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Tag: Leadership


Only Go Forward

Here it is, May of 2020. We are still in the middle of Pandemicville. Covid-19 has turned the world up-side-down…turned lives upside-down, and it is not over yet. So, Only Go Forward. We will get through it! There is no other choice. It cannot be wished away, a head in the sand approach accomplishes nothing, and getting angry at all the inconveniences is a waste of human energy. Think of something funny….laugh a little bit…laugh a whole lot. Only Go Forward. I was at a local grocery store. I witnessed a......

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Choose High Profitability!

Anthony Iton is an African Canadian who moved to Baltimore in pursuit of a medical degree in 1985. Soon after arriving in Baltimore, he saw the blighted neighborhoods of East Baltimore. He said, “I thought somebody had dropped bombs on the place.” It was an experience and injustice that would drive his future.  Fast forward to the early 2000s. Iton, in addition to his medical degree, had accumulated a law degree, a graduate degree in public health, and taken the position of Public Health director for Alameda County in California. Motivated......

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Back to the Basics

Recently on LinkedIn, a political post and the 13,000+ comments that responded to it showed up on my home page. As I started scrolling through them because as much as I know I shouldn’t go down this rabbit hole, I really couldn’t resist. The reality of how we talk to each other was mind-boggling. I started getting angry at people I didn’t even know because of their rude comments.  I realized we need to go back to the basics. What we were taught when we were younger is (still) important. We......

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Who's In Charge? - Passing the Money Passes the Responsibility

Years ago, when my sweet husband and I were first married, our first home was a charming little bungalow tucked into the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains on the north side of Chattanooga, Tennessee. Over time, my commute to The New Flat Rate down in Dalton, Georgia became too strenuous, and we uprooted to move.  We kept the bungalow and turned it into a southern charm, luxury Airbnb vacation rental.  Fast forward a few years to last month. Our renters began complaining about the broken fireplace.  My husband started calling contractors......

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The Transformational Leader

Transformational leadership has the potential to vaporize our industry’s labor shortage. John C. Maxwell is the quintessential leader. Whether through experience, teaching, and or coaching, Maxwell has over 50 years of quality time invested in leadership. In 2003, Maxwell, along with his brother Larry and their nonprofit organization EQUIP, came up with the idea to train one million leaders in countries around the world.  EQUIP hit that goal in 2008 and kept steaming along. Although the number of trained leaders climbed to five million in 2013, there was a problem. Educated......

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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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