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Ready, Set, Hire!

by Brian Nolan on 02/24

Ready, Set, Hire!

How much time to do spend thinking about hiring the right employees?  Now consider how much time to you spend on implementing creative approaches to recruiting new employees.  Do you have a recruiting budget or are you still depending on a “help wanted” ad on craigslist to bring you in the abundance of great employees you need to achieve your goals?  Are you still looking for only experienced painters?  Are you fitting in recruiting activities at the end of a long day? 

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Guest Post: Establishing Values to Build a Rock Star Team

by Colin Nolan on 02/05

Guest Post: Establishing Values to Build a Rock Star Team

*Thanks to Mike Moffit for this guest post. Mike is the owner of DMP Painting located in Wakefield, RI. He has been with Summit for over 9 years.

 

A company’s most important assets are its people. This has been a mantra that we’ve all chanted year after year. Over the last year, here at Dennis Moffitt Painting, we’ve put more effort into what our culture is and what type of person we really WANT to work with.  Understanding the type of person we want to work with has helped us develop what our core values are. At first, I really struggled with the concept, likely because the answer was not readily available and I wasn’t sure how to make it real. But, the driving motivator that fueled me to fix the problem, was, “I really want to like the people I work with!”

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Your 2016 Vision and Goals

by Conal Mulreany on 01/07

Your 2016 Vision and Goals

Companies that hit their goals don’t do so flying by the seat of their pants; they come up with a plan and stick to it! Many of you’re working on this year’s business plan, looking at projected revenue, growth, FOS goals, equipment needs, training and much more. It’s safe to say you’re expanding your vision; you’re trying to get your head around this plan. Hint! Don’t go it alone, involve your team!

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Big Rocks and Action Items

by Kathryn Freeman on 12/11

Big Rocks and Action Items

For most of you, the budgeting process for 2016 is complete and, as Brian wrote in our last blog, now is the time to move into the annual planning that will make all that revenue happen.  I want to take this opportunity to focus in on the Annual Action Item list.  This list, in conjunction with your Big Rocks, will be your GPS for the upcoming year.  Let’s take a few minutes to work on how you develop it!

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9 Elements to Developing your 2016 Business Plan

by Brian Nolan on 11/23

9 Elements to Developing your 2016 Business Plan

It’s that time of year again! The days are shorter, it gets dark at 4:30 and the phones are quieting down. Sounds like it’s time to work on a 2016 business plan! At Summit, we coach to plan annually and update quarterly.  Here are our top 9 Elements to consider for your plan:

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The Art of Decision Making

by Brian Nolan on 10/28

I recently gave a seminar on “decision making” at the Summit Regional Workshops.  The topic continues to intrigue me.  As business owners, we’re confronted with decisions all day long.  Some people make them quick (too quick) while others fail to ever make a decision (paralysis by analysis).   Below are my principles of decision making:

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The E-Myth Revisted By Michael Gerber

by Colin Nolan on 10/09

This past week, I read The E-Myth Revisited by Michael Gerber. I’m sure many of you have either read or heard of this book before, as it is the de facto Summit Bible. For those who are unfamiliar, the E-Myth, or the Entrepreneurial Myth, tackles the belief that everyone who has started and runs their own business is an entrepreneur. In reality, these people are often experts at a craft. They could have been a baker, doctor, lawyer, realtor, chef or even a painter or paver. Whatever their profession, at one point in their careers they were taken hostage by the “Entrepreneurial seizure”. 

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Giving Feedback- Part 2

by Andrew Amrhein on 09/01

A couple weeks ago, I wrote an article about the difficulties of giving feedback.  In this post, I’ll be going a step farther to discuss how successful leaders in Summit have overcome this challenge.

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Training: There is no time like the Present!

by Kathryn Freeman on 07/28

High Summer.  Busy busy busy.  We are all stuck in the middle of too many projects, too many fires to put out, too many employees running around without direction.

The answer to making that all go away is simple.  Training.  I know, I can hear you from here, who has time to train, I have TOO MUCH TO DO!  But really, you have nothing short of a family emergency that is more important than training.  Training is how the information about your business gets transmitted from one person to the next.  Make sure it is done the way you want.

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Time to Refocus: 90 Day Plans

by Brian Nolan on 07/10

While hard to believe, we’re half way through 2015… Are you accomplishing your goals? Are you focused? Do you know what winning looks like?

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