Archive for February, 2013

Good Ideas are Common!

Posted: February 27, 2013 in Uncategorized
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Executing on those ideas through to realization is what is rare.

 

These are just my thoughts and I have witnessed it countless times. I would love to hear your thoughts on this.

IWFA Western Regional Conference

Friday, April 19 – Saturday, April 20, 2013

 Location: Sheraton Ontario, CA

The Members Action Committee of the IWFA is holding a two-day conference.

Cost: $29.95 for IWFA members and $79.95 non-member, with a chance to join the IWFA at a reduced rate during the conference only.

Agenda: Friday – IWFA Testing and Accreditation, followed by evening networking event.

Saturday– Hour-long seminars from 7:30 am – 5 pm, covering new CA building code, the financial aspect of running a dealership, marketing, the latest trends, and more. Lunch will be provided.

 Registration Is Now Open: (From the strong response already received, we anticipate a sell-out!)

To obtain conference room rates & reserve your place now contact: info@iwfa.com or 276.666.4932                                                             

This is a very interesting read. While the technology is still in the early stages, it is interesting to dream about how this might effect the window film industry over the course of the next decade or more. One thing is for sure, things are changing fast!

Enjoy the read, Patric

Article by Philippe Crowe

New Energy Technologies, Inc., a developer of see-through solar cells for generating electricity on glass, announced yesterday an improvement in its manufacturing technique that should lead to higher speed, lower costs and greater durability.

Teaming with the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), New Energy Technologies Inc. has developed the use of low-cost materials and a special application technique that could help optimize the movement of electrons within the ultra-thin solar cells. This should increase the amount of electricity produced when New Energy’s see-through SolarWindow prototype is exposed to natural or artificial light.

Importantly, the improvement to the technology can be executed at ambient pressure and low temperatures, allowing researchers to avoid the use of materials that must otherwise be applied using high temperature vacuum deposition. Vacuum deposition is both expensive and time-consuming and, thus, not practical for high speed and large-scale applications. Today’s innovation promotes low processing temperatures, enabling high-speed roll-to-roll (R2R) and sheet-to-sheet (S2S) manufacturing. This large-area, R2R and S2S fabrication capability and improved durability of SolarWindow technology are crucial for production of market-ready electricity-generating coatings on see-through glass and plastic.

While this technology is mostly aimed at residential and commercial buildings, it is not far fetched to imagine this technology used on a car’s sunroof or side windows to help keep the batteries topped up.

Previously, New Energy, with assistance from University of South Florida and NREL, developed important improvements to New Energy’s SolarWindow technology, capable of generating electricity on see-through glass. These improvements include enhancements that address advancing durability, power performance, and cost-effective manufacturability – all important to the eventual commercial deployment of New Energy’s SolarWindow technology.

“Over the past few months, our researchers have unveiled a virtually invisible conductive wiring system, which collects and transports electricity on SolarWindow prototypes, and have fabricated a large area working module, which is more than 14-times larger than previous organic photovoltaic devices fabricated at NREL,” stated John A. Conklin, president and CEO of New Energy Technologies, Inc. “Earlier, we developed our first-ever working SolarWindow prototype using a faster, rapid scale-up process for applying solution-based coatings.

“Together, these achievements have moved us closer to our manufacturing, scale-up, durability, and power production goals – all important factors to advancing our SolarWindow technology towards commercial launch,” Conklin added.

To generate electricity on SolarWindow prototypes, researchers creatively layer and arrange unique, ultra-thin see-through solar cells onto glass. Each of these cells is arranged in a network and interconnected by way of a virtually invisible grid-like wiring system.

Within these ultra-thin solar cells, the light-induced movement of electrons generates electricity. When SolarWindow prototypes are exposed to light, the light’s energy prompts electron movement through specific physical and chemical mechanisms leading to power generation.

Dr. Scott R. Hammond, principal scientist at New Energy Technologies, Inc., believes the discovery announced today could also favorably improve durability and shelf-life of the Company’s future SolarWindow products.

“NREL scientists have previously published unrelated results that demonstrate dramatic improvements to the operational and shelf-life of unprotected (i.e., non-encapsulated) photovoltaic devices utilizing related materials when subjected to continuous illumination,” he said. “No doubt, this is a promising and significant advancement.”

As most of you know, I truly believe that any success at business ultimately lies in one’s ability to build real, trust based relationships with clients, vendors, employees, etc. It’s all about the quality of the relationships. Begin all relationships with an attitude of wanting to help the other party succeed and reach their goals. I have found that if I focus on helping other people achieve their goals; my goals have a way of taking care of themselves.

“It is literally true that you can succeed best and quickest by helping others to succeed.” Napoleon Hill

Have you built this kind of foundation that will bring success your way? Approaching the market this way takes time and effort and is often overlooked. Often today, we want results today, this week and this quarter. While recognizing the demands of the business world, I still contend that you need to think long term in this short term environment.

Sure, you may succeed for a short time by faking sincerity and possibly even violating some of the relationships you have started to build. You may be able to get that order by fluffing the details or over-promising what will occur post sale. However, these tactics will eventually catch up and your true motives will be exposed. This will ruin your relationships, and any trust you may have built, making it more difficult to make the sale in the future. We had a saying when I was in the Navy, “It only takes 1 Oh Sh** to wipe out 100 Atta Boys”. The minute you decide to take a short cut, you will have ruined any goodwill that you had worked so hard to build. Think before you act!

I would encourage you to approach the remainder of 2013 by spending more time building true and sincere relationships with all people associated with your business. Ask yourself and them what you can be doing to help them succeed this year. By doing this, you will be ensuring the long term success of both yourself and your business. Remember, think long term!

I thought some of you might enjoy these principles by Jeremie Kubicek as they discuss ways to begin thinking this way.

Skillful leaders are rare because the principles of leadership are frequently counter-intuitive.

4 counter-intuitive leadership principles:

  1. Talk to them about them.
  2. Gain power by empowering.
  3. Join their team before they join your team.
  4. Talk less, listen more, and others will listen to you.

Have a great 2013!!

Just wanted to share this video. It is well worth the 13 minutes it will take to watch it.

I spent a bunch of time in Detroit about 8 years ago and it is shocking how fast that city has went down hill. Even if you do not agree with the ideas expressed in the video, it is scary to think that something like this can happen in any city. We need to ask ourselves how proposed initiatives and programs will play out in the long run. One of my resolutions for the new year is to be more informed about all the local initiatives and understand how they may effect where I live 5, 10 or 20 years down the road.

Just something to think about.

Wow!! What an eye opening video about how the world is changing rapidly. Does this information excite you?….Frighten you?…Both? I would love to hear your thoughts after watching.

To many of you, this post is going to seem as obvious as me sharing that 1+1=2. However, I am still amazed at how many businesses fail to realize that social media has changed the game and how that change effects them.

We all know the old saying about word of mouth marketing. A happy customer tells two people while an unhappy customer tells 20 people. With social media and the tools available today, those numbers are multiplied exponentially. The results of this exponential sharing can be either beneficial or detrimental to your business.

On the negative side, an unhappy customer would be able to easily reach 500 or more people with news about their bad experience with your company. The power of a bad review posted on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or Yelp can be far reaching. Not only will their direct connections see it, their connections may decide to share it with their friends. In this age where anyone can share an experience quickly from the phone in their pocket, it is more imperative than ever that you take steps to keep your clients satisfied.

Now, on the positive side, a satisfied customer can easily use these same tools to reach people with news of how thrilled they are with the service or product they received. What makes this even more powerful is the fact that the content will have been shared by someone that the recipient knows personally. As a result, these positive posts can be more valuable than any advertisement you can buy.

This momentum potential, positive or negative, of a single customer interaction would not have been possible just a few years ago.The emergence of social media and mobile technology has made great customer service and the creation of positive momentum of paramount importance. The penalties for getting this wrong can be devastating and the reward for getting it right can be unbelievable.

What are you doing to make sure you get the positive momentum today?