Tales Of A Fourth Generation Textile Executive: Baby Steps For Quilts, Inc.

Before I say anything of such immense importance (you know how I roll), I wanted to wish you a very Merry Christmas.  I hope all your wishes come true and Santa brings you all the gifts that you asked for.  I hope a couple people actually have a moment to step away from the eggnog to read this blog.  Speaking of which, I don’t think I have ever even tried eggnog. Maybe that will go on my bucket list for 2017.

Anyway, back to the topic at hand.  I have been in withdrawal lately.  From what you might be wondering? Come on and get your mind out of the gutter!  I am not that kind of guy. In any case, I have been in withdrawal from blogging about Quilts, Inc. and the Quilt Market conundrum.  So here goes.

I was utterly shocked to have received an email recently from:  Quilt Market & Festival.  The email read:

A BIG thank you for being a part of our shows this year!  Wishing you a MERRY CHRISTMAS and the HAPPIEST OF HOLIDAYS!

This is progress as I don’t recall ever getting an email like this from Quilts, Inc.  Perhaps they are trying to get in touch with their customers. Or maybe they are realizing that they need to be a little nicer.  In either case, hopefully this is the first of much progress to come in 2017 because you all know that we need it.  Fingers crossed!  Or maybe not.  We will have to see.

On a personal note, I wanted to thank all my blog readers for being so loyal.  I hope that I have been able to keep you fabricly entertained throughout 2016.  I hope that you continue to hang in there with me in 2017 as I know things are going to get C-R-A-Z-Y like this industry!


Studioe Scott

Tales of a Fourth Generation Textile Executive: Yes!

(reposted from Studioe Fabrics)

As I recently promised, I am going to recycle some of my older favorite blogs.  This is great because, as the year winds down, I am running out of subject matter to discuss.  But really, I am just getting too tired and absolutely cannot wait for Christmas vacation.  I too get tired.  All that being said, this is a great blog to get you thinking about changes for 2017. Maybe it is time to turn in to a Yes (man or woman). No!  No!  No!  That dirty little word has be driving me crazy lately because I have been hearing way too much of it from people that should be saying YES!  YES!  YES!  I am hearing this from suppliers, vendors, publishers, employees, reps and so many others.  I just don’t get it.  I am not sure if the people are just being lazy or that it is just their nature, but from me, I can promise you a YES!  99% of the time.

What kind of business practice would it be to say NO?  A stupid one in my opinion.  The thing that bothers me even more is that when I ask “why not?” the answer is really nothing more than a really lame excuse.  I could live with a legitimate excuse.  I am not big on excuses though and typically ignore them because all they are is excuses.  So in my quest for yes answers, I relentlessly press the NO-sayers to try to get them to a yes answer.  I end up hearing more excuses and it makes me consider whether I want to continue to do business with a NOer (someone who always says NO!).  Who really needs it when I can probably easily find someone else that will say yes without a fight?

I frequently get calls, emails and letters with all sorts of requests and like I said, 99% of the time I say yes.  To say yes is rewarding.  People are sometimes shocked at the lengths I will go to in order to make something happen.  But this is an amazing quality and this will make people want to continue to work with me and continue to do business with my family of companies.  You would truly be surprised how often I get thank you emails, calls and letters.  People even stop me at quilt market and say, “you were so kind to have done so and so.”

Without harping on my successes of being a yes man, I have one simple request:  stop saying no! and start saying YES!  YES! YES!  You too will be thanking me as it is never too late to turn over a new and simple leaf like this one.  You will be proud you did.  Am I right or what?

Yes Man Scott & Studioe