News from the Construction Suppliers Association

January 11, 2017

CSA Launching Users Groups for BisTrack and Spruce

Jim Moody

By Jim Moody, CAE
CSA President

I mentioned in the last issue of Framework (and I KNOW you read every word) that we were beginning a technology initiative in 2017. Part of the initiative is to convene users groups for some of the newer POS platforms. Specifically, we are ready to announce details for our BisTrack and Spruce users groups.

Please note: We  are not endorsing these products or even intending to convey that these products are better than anything else. We simply have enough dealers on these platforms to give us critical mass for a users group. If we see demand for a group on a different platform, we will start a users group for them as well.

We actually ran a pilot test for BisTrack last year with a lot of success. We also learned a couple of things to make the programs better.  READ MORE

New Administration, Congress Plan Ambitious Agenda for 2017

By Ben Gann
NLBMDA Director of Government Affairs

The start of 2017 begins with a new Congress and Donald Trump set to be inaugurated as the 45th President of the United States. Republicans control both legislative chambers and the executive branch for the first time in 10 years.

House Republican leaders have planned an aggressive agenda in Trump's first year as president, and are looking at repealing Obama-era regulations, reforming the tax code, making major changes to the Affordable Care Act, and passing an infrastructure spending package. House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) has compared the 2017 House schedule to the one in 1994 when Republicans were very active after taking control of the lower chamber for the first time in 40 years.  READ MORE

2017 Georgia Legislative Session Preview

Katie RobertsBy Katie Base Roberts
Director of Governmental Affairs

Fiveash Stanley, Inc.

Legislature Convened Monday
The 2017 Georgia General Assembly convened Monday, Jan. 9, and will last forty working days, typically stretching into early spring.  Although they do not face reelection this year, lawmakers have little interest in lingering in Atlanta longer than necessary.  Delays may be unavoidable, however, as the political overhaul in Washington, D.C., is certain to impact Georgia's budget process.

During the first week, lawmakers will meet through Thursday, ticking off four largely ceremonial legislative days.  Although the House and Senate remain comfortably under Republican majority, each chamber will swear-in new members from both parties.  Since the beginning of the 2015 session, the legislature has experienced a turnover rate of nearly 30 percent. READ MORE

Critical Things Confident People Won't Do

By Travis Bradberry, President

In The Empire Strikes Back, when Yoda is training Luke to be a Jedi, he demonstrates the power of the Force by raising an X-wing fighter from a swamp. Luke mutters, "I don't believe it." Yoda replies, "That is why you fail."

As usual, Yoda was right -- and science backs him up. Numerous studies have proved that confidence is the real key to success.

True confidence is very different from egotistical swagger. When people believe in themselves and their abilities without bravado, there are certain things they simply don't do.    READ MORE

5 Things That Make Bosses Look Really Unprofessional

By Peter Economy
The Leadership Guy

Even though bosses usually are the ones who run the show, there are things even bosses do that can make them look very unprofessional--sometimes even causing their employees to resent them for their behavior.

Here are 5 things bosses do that make them look really unprofessional. If you're a leader, then be careful that you're not doing these things yourself.

1. Lack of decisiveness
When a leader can't decide which way to go, how can the rest of his team know how to follow? Employees will definitely respect leaders who are decisive and who aren't always changing their minds--especially over big, important decisions that require a fair amount of thought. Have a game plan set in stone before proposing action to the rest of your team--it definitely makes any leader look more professional.       READ MORE

Top 10 Toughest HR Questions: Asked and Answered

By Susan M. Heathfield
Blogger at

Regular emails from readers ask hundreds of questions each year. Patterns emerge about the toughest situations you face in your organizations. These are the ten toughest, but most frequent, questions you send my way. I've written a how-to piece to answer each question you’ve asked. These articles address and answer your toughest questions.

  • How to Deal with a Negative Coworker: Negativity Matters
  • How to Implement Strategic Planning: Vision Statement, Mission Statement, Values
  • When Management Systems Fail: Why Employees Don't Do What You Want Them to Do
  • How Do You Know When It's Time for You to Go?
  • Personal Courage and Conflict Resolution at Work
  • Bad to the Bone: Dealing with a Bad Boss or Bad Managers

See the answers to these topics and more.  READ MORE


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