News from the Construction Suppliers Association

April 24, 2019

Bits and Pieces

Jim Moody PhotoBy Jim Moody, CAE
CSA President

Good News on Health Insurance
You may have read in the popular media that a court struck down President Trump’s executive order allowing Association Health Plans. You probably are aware that we are trying to put together an Association Health Plan. The good news for us is that the provision we are under was not struck down. We are still full-steam ahead.

Association Health Plans (or, AHPs for short) allow members of an association to come together to form one large group for pricing purposes. The group can cross state lines, and more than one plan can be offered. While it’s possible to do this on a self-insured basis, what we are looking at is fully insured. That means no joint and several liability, and no risk of assessments if the plan fails. All of that sounds good, but there’s a catch. You have to find an insurance company willing to take you on as a group.


HR Webinar Scheduled for May; Topic is Effective Interviewing

Mark your calendars! CSA will present a webinar to help you become a more effective interviewer on May 23 at 1 p.m. EDT (2 p.m. CDT).

After attending this webinar, you will have a solid understanding of:

  • Laws that pertain to interview questions
  • What to ask and what not to ask
  • Volunteered information
  • Consistency
  • How to prepare for and conduct an interview

Yeva Clark will present the webinar, but you might see Katie's name on the confirmation since she's organizing it. We look forward to having you join us!


Spring Weather: Protect What Matters Most

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Winter has passed, along with its associated hazards. Even though the sun has started shining longer and the birds are chirping, now isn’t the time to let your guard down. Spring comes with its own set of risks.

Threats to homes and businesses vary depending on location, but storms are a threat to every region of the country. Lightning can cause power outages or start fires. Heavy rainfall can inundate waterways and drainage systems, resulting in flash flooding. Tornadoes can rip through communities, injuring or killing people, and causing severe damage to property.

The unexpected nature of many of these events often prevents residents and business owners from protecting their property. But there are a number of measures that will help you get through a sudden disaster and protect what’s most important: your employees, families, and friends.


6 Ways to Delegate More Effectively

By Harvey Mackay
Founder, MackayMitchell Envelope Co.

“The surest way for an executive to kill himself is to refuse to learn how, and when, and to whom to delegate work,” said James Cash Penney, founder of the J.C. Penney retail chain.   

When you grow, you have to know when to let go. You have to know when to delegate down so you can rise up. I’ve learned that people will seldom let you down if they understand that your destiny is in their hands, and vice versa.

The inability to delegate properly is the main reason that executives fail. But managers often mistake delegation for passing off work. So they don't do it--and they wind up wasting their time as well as the company’s time and resources.


How Successful People Handle Toxic People

By Travis Bradberry

Toxic people defy logic. Some are blissfully unaware of the negative impact that they have on those around them, and others seem to derive satisfaction from creating chaos and pushing other people’s buttons. Either way, they create unnecessary complexity, strife, and worst of all stress.

Studies have long shown that stress can have a lasting, negative impact on the brain. Stress is a formidable threat to your success—when stress gets out of control, your brain and your performance suffer.


Buffet & Gates Agree on the Best Business Book Ever

By David Neagle, Contributor

Behind every successful entrepreneur is a list of books that have helped them navigate the intricacies of running a business and living a victorious life.

While more recent books like Phil Knight’s Shoe Dog, Ray Dalio’s Principles and Simon Sinek’s Start with Why stand out as a few favorites of top CEOs, Warren Buffett and Bill Gates agree that the best business book of all time was written 50 years ago.

When the two billionaires first met back in 1991, Gates asked Buffett to recommend his favorite business book. Without missing a beat, the Berkshire Hathaway CEO answered: Business Adventures by John Brooks, then said he would send his copy to Gates.

“More than two decades after Warren lent it to me — and more than four decades after it was first published — Business Adventures remains the best business book I’ve ever read. John Brooks is still my favorite business writer,” Gates wrote in his blog back in 2014. (He cheekily added, “And Warren, if you’re reading this, I still have your copy.”)

Click below for a summary of the essential life lessons in Business Adventures.


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