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“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.

Crushing the Competition

December 5th, 2017|

Back in fall 2007 while with my former employer an opportunity arose to perform a large demo project for Solar World at the old Kumatsu plant in Hillsboro, Oregon. It was a large, fast-paced, bid job with more than the usual severe risk and damage clauses.

Let Go to Grow

November 28th, 2017|

I had been in a lead role for 25 years when I was assigned a project that would be a showcase for me and my crew. I've always taken the responsibility of running work as a huge obligation.