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Tag: Business Strategy


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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Core Competency

In a recent HVAC Service Roundtable Digest, a young struggling contractor, just a couple years into being in business, was asking for some sage advice on running his business. Good questions regarding finances, pay, hiring and firing practices, etc., that we all deal with every day. I applaud this young man for two reasons. First, for reaching out to the HVAC community for advice and mentoring from others. Secondly, readily admitting that his skill set is limited when it comes to running a profitable business. In his post, he mentions, “I'm......

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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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Your Comfort Zone is a Liar...Does it Cause Your Marketing to Miss the Mark?

Written by Danielle Putnam I recently polled 100 contractors about marketing. Out of all who answered the survey, would you believe that 15% responded that they don’t have a clue how to market their companies? Another 15% said they felt stressed about marketing and 31% felt that their marketing was inconsistent. There was only one person that answered the survey that said they felt comfortable with marketing, and even they have room to grow. Let’s face it: marketing freaks a lot of us out. We aren’t comfortable with it, it seems to come with......

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The Cash Calculator - A Financial Model for Your Business

Written by Marc Tannenbaum Many of the contractors we work with are very good technicians. They’re extremely talented at doing the work of the business. Their businesses have grown well, but further growth is now limited by the very thing that has led to their success to date. The owner is typically the best in the business at marketing, selling, and/or installing the services of the business, but is unable to show or teach others how to get the same quality of result that he or she gets when doing this work. “Nobody can......

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Does Your Chatbot Pass the Turing Test?

Written by Lynn Wise The Turing Test was developed by Alan Turing, an English scientist in 1950. It was designed to test the ability of a machine to exhibit intelligent, human-like behavior. To pass the test, a computer would need to be mistaken for a human more than 30% of the time during a series of five-minute keyboard conversations. An aspirational benchmark to be sure, but does this even matter? Don’t most consumers know that they communicate with a machine when they utilize chat, at least at first? If the customer is happy with......

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The Formula for World-Class Results

Written by John LaPlant Owners of businesses are in the people development business. If people cannot grow, there is no scenario where the business can grow. Reliable products and quality repairs are the price of admission to the customer. No consumer in her right mind is going to spend hard-earned dollars on products or repairs that do not work, that fail to get the job done. Successful co-workers do more than get the job done in the technically correct manner.  Growing people requires more than making sure their technical skills are superb.  Growing......

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The Frozen Sea within Us

Written by Dave Rothacker “A book must be the axe for the frozen sea within us.” - Franz Kafka From the website Faena: “...if reading is in fact a way for us to experience all the things that we cannot experience in real life, then both in our senses and our emotions, we must be brave enough to receive that “blow to the head”, which will awaken us from our frozen lethargy, and could one day save us from something we do not even know is oppressive. Reading, hence, would be freedom.” Although Faena and......

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Keep Your Employees in the Productive Happy Zone!

Written by Steve Mores I’d like to start out with a disclaimer here that I am not a licensed psychiatrist or therapist. So, when it comes to clinical or medical challenges regarding mental health, please seek professional help. What I would like to discuss are some of my thoughts based on observations from the field, as well as books and articles related to positive thinking and happiness. I believe we can all agree for the most part, happy people are more productive and do things for a belief or cause rather than for......

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