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007 – Chief Executive Communicator

I have a new title for you: Chief Executive… Communicator! What is that? In this episode I explain the critical importance of this role, which involves creating your vision and helping your employees see that vision as their vision too.

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006 – What to do if Employees are Always on Social Media

Employees always on social media? What can you do? In this episode I address how to manage through employees who are always connected.

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005 – Mitigating Bad PR

Your customers are always plugged in and the last thing you need is for the TV cameras to show up on your doorstep or for a customer to leave a bad review online because of a misunderstanding. In this episode, I outline some things you can do reduce the risk of these things happening to you.

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004 – How to Know if It’s a Bad Employee or Bad Fit

Bad employee? Or just bad fit? Sometimes it can be hard to tell. In this episode I outline the difference between the two and provide some guidance on what you need to have in place to be able to address both of these situations in a constructive manner.

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003 – The Right Way to Cut Business Costs (Part 2)

In part 2 of of The Right Way to Cut Business Costs, I’ll address things such as inventory, marketing expenses, and unnecessary overtime for techs.

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002 – The Right Way to Cut Business Costs (Part 1)

Are all the expenses you’re “used to” carrying still pulling their weight? In this two-part episode you’ll learn the right way to cut business costs and make sure your expenses are working as hard as they need to to propel the business forward. Enjoy and if you have any questions or comments I’d love to hear them… email me at al@7powercontractor.com. Love the show? Please leave us a review wherever you listen.

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001 – Why The 7-Power Contractor Radio

Welcome to The 7-Power Contractor Radio, the show that helps you run your contracting business with less stress and more success. All episodes are under 10 minutes so you can listen and learn on the fly. Enjoy and if you have any questions or comments I’d love to hear them… email me at al@7powercontractor.com. Love the show? Please leave us a review wherever you listen.

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5 Reasons You Can’t Run Your Business from the Beach Forever

A few years back I worked with a phenomenal contractor, Mark Paup of Golden Rule Plumbing, Heating & Cooling, in Des Moines Iowa.

Mark had grown his business into a systematic and money making company. And as I like to do with former clients, I called him up just to see how things were going.

He asked me a question, “Al, do you ever just get to sit on the beach, and it all runs without you forever?”

I replied with the answer he knew I would, and that was, “No…”

And after the briefest of pauses, I continued with, “You absolutely don’t have to be so heavily involved in the day-to-day running of the business like you were when we first started. And you are actually encouraged to take time away from the business because you deserve it based on all the hard work you’ve done with me. It’s actually good for your team for you to let them run things without you.

“That said, you’re the face of this business, and you must keep a finger on the pulse of it to keep it headed in the leadership direction we created during Leadership Power! if you’re to reach the near-term goals set and the long-term goals still ahead.”

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Equipping Your Business to Emerge from the Coronavirus Pandemic Stronger | The Site Shed

Do you feel like all hope is lost for your business amid the Coronavirus pandemic?

On episode TSS 244 of The Site Shed podcast, Al Levi and Ellen Rohr share practical advice for struggling business owners with host Matt Jones. A lot can be done to emerge stronger after this crisis. The discuss refining business objectives, the role of communication to get your business’s message across, seizing and spotting the right opportunities that this crisis presents, and more.

Listen to episode TSS 244 of The Site Shed podcast here.

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Your Employees Need to Know the “Why” because It’s More than Just the Money

The purpose, or what I call the “Why” for what your employees do at work, is becoming more important to them than just collecting a paycheck.

I know this to be so because I witnessed this when I was a contractor and now as a consultant to contractors. This long-time trend has become the norm. And I think it’s not just a good thing… I think it’s a great thing.

This may seem scary to you. Or, you may be in disbelief that this could be true. A quick review of articles and blogs online will validate what I’m saying here.

And if you’re an owner or manager who is over 50 years of age, you probably grew up in the trades with being told, “This is what I want done”. There was no discussion. You were just expected to do it because your boss told you to.

But having worked with consulting clients over the last few years, all I see are Millennials and now even some of the Generation Z arriving at work.  This movement is in full swing, so doing things because “I told you so” is long gone. In general, they’re not going to engage their heart and soul into anything at work until they know the “Why” they’re doing something.

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