Business Survival and Sustainability: “The future depends on what you do today.”

Have you ever had one of those days? One of those days where everything in life is fine, except you? Where you wake up and should be ready to conquer the world, but in truth you just want to slide back under the covers, throw in the towel, or hit the restart button? Well I was having one of those days.


jonJonathan Dunagin, Participant in No Shave November and Marketing Director of Controlled Release Technologies, Inc. located in Shelby, North Carolina. More information about the company, and its products, can be found at and by calling (800) 766-9057.

Have you ever had one of those days? One of those days where everything in life is fine, except you? Where you wake up and should be ready to conquer the world, but in truth you just want to slide back under the covers, throw in the towel, or hit the restart button? Well I was having one of those days.

In truth, I should have slept more. Late nights are fine when you are in your twenties, but these days I feel like I need more sleep than my four-year-old. Watching football isn’t really THAT important, especially when your fantasy team depends on the guy benched for fumbling too much. That was my first mistake.

The second was opening my eyes; about an hour before my alarm went off. It was then I realized I had a headache that wasn’t going away, and in turn, was going to make this a tough day to handle. But knowing I had things to do, important duties ahead of me, and a company depending on me, I did what every responsible manager does – I tried to call in sick.

I say tried because I didn’t really call in. I texted a cry for help to my bosses, discussing my dilemma on how I am wrestling between my obligations towards the company and my own personal health. I knew I had to get up anyway because my oldest son was receiving an award at school this morning, but felt it would be much more productive for me to attend the ceremony, return home, and sleep until my migraine passed.

So, I discussed the pros and cons of the situation, the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday and my feelings on either staying home or coming in. Then I hit send and waited on a reply….and waited…..and waited. I got up, got ready, and drove to the school, glancing at my phone every few minutes hoping for that moment of absolution, where you are forgiven of your shortcomings, sympathized with, and given a free pass to recover. Even after the ceremony I still held out hope for a last second Hail Mary miracle….

Needless to say, my miracle fell short and I’m here now writing this post. But let’s take a minute to reflect. Even though I didn’t feel up to working, I obviously wasn’t going to miss Eli’s award ceremony. So while I was able to make it to that, I had wrestled with the idea that actually going to work wasn’t as important.

That brings me to the point of this blog: Dependability. In every organization, people depend on others to get the job done. As a manager, I depend on those working under me to complete assignments, work hard, and give 110%. I don’t have time to micro manage their actions, so you get people that are dependable, that you can rely on, those that understand how every action they engage in contributes to the overall growth and wellness of the company as a whole.

Also as a manager, it is important that I lead by example. I knew I had much to do at work that day, appointments to keep and assignments due, which is why I simply didn’t just throw in the towel and call it a day. Even though I struggled (I am human), I knew that others depended on me to show up for work and get the job done.

Dependability is a key component at Controlled Release Technologies. It’s something expected from every employee, and something instilled into every product we make. After all, the company was started based on a need in the market for products that didn’t fail and provided lasting benefits.

That aspect is something that we’ve carried through to every product manufactured and created since. In fact, we are so confident about the dependability of our products that Pancrete, our industry-leading drain pan resurfacer, comes with a five year warranty. Our clients expect top quality products that can be depended on, without fail and constant monitoring. They expect the same from us as we expect from those we employ.

Besides, imagine what all you would miss out on by not being dependable. If I had just hit that reset button, or pulled the covers over my head and called it a day, I wouldn’t have this great picture to brag about:


Maybe you have a great example of how what your company offers demonstrates dependability. Or perhaps you yourself are considered a dependable person. I’d love to hear about it below.

2 comments on “Business Survival and Sustainability: “The future depends on what you do today.””

  1. Jon,

    I love this blog and the picture!!

    In Your Service,

    Nena Mabe

    Client Support Manager Controlled Release Technologies 1016 Industry Drive Shelby NC 28152 P:800-766-9057 F:704-487-0877

    Important: We will be closed on November 28-29 for Thanksgiving and we will also be closed for the Christmas holidays from December 20 – January 2. Clients: Please get all orders in accordingly during the months of November & December. Happy Holidays!!!

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  2. Normally I don’t comment on blogs but I just couldn’t resist!!! I love every single word of this blog and what it stands for!
    P.S. The picture of you and Eli is the icing on top of the cake. Super cute picture and great blog Jon!


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