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Founded in 1985 by Larry W. Dennis, Sr., Turbo Leadership Systems is an executive team building and leadership skills development organization. Turbo Leadership Systems has worked closely for 31 years with management teams of over 200 client companies in manufacturing, construction, distribution, food service, professional services, guest services, and healthcare.
Each Tuesday, we post a 500-word true story from leaders just like you. Benefit from what they’ve learned.

June 2019

Bumper Cars

June 11th, 2019|

Every Monday at the Sam Barlow High School job site, we have our regularly scheduled safety meetings. I had noticed that after every meeting all 110 construction tradesmen had to walk through the school's parking lot to get over to our designated work area.

Fire In The Belly

June 4th, 2019|

A week ago, one of my key team members showed up at the GAPS Elementary School job site; his first day on the job 2½ hours late!

May 2019

The $20,000 Key

May 28th, 2019|

Earlier this spring, we were closing out a project when the owner requested the return of the three hard copy keys we were issued. I had two of the three keys but we were missing the third key.

The Octopus

May 21st, 2019|

There were some significant challenges on the remodel of theOregon State Capitol HVAC, piping project. These historic buildings are not seismically upgraded, and are occupied.

*Let It Be Their Idea

May 14th, 2019|

In the winter of 2018, I was working on a Washington County Public Service Center project. The general contractor hired a new superintendent.

Eeyore, Get the Furnace!

May 7th, 2019|

It was spring of 1985 when I started working with a new apprentice. He was a good kid, and we had many good times and laughs.

April 2019

100% Over-Baked

April 30th, 2019|

In November 2010, I was the shop lead foreman for a powdercoating company. We had landed a $2.1 million annual contract with an important new customer, Korvis Automation.

$8M In 6 Seconds

April 23rd, 2019|

It was the spring of 2012. I was attending John Brown University in Siloam Springs, Arkansas. I was working hard on the biggest assignment of my college career - an estimating project worth 50% of my final grade.

Home Run!

April 16th, 2019|

It all started in 2007, when I was drafting my Little League baseball team. There was a kid, unlike the rest of the kids. This kid was, by all accounts trouble with a capital 'T'.

Put It In Writing

April 9th, 2019|

In early the spring of 2019, I was working at a new school inAlbany, OR. We had foremen job progress meetings every Monday. Due to unplanned for conditions, the carpenters, who worked for the general contractor, were having problems getting materials needed to the start their parts of the project.