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The Right Way to Make Time for the Holidays

The Right Way to Make Time for the Holidays at Work | Al Levi, The 7-Power Contractor

Got more time at the end of a workday than you know what to do with? Not likely.

How about finding extra time during the holidays to stop and enjoy as a team the holidays let alone finding extra time to be available for fun and family time? Not likely.

But, it doesn’t have to be this way.

How do I know? I was once a stressed-out contractor just like you. I fell in the hole of being steamrolled by the holidays every year. And it was doubly bad when it was a crazy cold winter and we were maxed out covering heating calls and attending to frozen plumbing pipes.

What changed for me and my team?

By | December 19th, 2016|Operating Power, Planning Power|Comments Off on The Right Way to Make Time for the Holidays

Why Most Family Businesses Don’t Work 
and How The 7-Power Contractor Approach Can Help

Why Most Family Businesses Don't Work -- Al Levi | 160720

I love all contracting businesses but I’m particularly fond of family businesses. After all, I was the 3rd generation at my family’s plumbing, heating and cooling business. And I’ve been coaching many family-owned contracting businesses for the past 15 years.

Here are just a few of the troubling challenges I see in many family businesses:

  1. The owners can never stop working because there’s no real business that can run without them. This is particularly problematic when the owners want to sell the business to the kids because all that does is put a ball and chain on the next generation.
  2. The owners give the business to the kids too cheap or with no objective benchmarks so they end up having to come back and (hopefully) rescue things.

What can you do about this and other challenges?

The very first place to start is with an organizational chart that spells out all the boxes it takes to run your company – even if your name is in every box. This org chart is helpful to any company but it’s even more important to a business filled with family members.

Next is to create a Master Project list of projects and habits that need to be put in place to make the company better.

The Master Project list then gets whittled down to a Top 30 list of projects and habits using these two filters: 1.) The project will either fix the biggest problem or challenge or 2.) give the company the greatest chance to grow and be profitable in the coming year.

Finally, the Top 30 project list gets whittled down again using the same two filters to until you have a Top Five project list that is agreed upon by the whole family. Going through this process helps to focus the family on accomplishing the same things to mutual benefit.

Where else do family businesses struggle?

By | July 25th, 2016|Planning Power|Comments Off on Why Most Family Businesses Don’t Work 
and How The 7-Power Contractor Approach Can Help

Run Your Contracting Business with Less Stress and More Success | The Site Shed Podcast

In this episode, TSS046, Matt Jones, host of The Site Shed Podcast and I get together for some Tool Box Talk around the systems and processes that my brothers and I developed for our family’s plumbing, heating and cooling business. Now known as The 7-Power Contractor approach, we discuss it and the systems and [...]

By | May 18th, 2016|Operating Power, Planning Power, Podcasts, Staffing Power|Comments Off on Run Your Contracting Business with Less Stress and More Success | The Site Shed Podcast

Why Buy Another Contracting Business Book?

Al Levi Introduces His New Book, The 7-Power Contractor

Good question!

Is there a shortage of business books out there or business information out there on how to be successful in the contracting business? Nope!

Can trying to figure out what to do with all that information be overwhelming and confusing? Yes!

By | March 17th, 2016|Financial Power, Leadership Power, Marketing Power, Operating Power, Planning Power, Products, Sales Coaching Power, Selling Power, Staffing Power|Comments Off on Why Buy Another Contracting Business Book?

To Spoke Shop or Not To Spoke Shop

The discussion about the pros and cons of creating a spoke [aka satellite shop] around your main office [aka hub shop] with some solid tips on how to do it the right way to maximize profit and success.

By | July 28th, 2015|Planning Power|Comments Off on To Spoke Shop or Not To Spoke Shop

The 3 Column Fast Budget and Pricing Method

I’m in a call with a Contractor who has taken me up on my offer of a free 30 minute phone consultation from my website. I ask as part of the questionnaire for their primary challenge. What I get as an answer to that question can be many different things. One response I get a [...]

By | March 17th, 2015|Planning Power|0 Comments

Pay Up. Speak Up. Tell the Truth.

Everybody likes a bargain. It’s just human nature. But when it comes to hiring professional people to help you, there are at least three key professionals where a bargain is going to be no bargain if price outweighs the value they provide. Those key big three professionals are your: Doctor Lawyer Accountant These people are [...]

By | December 13th, 2013|Planning Power|0 Comments

A Fresh Set of Eyes

Time flies when you’re having fun! But, time can also obscure the ability to stop and assess where are we compared to our intended path. It’s easy to get caught up in the day-to-day operation of our business and all of a sudden find ourselves on a dead-end path because there’s been no looking up [...]

By | August 13th, 2013|Planning Power|0 Comments