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Grow Your Own

Yes, Grow Your Own! No, I’m not talking about what’s now legal in Alaska, California, Colorado, Maine, Massachusetts, Nevada, Oregon, and Washington in varying degrees. I’m talking about Grow Your Own: Developing Great Employees that are homegrown vs. store bought....

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Attitude vs. Behavior: What’s the Difference?

“That Tech has a bad attitude.” “I don’t like the attitude of our bookkeeper!” “What’s wrong with the attitude of our dispatcher?” Bad attitudes are everywhere, it would appear. Based on…what? In most cases, nothing, other than your opinion, that...

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What if I Train Them and They Leave?

Resistance—I get a lot as an industry consultant but when it comes to convincing a contractor client of the importance of training, resistance is something I can bank on. I listen politely as they recount a bad experience or two...

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I Can Do Everything… In a Job Interview

Stop me if this sounds familiar: In the job interview, the candidate told me they could do it. Who knew that they couldn’t? Me! I got blindsided by this so often in my contracting life. Looking back, it’s easy to...

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Hire the Willing and Provide Skills or Pay the Price

“Hire willing people and provide them the needed skills instead of hiring spoiled veterans with skills and behavior problems.” This has been my mantra since I was a contractor at my own Long Island plumbing, heating and cooling shop. When...

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Why is Al the Big Man in Australia?

Al Levi of Appleseed Business talks about planning, operations, staffing, family business, and how to make your contracting business better on The Site Shed in Australia!

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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....

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Why Buy Another Contracting Business Book?

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...

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Checking In vs. Snooping

In a bunch of management articles and blogs I’ve read in the last few years, there is more and more discussion about the ever-growing amount of time being wasted in the office by personnel and staff in the field. A...

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How is Staffing a Company like Filling a Bathtub?

When I teach Staffing Power! in seminars or in one-to-one work with clients, I share that it’s all about a never-ending approach to the following five things: Always be recruiting Always be hiring Always be orienting Always be training Always...

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