The 7-Power Contractor® Radio

Information and insights for plumbing, heating, cooling, electrical, and other service contracting business owners direct from your host, contracting business consultant and former contractor, Al Levi. All episodes are 10 minutes or less.

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037 – Don’t Have to Love it. Just Have to Do it.

You might dread building operating manuals, but they can advance your business more than any other investment you could ever make. You don’t have to love it, you just have to do it.


036 – Rob Minnick on the Importance of Manuals in Tough Times

Systems help you run a successful and self-sustaining business in the best and worst of times. Rob Minnick shares how he’s leaning on systems to weather the current situation.


035 – Do What’s in the Book and You’re Off the Hook

Written procedures in your operating manuals allow employees to do their job correctly and confidently. If they do what’s in the book, they’re off the hook.


034 – Callbacks: They’re Déjà Vu All Over Again

Callbacks are demoralizing and damaging to a contracting business. They lead to bad reviews, wasted time, and lost money. Operating manuals help minimize callbacks.


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

Employees find it important to know the “why,” or purpose, of what they do at work. Understanding the “why” provides a sense of belonging, and belonging is oftentimes more important than a higher salary.


032 – Personality Profiling: Tendencies vs. Absolute Truths

Personality Profiling (or Motivational Mapping) shows what a new hire’s tendencies are. A tendency, however, doesn’t always reveal absolute truths. It’s important you know the difference.


031 – The Danger of Trying to Do It All

Just because you, the owner or manager, CAN do something it doesn’t mean you SHOULD or that you’re the right one to be doing it. This mind set of needing to do everything may well be what stymies the growth of your business.


030 – Creating a Business to be Thankful For

Many contracting business owners say, “I hate my business.” The goal of business is that it serves you, not that you serve it. To create a business you’re thankful for, you need to start by recognizing some truths and falsehoods.


029 – Back to School

As contractors, we can never stop learning. As kids go back to school, it’s also time for you to go back to school. The type of back to school I’m referring to is committing to having super effective in-house training.


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Notice to listeners: The information in this podcast, along with the forms and structures provided, are meant to serve as a helpful reference guide for the plumbing, heating, cooling, electrical, and other contracting industries. The host of and contributors to this podcast take no responsibility for compliance with the laws or regulations that govern your specific business. The responsibility for making sure everything is compliant (among other things) is 100 percent yours. Before you implement any new information or forms, please check with your own trusted business advisers, including your own attorney, to make certain that the forms and the information you plan to implement will comply with all relevant laws, customs, and regulations.

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