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Tag: Building a Business


Time to Push the Reset Button

If we ever wanted a ‘do-over’ for our industry, this is it. Being classified as an essential business during COVID is giving us the chance to change the narrative of our industry. How we rise to the challenge is on us. Being able to set or reset the expectations for your profession isn’t something everyone is gifted. We need to take this opportunity and create the standards that will become our new normal. One area we need to address is the need for qualified employees. There is an enormous void that needs to be filled.......

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Am I Priced Right for COVID-19?

Ever find yourself wondering, “Am I priced right?” As my attorneys like to say about everything that I ask them, “Well, that depends,” as I roll my eyes and say, “Will somebody give me a straight answer please?” The CEO of Ferrari was once asked how many of a certain type of model he was going to produce. His response? “Exactly one less than the market will want.” Now, isn’t that interesting? We all know Ferrari is a high-end luxury racing beauty, and yet they price based on what their market will bear. And......

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Leadership Sustainability

Is leadership success sustainable? Riffing on my Comanche Marketing article titled “Authentic and Caring Leadership”, Steve Mores penned an insightful Comanche Marketing article himself titled “Leadership and Sustainability”. Steve mentions that my article reminded him of authentic and caring leaders who he both worked and works with. So I am going to return the volley and continue the conversation on leadership sustainability.  Steve introduces Currie Gauvreau’s expertise. Instead of motivating coworkers, Currie believes in inspiring them.  I think we should be focused on INSPIRING......

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Being a business owner has always been stressful. Now, it can be overwhelming. You can’t help but think about the health of those around you. The health of your employees, your customers, your family, but what about the health of your business? You would do whatever is needed to keep your family, employees, and community safe and healthy. But when is the last time you looked at your business and its financial health? You probably look at your P/L Statement monthly or maybe quarterly. When is the last time you sat......

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Don't Get Busy

As a Shark Tank TV show fan, I just finished reading Robert Herjavec's bestseller, The Will to Win. Throughout the book, Robert tells stories of his Shark Tank experiences, his love of family, his upbringing, and struggles as an immigrant to Canada when he was eight, and of course, business management - and his perspectives were fascinating. Primarily, the importance of thinking time. Rodney Koop, my business partner, and I are all too often saying to each other, "Schedule thinking time!" So, to read it in print by Robert…well, I......

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Authentic and Caring Leadership

Earlier this year, I wrote a Comanche Marketing article titled “The Transformational Leader.” I spoke about John Maxwell’s leadership training organization and the problems its students experienced. Leaders who had undergone comprehensive leadership training were not making an impact. Maxwell’s leadership team asked, “What did we miss?” 

After much discussion and debate, they arrived at this conclusion: The training they had done was educational but not transformational. By just giving leaders training, they do not automatically make an impact and do not automatically become transformational in......

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How to Adapt to the New Normal

There is going to be a new normal. The economic disruption caused by COVID-19 has caused businesses to either re-examine how they do business or cease to exist. Companies that try to return to business, as usual, will face a harsh reality.   Companies are working to find ways to protect their employees and their businesses. Even businesses that were in the unique position to do well are realizing the gaps in their structure due to outdated and inefficient processes. While some businesses are focused solely on survival, others are taking......

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Far Horizons

Type faster! It’s been three weeks since my third child was born, which means the 24 hours in every day which were already packed full are now even shorter because every two hours, he’s ready to eat (nurse)...minus 30 minutes, then burp, minus five minutes, then poop...well if it’s an explosion, that could subtract off a lot of minutes...and by this time, I only have an hour before he wants to do it all over again. So, in that one hour which used to be two hours, I now sit to......

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The IAQ Silver Bullet or Not

Written by Steve Mores I recently spoke with a contractor who asked what appeared to be a simple question: “Don’t you guys have a ‘question sheet’ that I can give my techs to ask homeowners and generate interest in IAQ products?” Well, yes, we have specific questions to ask, but it’s not that simple. We don’t have a “question sheet”, but we train on how and when to get into the IAQ conversation with a homeowner. I’m not sure if I would create this sheet without the technician understanding when, how, and why to......

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Stop Being Busy and Start Being Productive

Written by Todd Liles It’s easy to do the wrong thing too often. Especially when a person is new to management. New managers often fill their day with familiar tasks, as opposed to productive. These tasks give us a false sense of accomplishment. These tasks fill a person’s day but create a problem when it comes to productivity. In an article by the Harvard Business Review, a study of over 1300 managers concluded that “only 47% of their working time is taken up with managerial activities.” The remainder of the time was unproductive time......

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