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Taking Care of Business: Time to Quit Playing the Blame Game

By John R. Hall
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I was sitting in on a Webcast the other day and people watching were encouraged to maintain a dialogue during the Webcast by posting questions and comments to a moderated board.
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Murphy's Law: Work With Me People

By Mike Murphy
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At a time when both labor and management genuinely want to hold on to what they have, working together has never been more important, nor held such promise.
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Skaer-Tactics: What am I Missing Here?

By Mark Skaer
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Earlier this year, I wrote an editorial proposing that the third day of the Air-Conditioning, Heating, Refrigerating (AHR) Exposition be open to the general public, media, and students. But the idea was voted down.
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Skaer-Tactics: Be Thankful for Plenty

By Mark Skaer
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I am not going to make this long. Reason? I have to watch a turkey in the oven. (If it burns, I am in deep trouble.)
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Powell's Ponderings: More Hotlines Needed

By Peter Powell
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Service Hotline has been one of the longest running components of The NEWS. The question-and-answer format has been popular. The problem is that the well has run dry - we need some new questions.
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Taking Care of Business: The 13-Month Warranty - Not ‘Nice'

By John R. Hall
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Everybody in the world knows about 12-month guarantees because everybody in the world offers them. Be different from your competition by offering a 13-month warranty on products and services.
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Housing Mess = Pent-Up Demand For Your Services

By Tim Fausch
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Earlier this week the U.S. Commerce Department released October stats indicating that new home and apartment construction have dropped to an annual rate of 791,000 units, a 4.5% decrease from September.
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Skaer-Tactics: What's on Energy Efficiency Horizon?

By Mark Skaer
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President-elect Barrack Obama’s transition team has already started its work, and in Congress, new leadership will be elected soon. What can we expect from the new administration and a new Congress on an energy efficiency policy?
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Taking Care of Business: Defining Lack of Knowledge and Ignorance

By John R. Hall
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In the case of HVACR as a career, I believe people are both uninformed and misinformed. We, as a trade, have to address both responses.
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Skaer-Tactics: Better to Learn and Share Than to Complain and Struggle

By Mark Skaer
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According to one association executive, the difference between a profitable contractor and a less-than-profitable one is that the former has a passion for both learning and sharing.
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