Category: Contractor Tip of the Month

Contractor Tip of the Month

Get Your Team on the Same Page to Increase Productivity as Much as 70%! Have you ever had two people on your team who can’t get along? Maybe they have different personalities. Or different visions. Or maybe they just refuse to work together as a part of the team. Whatever the case, as hard as you’ve tried you can’t seem to bring them together. One option many business leaders consider is keeping the two team members separated so they don’t make a scene in front of other employees or customers. After all, these two people are both really good at what they do. And they’d hate to lose them… As good as those individuals may be at their jobs, the truth is when two people reside at an organization – without working together as a team – results of the organization can suffer as much as 70%. A couple of years ago, I decided to purchase a safety equipment and supply company, Malta Dynamics. Since my expertise lies in construction instead of the safety industry, I set out to find and build a team of top safety industry experts, whom I dubbed “my starting lineup.” I.e. the five players who would be my starters if I were the coach of an undefeated basketball team. It wasn’t long until I discovered these experts couldn’t be found in the small town...

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July 2016: Contractor Tip of the Month

Yesterday, while I was flying back to Columbus, Ohio, from Kansas City, Mo., a lot of things were going through my mind. I was concerned about a $5.7-million job that Lang Masonry started three weeks later than we planned, and the fact that the general contractor is requiring us to catch up on the schedule, regardless of the cause of the delay. I was also apprehensive about decisions that would be made by a couple of banks over the next few days. Projects, revenue, capital expenses…all of these were churning in my mind.

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June 2016: Contractor Tip of the Month

As I’m writing this month’s tip, I am patiently waiting between events at my daughter Amy’s track meet. I’ve got a big smile on my face, as Amy has won the first two events she competed in.

While Amy was competing in the high jump event, between jumps, the high school boys were running a long race that consists of several laps around the track.

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