For the past decade we have looked forward to Linda Case’s column in Remodeling Magazine. She retired last month after 35 years in the industry. We want to share her final lessons of life and business:
* The more you open up, the more vulnerable you allow yourself to be, the harder people will work to help you.
* The right answers come from asking the right questions.
* Play to your strengths and hire to your weaknesses.
* Sharing solutions means you’ll avoid reinventing the wheel. Give one idea, get 10 back.
* Great power and leadership and friendship lie in humility.
* Success comes one third from having a great idea or concept. The other two thirds comes from the execution.
* Companies that succeed build great teams and trust them to help govern. Nothing beats a brain trust working on your behalf.
* Feedback — from your staff, your clients, your peers — is the breakfast of champions.
And last but not least …
* Never get behind a large group of remodelers in the buffet line!