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The Difference Between a Leader and a Manager

By Al Levi / March 13, 2018 / Comments Off on The Difference Between a Leader and a Manager

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.

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Being Home Service Experts | The Home Service Expert

By Al Levi / February 14, 2018 / Comments Off on Being Home Service Experts | The Home Service Expert

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!

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The Importance of Getting Away from Your Business

By Al Levi / January 30, 2018 / Comments Off on The Importance of Getting Away from Your Business

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”.

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Adding an Additional Trade | Service Professionals Australia

By Al Levi / January 25, 2018 / Comments Off on Adding an Additional Trade | Service Professionals Australia

On Pipeline to Profitability’s Episode 50: Adding an Additional Trade, Al Levi joins host Allan Ferguson to discuss the reason behind adding an additional trade to a business. Learn the ‘why’ and other great tips on this podcast. Listen now!

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Al Levi to Speak on Less Stress, More Success at 2018 WWETT Show

By Al Levi / January 15, 2018 / Comments Off on Al Levi to Speak on Less Stress, More Success at 2018 WWETT Show

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.

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Top Five List

By Al Levi / December 28, 2017 / Comments Off on Top Five List

Ever gone to a great seminar, workshop or group meeting and come away with a ton of great ideas and an even bigger to-do list than when you went?

Bet it happens all the time. Am I right?

And when you come home excited to share with the whole team at work all the fantastic new ideas you’ve learned about and want to put to work at your company, your employees just cringe.

Why?

They’re left out of the process is why. Plus, they know you. You get fired up about the latest and greatest thing and everything else is thrown in the “mental dumpster”. And off you go on the next rabbit chase.

The problem is another great idea will pop up that you feel is even more urgent in what I call the “entrepreneurial seizure” moment that flares up all too often in a bad way. Well, having made it part of my Planning Power! work with companies for 15 years, I have the company allow me to do private 1-to-1 conversations with their staff and the overwhelming response to this type of thing is they hate it and they hate you when you do this.

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Retaining Your A-Team (Part 3) | The Site Shed

By Al Levi / December 13, 2017 / Comments Off on Retaining Your A-Team (Part 3) | The Site Shed

On Part 3 of the A-Team series on The Site Shed, Al Levi joins host Matt Jones to discuss how you can retain your staff and keep your A-Team. Learn to make the shift of offering a ‘job’ to offering a ‘career path’ so employees don’t want to leave your company. Listen now!

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Onboard and Train Your A-Team (Part 2) | The Site Shed

By Al Levi / December 13, 2017 / Comments Off on Onboard and Train Your A-Team (Part 2) | The Site Shed

On Part 2 of the A-Team series on The Site Shed, Al Levi joins host Matt Jones to discuss how to properly onboard and train your A-Team. Do your employees have clear job descriptions, roles, and responsibilities? Have they been inducted correctly and been taught your way of doing things? Do they have someone to turn to for help? Learn more about on boarding and training by listening now!

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Recruiting Your A-Team (Part 1) | The Site Shed

By Al Levi / December 5, 2017 / Comments Off on Recruiting Your A-Team (Part 1) | The Site Shed

On Part 1 of the A-Team series on The Site Shed, Al Levi joins host Matt Jones to discuss how Al finds the right team members for his organizations. Find out how you too can recruit the best people for your business. Listen now!

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5 Ways to Set Yourself Up for More Success in 2018

By Al Levi / November 29, 2017 / Comments Off on 5 Ways to Set Yourself Up for More Success in 2018

Ready for a new year? Well, whether you are or you’re not, it’s right around the corner.

Most of us are excited about the new year ahead. I think that’s the case because it’s a great time to push the reset button and leave behind what didn’t happen or what happened in a bad way and to look forward to having a brighter future.

That’s why we make New Year’s Resolutions…. right?

As someone who every year swore to eat better and get to the gym on a regular basis but quickly fell off the wagon, I can share that a New Year’s Resolution has no power unless you give it real power.

For your business, that means you need to do the following 5 things if you want to set yourself up for more success in 2018…

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