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Overflowing Files

June 12th, 2018|

My position generates a lot of paperwork: payroll reports, subcontracts, billings, etc. The part of my job I hate the most is filing! I will use any way possible to avoid it. One of my latest strategies has been to pawn it off to our scale clerk to complete between trucks.

Crash Landing

June 5th, 2018|

It was an unusually cloudy day in central Oregon. Shane, a regular customer pulled his big rig in to our shop. Everyone in our branch knew we were scheduled to put tires on the front of this important customer's semi.

Rounding Round Rocks

May 29th, 2018|

We had a project at an adult care center going from the ground up. To get power to the site I had to get a 4" conduit across 250' of existing pavement.

Missing Holes

May 22nd, 2018|

I have been dealing with a lot of issues on my current project, one of which is the framers completely missing a lot of our openings where the duct work is to go through the walls.

The Standards Test

May 15th, 2018|

Upon reviewing a sieve analysis test report submitted by our lab technician, Bill, I noticed that the reported mass of material retained on one of the screens was over the maximum allowable mass, as spelled out in the test procedure.

Favorite Part of Working Here?

May 8th, 2018|

In week one of the Leadership Development Lab I was challenged to make a 90-day goal. My goal was to meet with each person in our company and get feedback on ways we could improve management. I asked each employee the same four questions:

Re-Ignite Your All-Stars

May 1st, 2018|

Engage with acknowledgement
Louis, foreman for a fence and deck construction company in Vancouver, Washington, told session six of the Leadership Development Lab:

“When I chose my pearl*, I chose one of our foremen, John. He […]

Fame and Fortune

April 24th, 2018|

It was a Thursday night in July. We were at the Madras Speedway (a quarter-mile, high bank, dirt track) around 7PM.

Who Stole My Pills

April 17th, 2018|

Don’t judge too quickly

Tyler, assistant manager for a tire store in Redmond, Oregon told session five of the Leadership Development Lab…

“It was a stormy day on top of Mount Hood. Snowboarding season was […]

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.