Well, hello current and new blog readers of the Taylor Fencing blog! It’s been a minute or two since we’ve conversed with you. The holidays took place and we really hope that they were the best for you. They were wonderful for us – a great opportunity to just unplug, be with family and indulge a little bit. When we talk about indulging, we’re talking about recipes like this, drinks like this, and in general – just focusing on what matters. What matters, you might ask? Our core values will never change and what matters is things like our families and important relationships, knowing when to relax and recharge, and equally important – how to relax and recharge. This can mean a bunch of different things to different people and the Taylor Fencing team respects and appreciates that. You may relax and recharge by simply taking a nap. You may relax and recharge by conquering a creative project that has been on your radar for a while. It doesn’t matter what the answer is, as long as you did – and continue to do – things for you.
While it might have been tough to slowly move into the New Year, (we know that you can feel a little bit sluggish these first few weeks back into the mix of work and general real-world activities), it’s time. And the Taylor Fencing team is excited to greet 2021 head on. There were a lot of learnings from the previous year, not all of them great, and not all of them that had to do directly with the Taylor Fencing team (cough, cough COVID-19 and everything else that was going on). We’re resilient. We not only survived, we thrived and we’ll continue to do the same in this trip around the sun. How are we going to do that?
We’re going to focus on what’s important. There are many different ways to interpret that and the Taylor Fencing team knows that. We’re going to focus on each other, we’re going to focus on the work that we’re so prolific at completing and we’re going to focus on you. There is nothing more important than those three things for us, so we’re just going to get creative about where we achieve success in those three spaces.
First up – us. No company succeeds if they don’t love and appreciate each other. In the past year, we’ve seen examples of companies who excelled in this space and conversely – examples of companies who haven’t. When you don’t appreciate each other, and even more so- support each other, there’s no way that any business model can succeed in the long run. It’s easy for us as a family-run company. We know each other so well. We know the small quirks that will drive each other nuts (and don’t get us wrong, sometimes we do leverage these), but we know the behaviors we can have that bolster up our teammates and push them to do their very best work. That’s only going to become a continued behavior in the coming year. It’s so satisfying. To see a teammate, feel proud of the work that they’ve completed, because we were able to propel them and then properly celebrate them. This is incomparably important to us and always will be. Here’s to working on it even harder in 2021.
Phew. That’s us. Now on to the work. We’ve become the best in the business and the best in the areas that we operate in because of a few things. We’re careful, we’re strategic, we’re creative and we’re always, always learning. If you meet a contractor wanting to build you the very best fence or gate around and they think that they don’t have room to grow as a company – run. It is not (in our humble opinions) any sort of shortcoming to admit that you want to continue to learn. Materials available in the market are going to change, not just year-over-year, but even month-over-month. We celebrate when we attend a trade event or read a new article in a magazine. We most likely immediately reach out to each other and say, “hey! I learned about something new. Let’s convene and see if it makes sense for our company and our customers.” There is no shame in this and it drives us to continue to beat our best. Look for us to continue to operate this way in the coming weeks, months and years.
Lastly, but most importantly, let’s talk about you. Let’s talk about the reason that we got into the business in the first place – the mission to provide our current and prospective customers the very best fences and gates possible. As we’ve said before on the blog, our job does not end when we get off the phone with you. It doesn’t end when we head home for the day after an installation and it doesn’t end the second that you feel the work has been completed. Nope. We want to follow up. We want to help with repairs if you need them further down the line. If you have questions about how to care for your fence or gate, we want to be the first people that you call. Moreover, we want to be your confidantes for all home-related questions. When you work at the level that the Taylor Fencing team does, you work on so many different types of homes and properties that you see all sorts of things. That means that we can answer more questions than you can imagine. And we want you to feel comfortable calling us. We will always feel that way, but this year, we’re going to be faster at responding to questions and we’re going to provide an even broader variety of informative articles right here on the Taylor Fencing blog. This isn’t just our passion project; it should serve as a one-stop-shop for you.
Happy New Year. Let’s make it the best one yet.