August 2019

NEWS & NOTES FROM BIG CREEK LUMBER

Tools, Tips and Information from our business to yours – Building better business together!


Jeremy Baker, Yard Foreman in Paso Robles

How long have you worked at Big Creek? I have been working for Big Creek for 20 years 5 days today.

What is your favorite part of working for Big Creek? My favorite part is coming in each day with a gazillion things that need to get done and being able to dispatch and delegate to my team members and making sure that everything gets complete and our customers are satisfied.

What’s your favorite product that we sell? I used to like the smell of cedar. Now that I have been here for twenty years I noticed that I can’t smell the lumber anymore. So my favorite product would be engineered beams.

What do you like to do for fun?  I am a Beach Bum. I surf with my son on a daily basis. And enjoy every aspect of the beach.


Market Report

Green Douglas Fir market saw higher prices in July, look for prices to stay firm to up in August.

Western Plywood and OSB markets both were flat and will probably stay flat through August.


How to Delegate Better and Become a Great Leader

By John Boitnott

Stop me if you’ve heard this one before: You need to delegate if you want to be a more effective leader.

Delegating to the right people is important to entrepreneurs and business owners for many reasons. Yes, it saves you time that you can then spend on more high-value tasks. However, that’s not the only reason proper delegation is so important in running a business. It also prepares employees for promotion and bigger responsibilities.

If you want to help your key team members reach their goals, advance in their careers and provide more value to your company, it’s essential to learn to delegate like a boss.

  1. Understand what’s holding you back from delegating now. 

Frequently, micromanaging bosses shy away from delegating due to fear that the job won’t be done “right,” or a belief that it will take longer to explain than to simply do it yourself.

Effective delegation may require a bit more time and attention up front. But, that’s how we all learn new skills — by repetition and practice. Once the employee learns how to handle that task efficiently, the investment pays off in more time and space for you, as well as enhanced productivity for your company.

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