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how to stop having to chase employees for results

In my early years as a leader, I was a horrible manager. I look back and cringe at how I pleaded with or threatened people to get their job done. It seemed to be never-ending conversations of me reminding them or continually chasing after them to get the results I wanted.

It was while reading Stephen Covey’s book “7 Habits of Highly Effective People” that I began to understand clearly how the problem was me.  As I read his book, and then several others on the topic of leadership and management, I realized I was looking at getting results with my team from the completely wrong perspective.

As I began implementing changes in how I lead, I began sharing with my contracting clients what I was learning.  The positive change in the results they produced was and continues to be, dramatic.  And the other benefit? They work fewer hours and love what they do again!

In today’s video, you will learn how to stop having to chase after results with your team. This video is an interview I did with Spencer Powell, host of the Builder Funnel Radio podcast.

To help you get started, I’ve created an outline – 6 steps for writing a great position agreement. You can download this free guide to make it easy to write agreements for every position within your company.

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Employee Training That Works!

Do you yearn for a time when your team will produce more consistent results?

And do you ever get tired of the revenue rollercoaster that comes from inconsistent results?

One way to achieve consistency is by putting systems and processes in place with your team.  I talked about this in my last post Creating a Culture Where Great People Want to Work.

The other important way is what we’re going to talk about today – training people to develop their skills and advance in the ranks so both they and the company are more successful.

But if you’ve never created a training program before, it can be hard to know where to begin.

In a time like we are in now, where there is a limited talent pool out there, the burden is on us as managers and leaders to develop our teams and make them great. Not only that but investing in training your people can actually add dollars to your bottom line because they’re better equipped to do their job efficiently with fewer mistakes.

Today in my interview with Todd Liles of Service Excellence Training and host of The Service Contractor podcast, he explains how to create a training plan so you can feel confident developing your team.

Todd and I will talk about:

  • The 3 keys to a successful training program
  • How to structure training
  • What to cover so that you can teach your team your way to get the job done right.

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A Contractor’s Succession Plan – Part II

This is the second part of a two-part series on succession planning for a contractor, and the process of finding and developing a new leader for a business as the owner nears retirement. If you’re thinking of someday selling a construction company, wondering about the future of your business, or curious about what your retirement could look like, you don’t want to miss today’s interview.

In this video, we’ll discuss what succession planning is, what does it take to sell a business, what has worked really well for my guests, and what would they do differently after going through the succession process.

I’m talking to Tom and Barbara Weiher, the original owners and founders of Carmel Builders in Milwaukee, WI. Carmel Builders successfully transitioned the business from Tom and Barbara to their son, Louis, a few years ago. (You can watch my interview with their son Louis here.)

Tom started the design, build, and remodeling firm 40 years ago. Ten to 15 years ago, he started wondering, “How’s this going to end?” It seemed ideal to him and his wife, Barbara, for one of their five children to take over the business to keep it in the family. But at the time, none of them were working in the business or interested in taking it over.

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A Contractors Succession Plan – Part I

Today, I’m sharing part one of a two-part series about succession planning. In the contracting industry I see so many folks who have been working for 30 years, 40 years, and beyond, who want to transition out of their businesses but they don’t know where to begin and as a result, continually put it off. 

Knowing how to plan for your phase out or complete succession from your business is the pathway to you being able to reap rewards from the hard work the you’ve put into it over these many years. And proper planning, as my guest today will share with you, can help you save money and increase your return as well.

One of the companies that successfully made the transition is Carmel Builders in Milwaukee, WI. Today, my guest is Louis Weiher, the owner and president since 2016. In my next blog post, I’ll interview his parents, Tom and Barbara Weiher, the founders of the 40-year old design build build firm.

Whether you’re on either end of a possible succession or just wondering about your eventual retirement, these two interviews will help you navigate your way to a successful transition.

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2 Simple ways to get staff to take more ownership

One of the key complaints I hear from managers and leaders is that their staff don’t take ownership. This challenge seems to be universal as evidence in a survey I did recently where 72% of respondents said they struggled with this very issue. 

In this week’s blog, my guest Sonja Stetzler shared with me two simple things managers and leaders can do to get their teams to take more ownership.  At the end of the blog, she even provides a simple “cheat sheet”  you can use.

Hope you find this 20-minute video helpful in supporting you on your leadership journey.

 

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