insulation Systems, K-Flex USA, Manson Insulation Products, Midwest Fasteners, Inc., Pacific Insulation Company, RPR Products, and Rock Wool Manufacturing Company
The WICA 2014 Annual Convention was held in October in Oahu, Hawaii at Turtle Bay Resort. This year’s event provided ample opportunity for socializing and enjoying the location while also providing attendees with some thought-provoking information and discussion. Blaine Millet from WOM 10 spoke to the group about implementing and utilizing social media on a corporate level as well as ways to make companies more customer-centric. Additionally, attendees were afforded the opportunity to learn about and discuss LEED v4 and the opportunities and challenges associated with it. The convention was not short on social activities with events including a beach party, opening reception, golf tournament, Zumba spouse program, and a luau President’s Reception and Dinner.
WICA would like to thank all attendees for their support of the event as well as the many sponsors who made the event possible this year. The sponsors of the convention were: Alaskan Insulation Specialties, Alpha Associates, Inc., Armacell, Associated Third Party Administrators, Bay Insulation of L.A., Brand Energy Services, E.J. Bartells, Farwest Insulation Contracting, Hudson Bay Insulation, Ideal Products of America, Industrial Insulation Group, LLC, Insult-Therm International, Inc., ITW Insulation Systems, Johns Manville, K-Flex USA, Knauf Insulation, Manson Insulation Products, Ltd., Midwest Fasteners, Inc., Owens Corning, Pacific Insulation Company, Performance Contracting, Inc., Pittsburgh Corning Corporation, Proto Corporation, Rock Wool Manufacturing Company, RPR Products, Inc., Summit Contracting LLC, Winroc-SPI. To view the photo gallery from this event, please click here.
WICA is currently in the process of scheduling and finalizing event dates and locations for the regional events of 2015. As we finalize this schedule, WICA would welcome feedback and input from the membership on any and all of the WICA Events and how we might improve them and make them more valuable for the members. WICA will publish the dates and details as soon as the information is available to the WICA Website._READ_MORE
We all know that leaders need to make tough decisions every day. Yet it’s how they make those decisions that set the best leaders apart.
When tackling a difficult decision, a person’s skills and experience will only get them so far. That’s why the best leaders surround themselves with people who offer diverse opinions, complement their abilities, and aren’t afraid to suggest a different approach.
That’s why I strive to foster an environment where I can get the best thinking from my team, hear the best advice from the experts, and make the best decisions for the organization.
Of course, you don’t need to be an executive to make important decisions. Every position comes with critical choices every single day. Here are three ways you can ensure you are always making smart decisions, whatever your role:
1. Surround yourself with people who are different from you.
Legendary entrepreneur and business leader Richard Branson once said, “Don’t be afraid of hiring mavericks. Somebody who thinks a little differently can help to see problems as opportunities and inspire creative energy within a group.”
It’s human nature to gravitate toward people who are similar to you. Yet if you rely on the same types of people all the time, you will never move beyond the status quo.
Diversity is the key to innovation. Seek out people with different backgrounds, different experiences, and different points of view. Then make sure that all these unique perspectives are heard and included in your work. When you foster an environment that embraces and celebrates differences, your team will come up with more creative ideas and better ways of moving forward.
By cultivating a culture of inclusion, where everyone’s experience is valued for the insights they can bring, you’ll have the best information available when the time comes to make a decision.
2. Know what you don’t know.
Hire people smarter than you, and listen to them. Great leaders have to know their strengths, their weaknesses, and how to succeed with both. If you convince yourself you know everything, two things will happen. First, you’ll be wrong. And second, you’ll make the wrong decisions.
So if you’re a leader, don’t feel threatened by experts who are smarter in certain subject areas or better at certain skills. Seek them out! Build a team full of people who complement your skills and fill in your gaps.
3. Say yes to people who can tell you no.
The higher you rise in an organization, the farther you are from the front line. So you need people at every level who have the courage to honestly tell you what’s working and what’s not. And when they disagree with you, they can’t be afraid to say so.
Of course, this is easier said than done. You don’t want to build a combative culture – where people find fault just for the sake of it. Instead, you want to foster a collaborative culture – where everyone feels a shared stake in forging the best path toward success.
When I think of leaders who did this well, I often think of Kelly Johnson, an aviation pioneer and one of Lockheed Martin’s legendary leaders. Nearly every aeronautical breakthrough for half a century had Kelly’s fingerprints on it – in large part because he knew exactly how to bring out the best from his teams.
Kelly would carry around a pocket full of quarters almost everywhere he went. Why? Because he had a standing bet with everyone who worked for him. If they wanted to disagree with him—to offer a better suggestion or a different point of view—Kelly was ready to listen. And if they were right, he would pay up with a quarter.
The act was simple, but the message was clear. A good idea could come from anywhere. Anyone who wanted to speak up would be heard – even if that meant disagreeing with the boss.
It’s been a long time since Kelly Johnson’s day, but we’ve worked to keep those same values alive at Lockheed Martin throughout our history. That’s why we always look for leaders who value diverse teams, who know what they don’t know, and who aren’t afraid to hear the word “no.”
These are three ways I ensure I’m making the best decisions for my organization. I’d love to hear your ideas. Share your thoughts in the comments below.