Al Levi, Author at The 7-Power Contractor

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Two Roles You Can Never Leave as an Owner

By Al Levi / November 2, 2021 / 0 Comments

“I fired all of them,” said the Canada-based condominium developer I was helping to optimize his business. “Wow,” I said. “What happened?”

The developer continued. “You said you wouldn’t work through a bunch of layers, and so I fired all my vice presidents. And you know what I found out? They were keeping things from me. If I hadn’t done that, my business would have been out of working capital within six months. Now you just have to help me navigate out of this.”

I told him in a nice but direct way, “I blame you… not them. It was your job to know for yourself what was and wasn’t happening at your company, and we’re going to fix that starting with getting you to a much better designed Box Org Chart.”

And we went on to do just that.

Unfortunately, this is a story I’ve heard all too many times over nearly 20 years of 1-to-1 consulting with contracting clients. The owner would delegate responsibility for their financial position to someone only to discover all kinds of impropriety once that person went on vacation, departed — or the bank or creditors started calling!

The Financial Manager role is one of two roles you can never give up. The other is Marketing Manager.

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How to Get Your Life Back and Have the Business You Want

By Al Levi / October 5, 2021 / 0 Comments

“I just wish my Dad was around more,” said my daughter Pam to her 7th grade teacher. When my wife, Natalie, heard this during a parent conference she said, “My husband is the only dad in the back of the room doing things like videoing her shows and recitals.”

But when Natalie told me what Pam had said, I thought to myself, “Ouch.” The reason is, I had thought by being at every dance recital with my big camcorder was enough. My daughter saw through me though. The problem was I was there in body, but my mind was on work, specifically my family’s plumbing, heating, cooling and now electrical contracting business. The video camera caught what was going on, but if you’d have asked me the details after the show, I couldn’t have told you. I was too busy thinking about the disgruntled customer I had just come from and that I needed to call back or go see after the show was over.

Vacations? Forget it. My wife and I would go someplace nice and my cell phone would ring again and again. It was not relaxing. And then there was the big backlog of work that would take me a week to get through once we got back.

One day, the stuff hit the fan. The chaos I was accepting day after day was hurting me and everyone around me. I had to get my life back. I needed to put systems and processes into place at my company that would allow my staff to handle more on their own (the way I would do it). Also, I wanted to be able to delegate responsibilities to others in a way where stuff actually gets done and doesn’t boomerang and land back on my plate.

So I went home and made my wife, Natalie, a promise. I said, “For the next two years, I will be around even less than I am now and you deserve to know why…”

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The 7-Power Contractor System | Waste No Day

By Al Levi / November 10, 2021 / Comments Off on The 7-Power Contractor System | Waste No Day

Ever wonder how The 7-Power Contractor system came about?

In Episode 63 of the Waste No Day podcast, hosts Brian Burton and Nate Minnich dig into Al Levi’s story and experience and how he turned his frustrations into a formula.

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What You Need to Know about the “SEVEN” Main Parts to Your Business, Not the 7000 with Al Levi | Service Without Excuses

By Al Levi / November 9, 2021 / Comments Off on What You Need to Know about the “SEVEN” Main Parts to Your Business, Not the 7000 with Al Levi | Service Without Excuses

We all feel there are a million different working parts to our business that need to happen all at once and on schedule.

Would you be surprised to find out they’re actually only seven?

On Season 3 Episode 8 of Service Without Excuses with host Rob M Lyon, Al Levi shares the 7 areas you need to spend most of your time focusing on.

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Systems and Processes with Al Levi | Torsion Talk Podcast

By Al Levi / September 22, 2021 / Comments Off on Systems and Processes with Al Levi | Torsion Talk Podcast

Want to improve your business’s efficiency?

On Season 5 Episode 15 of Torsion Talk Podcast, Al Levi shares with host Ryan Lucia about implementing systems and processes in your business to improve its efficiency.

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Tips for Success | The W.R. MEADOWS Podcast

By Al Levi / September 21, 2021 / Comments Off on Tips for Success | The W.R. MEADOWS Podcast

Everyone loves some good success tips!

On Episode 4 of The W.R. MEADOWS Podcast, Al Levi shares some great business tips and tricks from his extensive knowledge in the trade industry with host Riley.

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What are the 7 Powers a Contractor Must Master? | Service Business Mastery

By Al Levi / September 21, 2021 / Comments Off on What are the 7 Powers a Contractor Must Master? | Service Business Mastery

What are the 7 Powers a contractor must master?

Al Levi shares what those 7 Powers are on Episode 609 of the Service Business Mastery podcast with host Tersh Blissett.

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089 – Size Can Matter

By Al Levi / November 16, 2021 / 0 Comments

Can your service area allow you to grow to the company size you want to be or need to be? This is a tough question. Find the answer here.

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088 – Two Roles You Can Never Leave as an Owner

By Al Levi / November 2, 2021 / 0 Comments

There are two roles you can never leave as an owner if you want your business to succeed: financial manager and marketing manager.

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087 – Lying at Work

By Al Levi / October 19, 2021 / 0 Comments

Lying – owners, managers, team members, and customers do it, but it’s destructive to your company. Learn how to get to a point where they’ll feel more comfortable telling the truth!

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