Building bridges

We’ve got to get better at promoting our industry’s unique selling points, says Steve Napieralski, president at Oz Lifting. We share much in common with other industries, but we should focus more on what sets us apart. Lifting is different – better, even -than many sectors despite the fact that it continues to stay under […]

26/09/2023 - 14:15 pm

Rowing the Boat

The best leaders can keep people heading in the same direction, even when the tide turns, but finding them isn’t easy, says Doug Stitt, president and CEO at The Caldwell Group Inc.   ‘Row, row, row your boat Gently down the stream…’ The trouble is, happily rowing down gentle streams ain’t business. It is sometimes, […]

01/08/2023 - 16:49 pm

Can you do the Robot?

There remains a place for individuals to shine, even in the new world, and especially in the lifting industry, says Joel Cox, in his final column before #GLAD2023.   Things are markedly different to when Dancing Machine was released by the Jackson 5 in 1974. The quintet made famous the robot-style dance, which they performed […]

04/07/2023 - 15:21 pm

Look who’s talking

A team’s ability to have respectful, meaningful conversations is a cornerstone of healthy company culture, says Steve Napieralski, president at Oz Lifting. If you read this magazine’s recent ProMat review, you’d have seen an interview with Parker Hale, inside sales specialist at my company, in which he reflected on his first trade fair appearance. “Wow,” […]

23/05/2023 - 17:15 pm

Statement of origin

‘Made in…’ can be a great stamp of quality and acceptance, but there must be value to support it, says Doug Stitt, president and CEO at The Caldwell Group Inc. Walk the aisles of a trade show like ProMat, which was took place in Chicago, just a few weeks ago, and you’ll see and hear […]

25/04/2023 - 15:08 pm

O&M Energy

Operations and maintenance programming seems to be more important in some markets than others, which is exposed when implementing cross-industry strategy, says Joel Cox. As I spend time with stakeholders in various markets, I’m reminded of the constant need to share knowledge that drives continued improvement of industry best practices. At the time of writing, […]

28/03/2023 - 15:42 pm

Flood defences

Honesty remains the best policy, even though people seem more prepared than ever to give the truth scope, observes Steve Napieralski, president at Oz Lifting. Someone was talking to me the other day about sandbagging, a policy of lowering expectations to go above and beyond them when the results are delivered. I’ve also heard countless […]

14/02/2023 - 16:50 pm

Solutions marketing

You can’t lift a load with a logo, says Doug Stitt, president and CEO at The Caldwell Group Inc. We’re all susceptible to marketing messages, especially in the consumer sector, where movie stars can convince you that wearing the same fragrance as them can make you appear as cool, visually appealing, or successful. Clothing companies, […]

20/12/2022 - 13:46 pm

Harnessing Knowledge

Is it important to keep energising and challenging a team with new learning, as a recent safety course reminded Joel Cox of the Dellner Bubenzer Group. There’s something about being suspended in a harness that focusses the mind. Only when reliant upon a safety system is true perspective really gained about how vital it is […]

22/11/2022 - 13:24 pm

Innovators only

New products lift us up and we must show a constant bias towards innovation, says Steve Napieralski, president at Oz Lifting.   You’ll hear it said a lot at my company, “I’m just thinking aloud here…”. And I like to see it. Innovation is a cornerstone of growth, but a business can’t continue to innovate […]

27/09/2022 - 14:20 pm

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LHI September 2023

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