Company Culture

Ep.187: Building Freedom as a Construction Professional with David Gerstel

Guest David Gerstel joins the show to talk about his new book Building Freedom: A Construction Pro’s Path to Financial Independence. David also discusses topics including being lean and frugal, and having an employee centered company.

David Gerstel has over 50 years of experience in the construction industry, and is the author of many books including Nail Your Numbers and his new book Building Freedom: A Construction Pro’s Path to Financial Independence.

Victoria, Mark, and David talk more about:

  • Financial Freedom and Independence
  • Having an employee centered company
  • Thought remodeling
  • And more…….

Ep.186: How To Bet On Talent With Dee Ann Turner

Guest Dee Ann Turner discusses her experiences at Chick-fil-A human resources to owning her own company and becoming a bestselling author. Dee Ann gives an excellent outline for any business to interview and find extraordinary talent. She also talks about the current day workforce and how to be disciplined in the hiring process.

Dee Ann is the author of Bet on Talent, a successful public speaker, and has over 32 years of experience in recruiting some of the best employees in the restaurant industry.

Victoria, Mark and Dee Ann talk more about:

  • How to evaluate talent
  • How to interview potential employees
  • The formula to create a great company culture
  • And more…….

Ep.177: The Journey To Your Unifying Vision with Joe Curcillo

Adapted from his popular motivational book, “Getting To ‘Us’,”  guest Joe Curcillo expertly guides business leaders through the processes of mission analysis, productivity evaluation and goal prioritization to determine their company’s ultimate path to success. In this episode, he shares the foundational epicenter for unity throughout a company and establishes the blueprint for future goals and achievements.

For more than 40 years, Joe has had the pleasure of presenting information from the courtroom to the boardroom. His experiences as a prosecutor, mentalist and bestselling author have made him a uniquely positioned speaker for organizations working to unify their personnel to achieve greatness.  Learn more about Joe here.

Victoria, Mark and Joe talk more about:

  • The importance of a unified vision
  • Secrets to team building
  • And more…

Ep.174: How to Build Authentic Trust with Robin Dreeke

As an FBI Special Agent and Chief of the FBI Counterintelligence Behavioral Analysis Program, guest Robin Dreeke built relationships and confidential human sources across 22 nationalities during his career. These days, he works with companies of all sizes, helping newly promoted leaders, executives, and teams succeed and grow. 

In this episode, he shares expert insight on how to move beyond transactional relationships and build mutually beneficial relationships and partnerships. 

Robin is the founder of  People Formula, a Leadership and Communication Strategy company.  People Formula was formed on the premise that missions, goals and objectives cannot be achieved without relationships and partnerships based upon communication and empathy.

Mark, Victoria and Robin talk more about:

  • Why trust is so critical
  • How to build trust
  • Implementing trust-building skills
  • And more…

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Ep.172: How Technology is Impacting Your Mental Health, Relationships & Productivity at Work with Rob Krecak

As a society, we are now spending close to four hours per day on our smartphones, a 59% increase compared to just two years ago. The total amount of time that each person spends in front of all media per day is 12 hours and 21 minutes, which is up 11% over two years, and the amount of time we spend socializing each day has dropped 18% compared to 2003. 

So, if we extrapolate these trends, where will humanity be in just 10 short years?

Guest Rob Krecak is on a mission to positively impact the lives of one billion people with his company Humans First, which aims to show people how technology is impacting their mental health, relationships, and productivity at work.

Victoria, Mark and Rob talk more about:

  • How technology impacts us in ways we are unaware of
  • Technology’s role in our relationships
  • Being more mindful about technology usage
  • And more…

A Podcast To Help You Improve The Bottom Line Through Production Training

The Tim Faller Show, our “brother podcast” airs every Monday and is a fantastic resource for every remodeling business owner, key manager or production team member in the business.

Co-hosted by Tim Faller and Steve Wheeler, the show has more than 175 episodes and is jam-packed with tips, advice and guidance from some of the best in the industry. Click here to learn more and make sure to tune in every Monday!

Ep.170: Helpful Tips on Hiring with Mike DiFabion

Hiring is on everybody’s mind these days.  But, utilizing the proper tools in the hiring process is key to ensuring you’re creating a great team.  Guest Mike DiFabion is here to share over 20 years of experience in the remodeling industry and the tips and tricks to creating a smooth, efficient hiring process.

Mike started DiFabion Remodeling, Inc. in 2000 with the goal of becoming the best local mid-sized remodeling firm in the Charlotte market. By providing superior customer service, combined with controlled growth, the company now boasts a reputation beyond reproach and is enjoying its 16th year in business.

Victoria, Mark and Mike talk more about:

  • Hiring timeframes
  • Character traits to look out for
  • Experience Vs. Ability to learn
  • And more…

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  • Creating an Accurate Job Description
  • Developing an Employee Handbook
  • Recruiting Consistently and Creatively
  • Qualifying Candidates Carefully
  • Preparing for the Interview
  • Interviewing for Aptitude and Attitude
  • And More!

Ep.168: How to Embed Innovation into Your Remodeling Company with Ben Bensaou

Many people believe that innovation comes from a sudden “aha!” moment, but, that is rarely the case.  So, guest Ben Bensaou is here to share how to continuously embed innovation into your company using a systematic approach.

Ben Bensaou is a professor and former Dean of Executive Education at INSEAD. As an innovation consultant, he has helped some of the world’s leading companies build innovation into their corporate DNA. He has been a visiting professor at Harvard Business School, and a research fellow at Wharton.

Victoria, Mark and Ben talk more about:

  • The types of companies that benefit most from this approach
  • Who is responsible for innovation in a company
  • Shifting from a supplier-side view to a customer-side view
  • And more…

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Ep.167: Answers to Questions You Didn’t Know You Had with Michael Anschel

In a field filled with uncertainty, remodeling teams may find themselves asking an abundance of questions on a regular basis.  And, in many cases, there are questions that haven’t even come to mind yet! So, guest Michael Anschel is here to provide insight into topics that you may not have known you needed.

Michael is the founder, owner, and principal designer for Otogawa-Anschel Design-Build, and has built a company that focuses on using an appropriate amount of space for living, and building sound structures that will last. His goal is to continue to offer unique custom design, build great structures, and promote the use of green building techniques both to the industry and the general public.

Victoria, Mark and Michael talk more about:

  • Some of the biggest challenges that remodelers face
  • Approaching estimations, markups and profits
  • Utilizing the proper mindset
  • And more…

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Ep.166: Why It’s Critical to Invest in The Next Generation with Andrew Schmidt

The labor shortage has been a frequent topic on this show, and this episode is going to join the ranks.  Guest Andrew Schmidt is here to talk about AMEK’s apprentice and internship program, and the importance of investing in future generations.

Andrew and his twin brother started their business as roofing installers in 1996, and have grown into a leading design-build firm in Minneapolis and St Paul. They have vacillated over the years, from employing and training carpenters to using all subcontractors. Currently, AMEK operates a hybrid model of carpenters and subcontractors when the job dictates it.

Victoria, Mark and Andrew talk more about:

  • Hiring the right people
  • The training and development process
  • Creating an engaged culture
  • And more…

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Ep.160: Surviving Post-Pandemic: How Do You Find Balance in Your World? with Bob Logan

Our lives have been turned upside down due to the pandemic, especially in the construction industry.  Dealing with supply chain issues, a critical shortage of labor (especially craftsmen), and lingering concerns about COVID-19, many are stuck wondering how to get through it all. However, all of this has also helped provide perspective about moving forward.  So, how do we move forward?  Guest Bob Logan has some answers.

With nearly 30 years as a development and corporate relations professional in a university setting, Bob Logan has seen it all.  He is the president of Find Your Path LLC and has helped with missions to Mars, coached football in Italy, and raised millions of dollars in philanthropy.  His experience as a motivational speaker and business consultant brings a new perspective to this episode that you do not want to miss.

Victoria, Mark and Bob talk more about:

  • Being able to accept  potential risk
  • Dealing with change
  • Facing failure
  • And more…

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