Imagine that on a particularly busy, stressful day, you’ve just finished training a group of your people. After the training, one of them comes up to you and says…
“I just wanted to tell you that I notice the effort you put into these training classes. The way you go out of your way to get to know everyone’s strengths and weaknesses – and tailor the training to each of us is really amazing. I can tell you, we all feel lucky to have a manager like you who cares so much about our development because not many people would go to that kind of effort to get to know their employees on an individual basis the way you do. I’m grateful to work under someone who cares that much, and I just wanted to thank you for treating us the way you do.”
Assuming it was delivered completely sincerely, what sort of impression are you going to have of the person who said that to you?
How would you feel for the rest of the day?
And how might that feeling affect your productivity and interactions with others?
Continue reading “Building Relationships Will Improve Your Business”
When you own and run a contracting business, it seems like there’s always something urgent to handle.
There are always emails, phone calls, meeting, employee questions, customer concerns… the list goes on and on. From the second you walk in the door to the second you power off your phone at night (if you even get to do that), there’s no shortage of urgent matters for you to handle.
So when exactly is someone in your position supposed to get anything BIG done… like grow the business?
Well, honestly, if you keep spending your time on those urgent things, maybe never.
That’s one of the reasons why so many companies in our industry seem to grow like crazy for a while and then hit a ceiling. At some point, their growth stalls because they’re in a constant mad dash to handle all the urgency.
The question then, is… what can you do about it?
Continue reading “3 Things That Can Boost or Destroy Your Contracting Business”
Would you say your company has a “customer first” culture?
Would you agree that providing the best possible customer experience, and preventing as much stress and hassle as possible for your customers is at the very top of your priority list?
Is it safe to say that providing for the safety, health, and comfort of your customer and your community is “Job One”?
I really believe that if you asked them, most owners and managers in our industry would say that describes the way their company feels toward their customers, and I’m sure you feel that way about your customers, too.
Now, I don’t want to be the guy to rain on your parade, burst your bubble, or do unspeakable things in your Cheerios – but I may have some bad news for you. Continue reading “The Culture Flaw That’s Killing Your Company”
Dear Plumbers, Electricians and HVAC Techs,
As you know, Julie and I have been in the service industry 30+ years, we’ve coached thousands of contractors in the past decade. Our goal is to always bring you tools and techniques to grow your business.
And, our tech team here has a great background in technology with 20+ years experience, helping build companies including Google.
So we approach solutions for you with a blend of contracting expertise and technology prowess. New tools, new solutions. Better ways to grow your business.
With that we’re excited to debut UNCLE JOE. A place where contractors can list their services free and customers can find reliable ones quickly and easily.