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Metal Construction Professionals Making Selections

About two months ago I wrote an MCN article titled Metal Wall Comparisons that charted important criteria for four types of metal wall panels: single skin panels, insulated metal panels, aluminum composite material panels and metal composite material panels.

It was unlike any feature article I've written. Because it was in a columnar format, we referred to it as a "charticle." Its ultimate purpose is to assist readers in better selecting the best metal wall panel for a specific application. Selecting metal wall panels is a big decision, one you should make only with important information gathering.

The article got me thinking about the importance of making selections and the processes we take to do so-both in metal construction and in life. On a daily basis we are surrounded by selections, both simple and serious, and personally and professionally.

Here are four strategies that a psychology college professor of mine gave our class to assist us in making selections.

Accept that you can't have it all

Selections force us to close the door on other possibilities, small ones and big ones. You can't possibly have it all. And there will be paths not taken, building components not chosen, experiences not encountered. Visit the "what if" scenario if you must, but do not invite it to take up space in your gray matter.

More thinking is not always better thinking

It's often good to think through your selection. But don't overdo it. Research can reach a point of diminishing returns, confusing more than clarifying. Many good selections can be made based as much on intuition as on meticulous assessment of endless data.

Don't defer decisions endlessly

Yes, there is a time to put off making a selection. Perhaps you need more information. Maybe you wish to consult with a more qualified source, or wait for a less stressful time. Just don't wait so long that the selection is made for you by someone else, by the passage of time or by your being so upset with your own indecisiveness that you make an impulsive selection.

Trust your intuition

Intuition is an impression, a perception, an insight whose origins you may not fully understand. It can be an important source of information. Do not ignore it. But don't confuse intuition with impulsiveness. Impulsiveness is the urge to do something to meet an emotional need of the moment that often (though not always) leads you down a path you'll regret.

How do you go about making selections? Have you ever had the responsibility for selecting metal wall panels and what did in entail? If you have any feedback on this or any other topic, comment down below or Email me at and I'll share your input in a future blog.


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