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DIY Valentine

February 13th, 2018|

I spend a lot of time picking out the perfect cards for birthdays, anniversaries, and of course Valentine's Day. I realized that the message I typically have written in every card, no matter the occasion, is always about the same:

“Beat the Boss…”

February 6th, 2018|

In 1982 I had just moved to Juneau, Alaska to work for BCD Construction. My entire framing crew was new. We had been working together for just a few weeks and were starting to get the feel for each other.

“Fill ‘er Up”

January 30th, 2018|

When I was 14-years-old I began working my first job. My buddy and I both got jobs at a neighborhood gas station and we both thought that was the coolest thing. After a few months I thought I was starting to get the hang of it.

Permit to Success

January 23rd, 2018|

About six years ago, I got my first learner's permit. I was eager to learn to drive so I could buy my own car and quit bumming rides. Unfortunately, life became so busy that I never got a chance to practice driving.

Flying Through the Air

January 16th, 2018|

I was working at a brand new, enormous, state-of-the-art shop with two huge overhead cranes that ran the length of the shop. They ran on high voltage tracks mounted on top of huge I-beams.

Who Moved My Stuff?

January 9th, 2018|

Last Thursday, October 26th, we had an all plant meeting. We started having them every two weeks to discuss all of the issues that have come up over the previous month. The plant supervisor, Emma, had brought up the fact that some of the crates used for cleaning supplies keep coming up missing.

Smiles Are Spreading

January 2nd, 2018|

The assignment we were given at session 3 of the Leadership Development Lab was to apply 5x More Enthusiasm to some task we had been procrastinating on or just seemed to be stuck.

Contagious Headaches

December 26th, 2017|

Back in 1995 I was a young 19-year-old working on my first pipe crew project. We were laying 66" concrete pipe. I was very new to pipe work.

DARE To Be On Time

December 19th, 2017|

Recently one of my team members showed up for work 15 to 25 minutes late three days in a row without contacting me or one of the managers ahead of time to advise us of "the problem."

Up to the Challenge

December 12th, 2017|

At the beginning of summer, I was given a job that was going to be an extreme challenge for me as our Shop Lead. This was not your typical do-it-every-day project.