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Up On the Roof

March 12th, 2019|

It was the middle of our wet November, and we were working on a project near Tigard, OR. Edan, a new member of our crew, was about to begin work on one of our jobs. His task was to reattach a sky light on our client's building roof.

Measuring Up

March 5th, 2019|

In 2006, my crew and I, at the Caterpillar (CAT) dealership in Portland, Oregon, were trying to create a more efficient shop. Caterpillar had just come out with a contamination control program and set a cleanliness standard for all CAT dealers.

Brainstorming Bridge Builders

February 26th, 2019|

I am working on a high-profile Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) project that involves one of the major connectors to I-5. When construction began, ODOT faced the public's negative reaction to the traffic impact and criticism from the region's elected representatives.

Making Your Team Count

February 19th, 2019|

Utilizing the new time management techniques from the LDL has positively affected the way I work. About a year ago, we restructured the way the clients each of us are responsible for get assigned.

Lewis & Clark Trail: Volume III

February 12th, 2019|

May 21, 1804, Saint Charles, MO. After four months of preparation, purchasing and packing supplies for the journey, the careful selection of the 33-man company, and the supplemental training required, President Jefferson's Corps of Discovery was staged and ready to go.

Permission Granted

February 5th, 2019|

I received notice that I should meet with the officials at the Building Department office. I expected the building permit application I submitted for review was ready and they would release the permit to me at the conclusion of the meeting, instead, to my surprise, they gave me an additional comment sheet.

Wake Up Call

January 29th, 2019|

On Friday morning of last week, I got a call at 5:30 AM from one of my employees complaining that another crew member didn't show up at the job. I was enraged!

Passed the Test

January 22nd, 2019|

In the winter of 2007, I was getting ready to leave on vacation the next morning, when my boss called. He was calling to tell me he had a more permanent arrangement in mind. He laid me off.

19 in 19

January 15th, 2019|

In the last three Turbochargers, I suggested you set 19 goals for 2019. Are 19 goals in 2019 too many or too few for you? I wrote out my goals for 2019, with the idea of 19 in mind, 19 wasn't enough. My initial list for 2019 is 25 goals.

Anti-Distraction Actions

January 8th, 2019|

Last Friday, on the drive from the Atlanta airport to Loganville, Georgia traffic completely stopped and then crawled along. I was tired and wanted to get home. I wondered, "What's the holdup?"