Contractor Tip Of The Month: There Is Only One Way to Become Successful – Slowly

Damian Lang There’s a popular Chinese proverb that says, “the best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second-best time is now.”    My friend Steve’s son George learned this the hard way at six years old when his class was doing a scientific experiment on seed germination to grow trees. George took the …

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Contractor Tip Of The Month: Communicating with the New Generation of Employees

Damian Lang Back in the old days, you could tell someone what to do, and they did it. Employees knew construction was a rough and tough business. You could raise your voice, or make harsh comments about an employee’s performance, and it was likely he would take what you threw at him and simply keep on …

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Contractor Tip Of The Month: Tell the Truth, so You Don’t Have to Lie Over and Over Again

Damian Lang One of the best lessons I ever learned from my dad was about honesty.   Growing up on a farm with nine children, part of our survival was raising livestock. We milked cows each morning, collected eggs, and butchered our own beef, pork and chickens to keep the family fed.   One day after we were finished butchering a cow, Dad told me he left his …

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Translation: Contractor Tip of the Month

¡Lo barato sale caro! This originally ran in the 2017 October issue Recientemente leí una historia publicada por CNN sobre United Airlines sacando por la fuerza a un pasajero que había pagado por su boleto de un vuelo con la intención de hacer lugar para un miembro de la tripulación sin boleto pagado.  Para colmo, cada pasajero tuvo que bajar del avión mientras el equipo de hazmat abordó para limpiar del …

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Contractor Tip Of The Month: If You Want the Order, Show Up on Time, Make My Job Easy, and Give Me a  Damn Price 

Damian Lang How many times has a potential customer reached out to your salespeople for a price but was kept waiting so long that your competition swooped in and stole the business from you? I vowed never to let that happen again after a recent experience.   A high school friend of mine who is now an assistant manager at a large plant …

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