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Get a Handle on Errors

April 10th, 2018|

A couple of weeks ago I was approached by a journeyman in our assembly area who said he had a problem. As soon as I saw the handle Adam was holding in his hand I knew immediately he was not following the quality standards we ask for at GSM.

From Part-Time to Manager

April 3rd, 2018|

In 2010, I was a single mom working 70+ hours a week as a restaurant manager. The pay was good and I needed all the money I could earn because I had just purchased a house.

Coaching Performance

March 27th, 2018|

My best friend asked me to coach his daughter's softball team and he said he would help as an assistant coach. I agreed to do it, even though this was my first-time coaching girls.

“That Takes the Cake”

March 20th, 2018|

I was hired to setup and coordinate a wedding for an amazing couple. It took about two hours for my staff and I to get everything ready for the wedding.

Taking Time Makes Time

March 13th, 2018|

In week two of the Leadership Development Lab we were asked to set a goal and share it with our work team. I set a goal to quadruple the average daily output of our inventory team.

Up and Down

March 6th, 2018|

Like a jerky old elevator ride
Chase, project manager for an electrical contractor in Vancouver, Washington, told session seven of the Leadership Development Lab…

“As we began planning our part of a new project, […]

“Avoid Feeling Foolish”

February 27th, 2018|

Early in my career I had a supervisor who was rather crusty, just a bit difficult to be around. He could be a real pain in the butt.

Fired It Up

February 20th, 2018|

We had just installed six roof top units (RTU's) in a new commercial building. Our installation was completed but the other crafts were still working on the site trying to get the new building ready for handoff to the owners.

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.