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LAST WORD

THOMAS FOREMAN

BSIA PRESIDENT

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his magazine's theme is innovation. Business innovation is when an
organization introduces new processes, services or products to effect
positive change in its business. This can include improving existing

methods or practices or starting with a blank sheet.
What we have witnessed in our industry since March 13 when we were faced
with the "new reality" is the epitome of crisis innovation. Our business owners,
leaders, managers and staff were faced with a chaotic crisis at work and at
home. The adrenaline rush forced innovation, removing old business barriers
that would have taken years to overcome and things changed at home just as
quickly. It was a chaotic time. The statement, "This is the way we have always
done it," was quickly replaced with, "This is the new way we do things."
The Chinese word for "crisis" (simplified Chinese:

Chinese:

; traditional

; pinyin: wēijī, wéijī) is, in Western popular culture, frequently but

incorrectly said to be composed of two Chinese characters signifying "danger"
and "opportunity." This translation was popularized by John F. Kennedy and he
used it to emphasize that where there is a crisis, there is also an opportunity.
Being able to see through the fog of uncertainty is a real gift and to keep your
composure when others are panicking is an even bigger challenge.
I remember being in a small boat years ago and we got caught in some
heavy seas. I was at the helm, navigating through the swells and doing fine,
until I looked behind and saw my two crewmen crouched at the back of the
boat, holding onto their life jackets. I could see the fear in their eyes. Up to
that point in time I was OK, but their fear really made me very anxious. Hey, we
survived, and I took a lot of guff from the boys about being fearless and taking
unsafe chances. They were fearful and I caught the same fear when I saw them.
I have always said that the sign of a true leader is their ability to manage in
chaos (mess, turmoil, confusion) and not being influenced by all the chatter,
noise and chaos around them. Your leadership is important to those that look
up to you and, in times of trouble, we all need to have leadership and direction
to help us keep focused.
These are challenging times and there will be more challenges ahead. We
have all learned important lessons that we can teach and share with others.
I am excited about our future and how we will manage to adapt and change.
I am also thankful for the staff and leaders in our association that have pitched
in and helped us pivot and implement new programs such as our weekly
business updates, our online learning programs and recently our Look & Learn
Online Conference.
Our association will continue to adapt to the changing circumstances, and
we will provide leadership and direction to our members and industry with
the help and encouragement from leaders that are willing to step forward and
participate.
Thank you, be safe and get involved.

Thomas Foreman

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CHAIR’S MESSAGE
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
BSIA NEWS AND EVENTS
MEMBER NEWS
IN MEMORIAM
BSIA 2021 WAVE OF THE FUTURE
COVID-19 ACCELERATES THE PACE OF CHANGE IN THE BUILDING MATERIALS INDUSTRY
THE BUILDING MATERIALS INDUSTRY IS GOING GREEN
PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE: LAST WORD
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BUILDING SUPPLY INDUSTRY ASSOCIATION - Winter 2020 - BSIA NEWS AND EVENTS
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BUILDING SUPPLY INDUSTRY ASSOCIATION - Winter 2020 - BSIA 2021 WAVE OF THE FUTURE
BUILDING SUPPLY INDUSTRY ASSOCIATION - Winter 2020 - COVID-19 ACCELERATES THE PACE OF CHANGE IN THE BUILDING MATERIALS INDUSTRY
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