When I first moved out to Phoenix, I brought the souvenirs of my career with me – a bad back and bad knees. My wife suggested that I sign up for a Yoga class, which I did with the sole purpose of my getting some physical relief.
Okay, I’ll admit it. I now love Yoga! It has been life-altering both physically and mentally.
One day as I was stretching out in class, the teacher was talking about some different philosophies. One of the things she mentioned is that if you set goals and you have actions attached to them – but you never seem to reach those goals – the step you might be missing is belief.
An illustration would be you’re a heavy person, like I’ve been most of my life, and you have the goal of losing weight. You know all of the actions – eat right, eat smaller portions, and exercise more often. But if you don’t believe that you’re a thin person – if you believe that you’ll always be a heavy person – it’s never going to change. So what we need to tie together are our goals (what we want to achieve) and what we really believe. And make sure that what we believe is in sync with our goals. And then take the appropriate actions that will make those goals a reality.
This applies to running a business every bit as much as it applies to your life.Read More
What’s the difference between a Leader and a Manager?
I get asked this question a lot when I do seminars and workshops. And even when I do 1-to-1 consulting. It’s a great question because this can be a confusing distinction between the two roles.
To me, a Leader has a vision and they share that vision with others as they try to move the company where they see it should be, so they end up where they want to go.
A Manager is busy getting the day to day stuff handled so the Leader can focus on the direction and the vision.
Leaders and Managers are both critical to the long-term success of any business.
But, there’s an issue that tends to pop up a lot when I work with clients. That issue is where there are Leaders and Managers and they are not sharing the same vision and they’re busy plotting separate courses for the company. It would be akin to have a car barreling down the highway with four people wrestling to grab the steering wheel and drive. Nothing good is going to happen in this scenario.Read More
As plumbing, heating, cooling, and electrical contractors, we are also home service experts. We have to be! Now, thanks to serial entrepreneur and $30 million home service business owner Tommy Mello, there’s a podcast for us, and he invited me to be on it to talk business.
Tommy’s guests include many $100M+ home service company CEOs and other top entrepreneurs. His mission is to get the information out there that people need to run a more successful home service business.
You can check out the episode <"http://bit.ly/homeserviceexpert-al">here. It’s now live!
P.S. If you like the episode, remember to leave Tommy a review on the iTunes show page. Thanks!Read More
I grew up working in my family’s heating business. And my dad’s coaching to his very young sons was, “We don’t do winter sports or take winter vacations.”
Basically, it meant every living breathing moment from Labor Day till April 1st was to be spent working in the business.
That made for a crazy time that could wear us and our employees down.
But, the nice thing was my wife saying to me in summer, “You home again?” or, “You’re going out to play golf again?”
That all changed when we branched out into the plumbing and cooling trades. Then, we had to be available 24/7/365. And my wife then began to say, “Are you ever coming home?”. Or, “When are we ever going to have time for a vacation?”.
The answer, for a pretty long time, was “never”.Read More
Going to the 2018 WWETT show? Great! Want to learn how to have less stress and more success in your contracting business? Yes, you do!
Al Levi, The 7-Power Contractor and CEO of Zoom Franchise Company, tells you how in TH18 – Wouldn’t It Be Great to Run Your Contracting Business With Less Stress and More Success? at 10:30a.m., Thursday, Feb. 22. Al is known for his practical and actionable advice. Don’t miss this!
While you’re at it please plan to join Ellen Rohr, President, Zoom Franchise Company, for her talk WE09 – How To Be a GREAT Boss at 8:30a.m., Wednesday Feb. 21, too.
And be sure to stop by the Zoom Drain Booth (5452) and get in on their cool “Main Drain Event” obstacle course challenge.
The WWETT Show—Water & Wastewater Equipment, Treatment & Transport Show—is the world’s largest annual trade show for wastewater and environmental service professionals.Read More