Contractor Tip Of The Month: Fighting With Your Competition Can Kill Your Business

Damian Lang Some contractor friends invited me to go ATV riding on the Hatfield and McCoy trails in Pocahontas, West Virginia. Intrigued by the history of the land we were riding on, I did some research on one of the greatest feuds of all time that was held between the Hatfield and McCoy families. Think …

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Contractor Tip Of The Month: You Don’t Get Results by Measuring Results. You Get Results by Measuring Activities that Lead to Results.

Damian Lang You can learn a lot about running a business by trying to lose weight. I knew it was time to make healthier choices a few years ago when one of my buddies on the golf course asked, “Are you two going to putt?” as if I were pregnant. The rest of the players …

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Contractor Tip Of The Month: Success is Defined as the Pursuit of a Worthy Goal

Damian Lang The president of a local community college asked me to speak at the 2020 commencement. Thinking of what I will tell the approximately 300 students, their parents, and guests have me wondering how these graduates will define success as they go out into the workforce. I hope sharing what success is to me …

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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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