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performance and behavior issues immediately. "I would
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things off and let things fester, and when you do that you 4c
can create a false story in your own mind about something
or someone. I've learned from those mistakes so I'm now
finding ways to hold myself accountable for communicating
quickly and honestly with others when there are issues."
Despite being in a stable position after the two and a half
year transition, Baum knows that he'll face more tests in the
future. "Running a business can be grueling," he said. "But
I'm definitely better prepared because of the connections
I've made, the mentors I've gained, the support of my family
and, most importantly, the love of my girlfriend, Rebecca,
who really saw me through it all."
Start your business on
a solid foundation.
Baum believes that the best way to run a business is by
mixing realism with a dose of optimism, and by building
sustainable relationships-both internally and externally.
"This results in employees that are empowered, vendors that
are engaged, and customers that feel our business is an
extension of their own," he said. "By doing this, we ultimately
drive innovation and profitability for all companies involved,
as a team. Plus, it's hell of a lot more fun this way!" LT
BY ALISON VAN HARSKAMP,
Director, Corporate Communications and
Public Relations, Armstrong Flooring
Contact Alison at
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do with that failure that makes
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We'd like to thank Casey Baum for sharing his story
of adversity and persistency. Baum sums it up best,
"I realized in that moment that if the situation could
improve I had a responsibility to make it happen."
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