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“Healthy Leaders Contribute to Healthy Families”
When we create a workplace where people know they’re loved, where everyone brings out the best in each other, and they’re all paid fairly, we go home feeling fulfilled.
Many families struggle with many things. When people know they’re loved at work, they bring some of that love home, and their families get better.
Does that sound like your workplace? If not, how will you get there?
We believe the answer comes through business leaders who take their calling as employers seriously and journey toward God’s definition of success, not only for themselves, but their employees and their families, their customers and vendors, and their local community.
That’s bringing heaven closer to earth, and why we want to invite God into every aspect of our workplace.
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Business Awards, Conference Speaking, Dynamic Business Leadership: that’s how people see me now, but it wasn’t always that way. Click the dates at the right to learn about the evolution of Cohen Woodworking over the years.
A Modern Facility
In 2016, we added 33,250 square foot expansion to our Saint James headquarters, bringing the total square footage of our main facility to 54,250 square feet. Today we have about 75 employees.
In 2004, the company built and moved into a 12,000 square foot facility in the Industrial Park in Saint James, Missouri. This is also when we incorporated under the name Cohen Architectural Woodworking. In 2007, we added another 9,000 square feet to the existing building.
In 1994, we moved to Flemingsburg, Kentucky and built a 2,800 square foot facility. At that point, the name of the business changed to New Dimensions. We made another move to Summersville, Missouri in 1998 and built a 3,200 square foot facility.
A Business is Born
In 1982, I purchased my first business license in Altamont, TN. At that point, the name of the business was Country Woodshop. We built a home with used building materials, moved in and began building cabinets in our 600-square-foot basement.
I started working with wood in 1975 in a neighbor’s barn, building porch swings from walnut, cherry, and cedar. Having grown up in the violent neighborhoods of Chicago in an abusive home and later overcoming drug use/addiction and manic depression, I found woodworking to be therapeutic.
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Building Tips One
Use "Mountain Guides" whenever possible. These aren’t always people with degrees and resumes, but those who have climbed the mountains you're facing for each facet of your business. They’ve been there and done that. Many of these mountain guides are eager to help you for a reasonable fee—sometimes even for free—if you just ask.
Building Tips Two
Approach the Bible experimentally. Your eye doctor will have you cover one eye to read the eye chart. If you’ve been given a churched version of the Bible, try covering your “church eye,” and reading the Bible. You’ll be surprised at the whole world message you’ll receive.
Building Tips Three
For the core part of your business—your service or product—develop an insatiable hunger to learn as much as possible about your line of work. Never lose that hunger.
Building Tips One Four
Don't be surprised if starting or running a business is harder than you ever imagined it would be. And never quit on a bad day. Breathe, read the Bible, take some serious prayer walks, and wait for better days that WILL follow!
Building Tips Five
Structure how you start your day and stick with it. Have a finish line at the end of each day when you can go home to your “other life.” I talk about this in the "Importance of Self-Care" podcast, which you can access here.
Building Tips Six
ALWAYS tell yourself the truth. “If you don’t tell me the truth, life will.” Confusion enters when you're NOT telling yourself the truth about something. Don’t fudge or fizzle the truth. Meet life head-on.
Building Tips Seven
Become as ORGANIZED as you can! If your day-to-day is organized, then you have more energy for spontaneity. Like Jazz music, running a business is a healthy tension between structure and improvisation.
Building Tips Eight
When we hire people, we look at our "Five C's": Character, Competence, Cultural Fit, willingness to take Correction, and Commitment. Use mine or come up with your own. Also, no decisions about employees ever should be made by one person. Always use a team to get you multiple views of the employee.
Building Tips Nine
Consider what makes your organization—or any organization—TOXIC instead of HEALTHY. Make lists of what healthy and toxic organizations do. Stop doing toxic things and start doing healthy things. Ask employees to help create those lists.