Company Culture

Ep.119: Creating Rapid Financial Results and Lasting Cultural Change with Steve Baker

“The high cost of replacing employees means it’s important to find ways to retain the best performers, and studies show that transparency from the top can be a solution, boosting employee engagement and motivation.

One way to achieve that transparency is to show employees the company’s numbers and teach them the business. Why not get them in the same game as the owner?

The strategy is to create a business of business people. Then and only then will they begin to make a connection to the numbers that measure their performance and talk intelligently about improving the business.”

– Steve Baker

Steve Baker joins Victoria and Mark to talk more about the benefits and advantages of open book management, as well as some of the challenges that business owners face.

Steve is Vice President of The Great Game of Business, Inc. and co-authored Get in the Game as well as the update of the number one bestseller, The Great Game of Business—20th Anniversary Edition.

Known for his engaging and irreverent style, Steve is a top-rated, sought-after speaker and coach on open-book management, strategy and execution, leadership, and employee engagement.

Victoria, Mark and Steve talk more about:

  • The best reasons that a business owner should teach their people business
  • Common perceptions that employees have of ownership when there isn’t open-book transparency
  • How employees can benefit from an open-book policy
  • How you can get started
  • And more…

Resources mentioned in this Episode:

The Great Game of Business

Download the Get in the Game Audiobook

R/A Lumber Yard Run Calculator 

This Episode Sponsored by: Wellborn Cabinet

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Ep.114: What Bull Durham Teaches Us About Achieving Goals

Goals are critical to success in business—they focus attention and give your team a clear understanding of what you’re trying to achieve. But oftentimes, the goal is all we see. And looking at nothing but the end goal can overwhelm and lead to failure.

Fortunately, the 1988 film Bull Durham holds the secret to achieving your business goals, no matter how large they may be.

In this week’s episode, Mark and Victoria discuss the lessons learned from the film, as well as some practical ways you can implement the advice in your business.

Introducing Our New Sponsor; Wellborn Cabinet

We are excited to have Wellborn Cabinet joining us as a featured sponsor for PowerTips Unscripted. Wellborn has been a huge supporter of Remodelers Advantage for years and it is great to have them involved in our growing podcast. Welcome, Wellborn Cabinet!

Ep.113: Fighting the Labor Shortage with In-house Training with Dan Hurst

The demand and absence of skilled labor is a huge challenge for remodelers across North America. We hear it from our Roundtables Members as well as from our associates, sponsors and Podcast guests.

In this episode Victoria and Mark explore different ways to tackle the issue, and welcome Dan Hurst to the show to talk about how his firm effectively creates a culture and career path that provides opportunities for his staff to learn and develop new skills.

Dan is the President / General Manager of Hurst Design Build Remodel in Westlake, OH and is actively involved in NARI as well as a Master Certified Remodeler and Certified Lead Carpenter.

Dan, Victoria and Mark talk more about:

  • Things you can do to create a culture and provide a path to grow your own skilled workforce
  • Why there is a need to develop your own staff vs. hiring
  • Creating opportunities for your employees to learn and develop new skills
  • What a typical career path might look like
  • Managing and helping your staff achieve their career goals
  • The fear of investing time and energy into developing someone, only to have them leave

Key Strategies on Finding, Hiring & Keeping the Right Talent for Your Remodeling Company.

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July 28, 2020; 11:30am – 12:30pm ET

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Ep.111: Using Mindful Meditation to Deal with Clients and Employees with Peter Feinmann

We have covered the dangers of stress and anxiety for you and your business a few times; most recently on Episode 108, where we touch on ways to battle and reduce it, including mindful meditation.

To explore this topic further, Victoria and Mark welcome Peter Feinmann, President of Feinmann, Inc, a design build company in Lexington, MA, just outside of Boston.

From the company’s beginnings in Peter’s home in 1987, Feinmann has grown into a multi-million dollar, award-winning firm, with a staff of 20+. Peter is a nationally recognized writer and sought-after speaker in the design/build industry and is the recipient of numerous local and national awards, including the NARI Contractor of the Year Award and Remodeling Magazine’s Remodeler of the Year.

In this episode, Peter talks about how to use mindful meditation to help manage anxiety and reactivity when dealing with clients and employees. Peter has been able to use meditation in order to be more effective by facilitating great attention and focus.

Victoria, Mark and Peter cover:

  • How to get started with meditation practice
  • How meditation has impacted Peter’s leadership at his company
  • Has meditation has aided Peter and his company during the current COVID-19 crisis
  • Information about the Mindfulness Meditation Teacher Training Program

During this episode, Peter mentions his Introduction to Mindfulness program; Click here for more information (PDF) about that program.

How Stressed Are You?
The FREE Stress Quotient® Survey is available until 6/30/20

As discussed in episode 108, here is a link to a powerful stress assessment tool that will help you measure where your stress levels are.

Click here for more information and the Survey >>

Ep.109: How Getting Off Email Can Dramatically Improve Your Internal Communication

Email is the default communication tool in business, there’s no denying that. But there is good reason to expand beyond email for your internal team communication.

Victoria and Mark welcome Jason Langkammerer to the show, as they discuss how taking that step can enhance your teamwork, reduce the “noise” of email, and strengthen your company culture.

Jason Langkammerer is a licensed architect, general contractor and founder of AT6 Design Build  in San Francisco, CA.

In this episode you’ll learn:

  • The challenges email poses for internal communication
  • Other options for communicating
  • How to transition your team to a new method
  • How these platforms differ from email
  • How it can improve your communication

Ep.108: How to Cope with Stress

How stressed are you? Pandemics, demonstrations, economy, health… It’s not uncommon to feel stressed during these uncertain times.

According to a study by the University of Cincinnati, many people feel anxiety around the Covid-19 virus, but even more are concerned about the financial impact that the pandemic has had or may have on them and their families.

Anxiety and stress, whether for this reason or another, can affect your physical and mental health in ways you might not have considered.

In this episode Victoria and Mark explore this serious and underlying threat to your business and personal health. Topics covered include:

  • Symptoms of stress and discovering triggers that set you off
  • Techniques you can use to relieve stress and anxiety
  • The power of mediation and other ways to release
  • Smartphone Apps and other tools available
  • Changing your mindset and overall outlook
  • Reaching out to health professionals
  • And more…

Uncover the Hidden Productivity Killer Using the FREE Stress Quotient® Survey

As discussed in this episode, here is a link to a powerful stress assessment tool that will help you measure where your stress levels are.
Click here for more information and the Survey >>

Ep.106: Six Words That Will Destroy Your Business (and what to do about it)

Are you resistant to change? Do you believe that because something has always worked for you, it’s “obviously” the best way to do it? Have you ever said, “we’ve always done it this way,” as an argument against change? 

If so, then you are playing a dangerous game of chicken with your company, because these six words will eventually be the downfall of your business. 

In this week’s episode, Victoria and Mark discuss the dangers hidden behind this seemingly innocent string of words, and they share proven methods to not only overcome your fear of change, but also to ensure you’re making the right decisions for change.

Because change for changes sake is just as dangerous as not changing at all.

Are you able to drive change in your business? Are you “stuck” & unsure about what step to take next?

Whether it’s business, finance or production we have the experienced, professional coaches standing by to help you and your team battle through these uncertain times.
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