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How to decide if an Employee Stock Ownership Plan is right for your firm — and 5 steps to create one | Construction Dive

I’m a “fan” of employee ownership for a number of reasons and I found this article to be a good brief look at ESOPS.

How to decide if an Employee Stock Ownership Plan is right for your firm – and 5 steps to create one

Construction industry employees work hard, and the team effort it takes to bring a project to a successful close can create a bond between management and the staff. Therefore, it makes sense that owners would want to reward the workers who keep the company engine running.

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10 Dumb Rules That Make Your Best People Want to Quit | Inc.com

10 Dumb Rules That Make Your Best People Want to Quit

It’s hard enough to attract and hold on to good employees– but to attract and hold on to the best employees is even harder. Occasionally they leave because of an opportunity they can’t pass up, but most of the time the cause lies with the company they’re leaving.

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7 Things Steve Jobs Said That You Should Say Every Single Day | Inc.com

7 Things Steve Jobs Said That You Should Say Every Single Day

He came, he saw, he conquered…and he left behind some words to live by: 1. “Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower.” Ideas without action aren’t ideas. They’re regrets. Every day, most people let hesitation and uncertainty stop them from acting on an idea.

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It’s a Trap! Agile Lessons from Star Wars | CA Technologies

It’s a Trap! Agile Lessons from Star Wars

Recently I experienced what was one of the saddest moments of my career as an agile coach when, while watching “Return of the Jedi” for the 116th time, I realized I was coaching a company that was … the Empire.

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Tom Peters on the Attributes of Great Leaders

I’m a long time reader and follower of Tom Peters and I think listening to cassettes in my Sony Walkman of his books Thriving on Chaos: Handbook for a Management Revolution and Liberation Management back in the early 90’s that first turned me on to using audiobooks.

In this video Tom Peters is being interiviewed about his thoughts on Leadership circa 2013.

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Process Perils & Profit | Pro Builder

Scott Sedam writes another great article on lean implementation in the building industry…

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Remodeling Magazine: 8 Steps to Closing Deals Fast

I am astounded at times how so many remodeling contractors don’t have any kind of “designed” process or pipeline in place to direct and moving lead through their company’s sales process and instead shoot from the hip and almost overtime improvise from scratch out of the box.

If there is one thing I might add to what Paul Winans has to say in his article it would be that if you really want to develop and perfect your company’s sales pipeline process visually diagram it and as potential clients move through the process document what going on so you’ll have a “paper trail” that you can forensically examine in the future to evaluate what works and what not working and to determine what your ideal customer/client archetypes really are.

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Custom Builder: Custom Home Building: Keep Their Dream House From Becoming Your Nightmare

Handling new home construction and the new home customer are both and art and a science. This Custom Builder magazine article looks at the second part of that equation.

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Thinking Begets Thinking

A great Deming-ism I just stumbled across in my old notes  from a Scott Sedam article How To Get Smart from the 7/11/2000 issue of Professional Builder:

Deming lamented that our companies and our country were becoming so obsessed with job skills that we were turning every educational endeavor into a trade school. He had nothing against trade schools, but he said it is an insult to not give people the opportunity to learn, grow and develop by thinking — not simply teaching instructions and procedures. And this goes for people at all levels. Knowing the fact or the thing is usually less important than knowing how it got that way.

My favorite Deming example that he used to illustrate goes as follows: Take two kids. Give them each an assignment. Tell one to go find out the name of the capital of Wisconsin. Tell the other to find out why the capital of Wisconsin is Madison. Deming would simply smile and say, “Oh, what a difference.”

The difference, of course, is that student No. 2 would have to research, explore, think, reason — work his brain. And here’s the key. The next day, at his job at the Costco warehouse, Student Two would be much more likely to think of a better way to do a job. Thinking begets thinking.

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Craig Durosko’s Series: 25 Ways You Can Lose Money in Remodeling

CraigDurosko25WaysI’m wondering if you all you contractors are following Craig Durosko’s excellent series in Profession Remodeler 25 Ways You Can Lose Money in Remodeling.

I’d like to add my own 30 Plus Reasons Why Contracting Businesses Fail to this list too as possible areas where contractors lose money in remodeling (or any building business for that matter)

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