Are You An Engine Or An Anchor?

BY: Joe Crisara

Engine Or Anchor?

I love the use of analogies. One of the prime examples I use is a owner of a contracting company as being the captain of a ship. As the leader you may find yourself heading towards “stormy business weather.” This storm is approaching as your sales revenue is lower than your overhead, field labor and material costs can substantiate. When this happens, you start to take on water. (Go into debt) Soon the whole ship is in danger of sinking.

When you finally wind up in the worst part of the storm the telltale signs are all around you as the captain. The rain of phone calls from vendors looking to collect on what you owe or the lightning of your having to consider a loan, line of credit or even take money out of your own pocket, just to make payroll this week are just a few of the signs that your ship is indeed in trouble. Continue reading “Are You An Engine Or An Anchor?”

Be a Student To Be a Great Leader

BY: Joe Crisara

Be a Student

 

As a leader in your organization, and as a coach to your team, you do your best to make sure that your team has the proper knowledge, training and support to succeed.  You hold meetings and training sessions. You ride along with them on calls and share everything you know so that the lessons you’ve learned along the way might help your team members become more successful. Continue reading “Be a Student To Be a Great Leader”

If Nick Saban Was Your Manager: The Recipe For a Winning Team

BY: Joe Crisara

The Recipe For a Winning Team

Now, everybody always says there’s no ‘I’ in team, but there is an ‘I’ in win, because the individuals make the team what it is, and how they think and what they do is important to the team.    

— Nick Saban

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Make It Easy To Follow Your Service System

BY: Joe Crisara

Is Your Service System Too Hard?

Last month we had a momentous occasion in our household. Wyatt, who just turned one in February, graduated from his first ever survival training class with the Baby Seals Swim Academy.

We watched our little one transform from being unsure and uncertain of the water and of his trainer, to being confident and courageous in and under the water. He is now willing and able to jump in the water and kick himself right back up to the top where he starts to float on his back, even while being fully clothed.

What started out for us as a safety precaution due to the new pool in our backyard turned into one of the best decisions we made so far for our little guy. We want to continue to build his confidence and his skills.

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