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Why overworking your employees almost always backfires

It's a narrative most people have become all too familiar with during the last several years: more work for fewer people that are getting paid less. Some business owners considered this a godsend -- "Hey, we can get more done for less money!" The smart ones realized that's not sustainable in the long term, as unhappy employees did poorer quality ...

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Boating’s lost week

A recent study from GfK Public Affairs (h/t to NMMA) caught my eye earlier this week. The key takeaway is what they're calling "America's Lost Week." Over the last 15 years, the average American has gone from taking more than 20 days of vacation to 16. This is a big deal for boating because we know that we're in a ...

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Top 100 lessons: Texas Marine’s Business Development Center

We're deep into Top 100 evaluations at Boating Industry, and as always, there are some great ideas here from these top dealers. We'll share plenty more of these in the December issue of Boating Industry, but I was impressed by one I saw this week in Texas Marine's application. The three-location dealership was facing a problem many growing dealers do: ...

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Top 100 competition heating up

It's Top 100 deadline day here at Boating Industry, so applications are rolling in. It makes for a hectic, but fun day. And I get to feel a little powerful handing out those deadline extensions! The great news is that we've got lots of new companies coming in this year and it looks like applications will be up again for ...

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Rising lake levels and rising spirits in Texas

I spent most of last week in Texas visiting several companies, meeting with dealers and manufacturers. (You can check out some of the photos on our Facebook page.) From Dallas to Abilene to Austin, one thing every company had in common was a feeling of optimism. Whether it was Tige Boats increasing production to keep up with demand or dealers ...

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The growing importance of mobile for email, sales

A new study from Movable Ink shows that consumers are not only using their mobile devices for accessing email, they're more likely to take action based on those emails. The study was based on 1.5 billion emails in the first quarter of 2015. Some of the key takeaways: 67 percent of emails were opened on a mobile device -- 50.1 ...

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ABC is just the beginning

Last week, hundreds of industry representatives gathered in Washington, D.C., for the annual American Boating Congress. It's a great chance to hear from policymakers and elected officials, as well as have our voices heard. While it'd be great to have thousands of industry stakeholders descend on Washington for the legislative conference and hill visits, it can be tough to take ...

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Lowe Boats uses pool program to drive improvement

Coming up in our June issue, you'll find our latest trends taking a look at the freshwater fishing boat segment. As part of that article, I talked to David Kirkland, vice president at Lowe Boats and as often happens with interviews, there's plenty of good stuff that'll never make the pages of the magazine. One of those items was the ...

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