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?”→
You’re frustrated with the way things are going at your shop. It seems like the harder you work, the more difficult it becomes to make a profit. When calls come in, it seems more often than not they result in low-priced, low-level tickets… or even worse, dispatch only fees.
At times it’s hard for you to see the silver lining, and it’s even harder to imagine things improving if something doesn’t change in the near future.
Now, if that DOES sound familiar, I have two things to tell you…
I firmly believe that to have a successful team, you first have to understand the individual players in detail… and then use your understanding of the players to forge a winning culture. But once you’ve taken the time to get to know each player, how do you get each individual begin to do something different, change their results and start moving in the right direction?Continue reading “3 Keys To Get Your Team To Take Action”→
Remember, before you can attend the 2-day advanced training you have to be a graduate of the 3-day basic training prior to attending. You can do this all in one week or by taking the basic training first and then return when you’re ready at anytime in the future.
In this day and age of hundreds of TV channels to watch as well as internet videos, I have found a particular show that I run across every now and then. I must say that this television series really fascinates my wife Julie and I. The show that I am talking about is called the “Dog Whisperer” and it features a gentleman whose name is Cesar Millan. This man who has a such a “magic touch” with our canine friends came, from humble beginnings growing up in Mexico before he eventually transformed into the mega-star he is today. He counts people like Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith as some of his closest friends.
I remember the not so distant “good old days” when I made sure that I was home every Sunday night to watch one of my favorite shows. You would have to be from Mars to not know of or remember the HBO hit show The Sopranos which featured an inside look at some of the “alleged” New Jersey mob figures.