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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039 – Tim Flynn Knows How to be Successful in Good Times and Tough Times

Tim Flynn shares how pivotal systems have been for his company in good times as well as these tough times. It’s how he was able to add on to his existing procedures in response to what is going on in the world right now.

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038 – Tommy Mello on How Manuals are Differentiating A1 Garage in Tough Times

Tommy Mello shares how his business is leaning on their systems to weather tougher times but also using this time to fine tune their business processes so that when this is over, they will emerge even stronger than before.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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