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I, WE, YOU

June 27th, 2017|

Midway through our wiring contract on a new retail store, my plate was full to overflowing. There were more to-do items being added to my To-Be-Done list every day.

Measured Response

June 20th, 2017|

Our company has a standard procedure that requires crew foremen to fill out daily time cards for their entire crew. The foreman does this on his laptop and sends the information to the office at the end of each workday.

Stopping the Leaks

June 13th, 2017|

On a Tuesday morning not long ago, I stopped by unannounced to see the president of the largest, most successful general contractor in Salem, Oregon. He has been a client and friend since 1989.

4H’s

June 6th, 2017|

Leadership is a choice, not a position, and following is a choice, not a requirement. Management is charged with the responsibility of maximizing the value of all resources.

Win the Race

May 30th, 2017|

Extend your vision when moving fast
Yesterday afternoon I met with Jim Merryman, CEO of Oregon Freeze Dry. OFD, as they are now known, is a 53-year-old, 500 employee, food processing […]

Shower of Success

May 23rd, 2017|

About three weeks ago, I was asked by my Superintendent to get the showers turned back on, for the #2 paper machine presses. Having the showers off was causing lots of problems; drop-offs, more shutdowns, too caustic, and loss of felts.

Sunday Call

May 16th, 2017|

I was sitting at home on Sunday afternoon watching TV. When my phone rang, I answered and said 'Hello,’ Roy started yelling at me.

Proving Myself

May 9th, 2017|

In 2009, I was tasked as Foreman to do the electrical work on a new ground up Taco Bell in North Portland, just off of 82nd Ave.

Now I See

May 2nd, 2017|

In December, just before Christmas, my 79-year-old aunt was in a rehab facility. I was hearing the term 'failure to thrive' from several of her doctors. How could this be?

Coaching a Challenging Employee

April 25th, 2017|

A couple of weeks ago, my Foreman came to me and told me that he was having trouble with one of the operators on his job. Jerry was tasked with stacking dirt from two crews.