How True Business Leaders Think

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Throughout history, there have been countless debates on the nature of true business leaders. True business leaders have a different way of thinking, a different approach than that of the regular employee. One can say this about any true leader in any industry, and any walk of life.

True business leaders think of the future slightly more than they think of the present. They are goal-oriented and prioritize the achievement of that goal more than anything else. If there’s a target that needs to be hit, they plot the quickest, most efficient way to hit that target. Like chess masters, they plan their moves way ahead of time. They think of the possible scenarios and what could go wrong, and plan for it as well.

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True business leaders consider their subordinates a great deal, but not in the way most people think. It really doesn’t matter to business leaders what those under them may think of them. It’s infinitely more important how their subordinates think of the job. Though true business leaders know how to strike a balance between management and labor, they also know when to say no to their subordinates.

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How Paint Protects The House

Paint has a very huge influence in the total package of an American home. It’s an expression of ownership when one gets to decide what color to use on virtually any surface of the house. Undoubtedly, the obvious purpose lies in its visual effect. However, paint serves a number of other protective purposes, too.

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Paint deflects the heat of the sun. This adds a lot of years to the walls and roof of your house, as exposure to the direct glare of the sun can chip away at your home’s longevity. Too much heat expands matter, and this process of expansion and contraction will wear down your home faster, if not for the paint.

Nowadays, paint is manufactured with other materials which deter natural threats. There are many elements in nature that can prove to be unsightly on any nicely painted surface. Moss and ivy colonize walls which are not painted. These tend to remove the moisture off the walls and destroy their stability. Another culprit, most especially on roofs, is bird droppings. These have a significant amount of uric acid content which can speed up degradation in metals.

Brightly colored paints also allow the sun to come in and shine its light on places that are not easy to reach directly. This adds to the total look and feel of the inside of a house, but also deters fungi. This protects the family from unwanted diseases.

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Paint makes structures aesthetically pleasing. But with these benefits, it can make your home a much safer place, too.

Steve Silvers, the former CEO of Empire Today, now runs Paint Squad, an innovative painting company based in Los Angeles, California. For more resources on paint, visit this page.

Optimal Primers: Selection Considerations For Different Surfaces

The primary job of a coating of primer is to ensure the adhesion of the final coat of paint into the surface. A primer penetrates and smoothens out the porosity of an unpainted surface and creates an area better suited for the paint. In addition, some primers also contain ingredients designed to preserve the topcoat and the underlying surface being painted. A good primer is so effective that the only place where paint would need to be re-applied is where the paint and primer have both started to chip off.

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Not all primers are created equal. Much like topcoat paint, primers can be composed of water-, oil-, and shellac. The fast-drying water-based (or latex) primers are the most common and can handle a variety of surfaces such as drywall, softwood, and masonry. Former standard, oil-based primers are still preferred as paint for hardwood surfaces, as they can hide stains. Shellac-based primers are excellent at preventing water damage.

The composition of many primer coatings is optimized to meet the needs of a specific material. Wood primers, for instance, are formulated to resist the leaching of tannic acid from the woods, while metal primers resist oxygen to prevent corrosion. The age of the material often also influences the type of primer needed.

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Moreover, a primer by itself cannot always adequately prepare a surface for paint, especially if the final coat would have a glossy finish. Careful cleaning and patching with caulk would be required to smoothen adequately the surface and fill in gaps, while a primer and sealer would provide the finishing touches.

Steve Silvers, former CEO of Empire Today, currently heads Paint Squad, a company offering top-notch painting services for commercial and residential clients. For more updates on painting spaces, visit this page.

Rethinking Popular Color Clichés For Interior Spaces

Using what works is a good strategy when deciding on the color scheme of an interior space. The interior can come off as monotonous and incredibly cliché, however, if it were applied throughout the home. Moreover, homes can end up looking incredibly trite if their occupants default to the same shades used by everyone else, turning their residence into a functional carbon copy of many other properties.

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Variety is the spice of life, and in interior decorating, a few nonconforming deviations here and there can help put details into sharp focus and make the home truly stand out and feel unique.

First of the clichés often found in interior decorating is uniformity. Frequently a lot of homes and apartments have rooms all in one color, which emphasizes this trite trend of spaces looking alike. Having a room’s walls be a single, solid color works quite well in most instances, but overuse of it could cause the entire home to look and feel identical to every other house, particularly if it happens to use the same (often inoffensively neutral) shade the others use.

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This monotony can be broken simply by choosing vastly contrasting color palette for the other rooms of the house. Contrasting colors can even be used in the same room. The homeowner shouldn’t be afraid to break with convention and use more vibrant (if still harmonious) hues.

Even the most creative variation can become an incredibly trite cliché if overused. A unique improvement such as an accent wall in one space shouldn’t be used in all spaces just because.

Steve Silvers, former CEO of Empire Today, is the founder of Paint Squad, which delivers quality residential and commercial painting services to clients in the greater Los Angeles area. For more updates on interior painting, visit this blog.

Construction Defects that Need Quality Home Improvement

There is nothing more exhilarating for prospective home owners than finding their homes. But even during this exciting period in their lives, prospective home owners need to be vigilant, and should thoroughly inspect the home they plan to buy. Here are a few construction defects that could require some fixing once they move in:

Window sills

It’s critical to check the ends of window sills. If by some unfortunate coincidence, windows weren’t assembled properly, leaks could occur during the rainy season. This could lead to more damaged areas inside the house.

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Roof panels

Just like windows, if roof panels aren’t installed correctly, and there are spaces between these panels, the inside of the house could be exposed to damage. Panel installations need to be tight and connected. Loose membranes could lead to leaks which may form puddles in attics, or even worse, cause short circuits if any electrical wires are exposed.

Drainage systems

Ignoring problems with a house’s drainage system could prove very costly. Not only can this wreak havoc on a basement, but long-term, it could even deal a blow to the house’s foundation.

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Electrical wires

Circuit breakers, wall sockets, and the like should all be checked. Houses that are made almost solely of wooden materials may face extremely dangerous consequences if electrical wires are defective. Professional technicians should be hired for this job.

Steve Silvers is the former CEO of Empire Today, who now uses his experience to run Paint Squad, a home improvement company that offers quality service to clients. Discover more about Steve Silvers and Paint Squad by subscribing to this channel.