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Completing The Hiring Continuum

Business owners know that one of the most important factors in the success or failure of a company is making good hires. The ability to grow a company over the long-term and successfully navigate growth is based largely on the ability of the owner to manage the critical resources of time, people and money. So

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Yellow Flag Racing; 5 Things to Focus on in Pit Row

In any Nascar race, there are several times during the race when full speed racing has been interrupted or slowed down due to an obstruction on the track, usually caused by an accident or track conditions. A yellow caution flag is presented, requiring slower speeds, no passing, etc. The pace car emerges from pit row

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Make Time for Strategic Planning

Wouldn’t it be great to have the time to really step back, think about your business and make sure that you’re clear on your goals, using the right strategies, and making sure that your team is well-informed and motivated? But we all know that a successful business has too much going on to have time

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Becoming an Employer of Choice

It’s 4:15 on Wednesday afternoon. Your production manager, who’s been with you for more than 18 years, walks into your office and gives you notice that he’s retiring at the end of the month. While it’s not a complete surprise, the timing was much sooner than you expected. However, he says concerns about his health

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Get LEAN: Start by Finding Your Traffic Backups

I can’t tell you how many times I hear people decide that the best way to implement continuous process improvement is to meticulously document all of their processes — from end to end, in order, starting with the incoming lead and ending with the final punch list and payment.  On the surface, it’s a logical

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Telling Your Remodeling Company’s Story

When it comes to marketing your remodeling company, how well do you tell its story? Some companies do this very well, yet most struggle to tell a compelling story that resonates with customers. If you’re not telling your story well, you’re leaving only one way for customers to compare you to other remodelers — PRICE!

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Find Extra Days, Get One More Job per Year

We talk a lot about process improvement. How can we make our processes easier, better, faster and ultimately cheaper. And most of the remodeling companies I get to work with have given considerable thought to improving their processes.  But once major changes are made, continuous improvement is much more about finding the small, incremental changes

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To Showroom or Not to Showroom: Questions to Ask

It’s a big step, and for many it’s an important milestone. Opening that showroom — with a retail presence, road visibility, product selections, impressive company signs, office space, and warehouse space can be the right strategy for a growing remodeling company.  At the same time, the cost of acquisition, buildout, staffing, and maintenance can be

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Use Your Workplace Layout to Attack Slippage

Here at Remodelers Advantage we set aside the month of June to focus on an issue that plagues most service-based businesses, but can be a critical metric in looking at the success of a remodeling firm. This is our third annual “Slippage Awareness Month” and this year you’ll see content submissions from our consulting, sales, and

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[LEAN Blog Post] Start Small, Get LEAN

We are excited to launch a blog dedicated specifically to the world of LEAN Process Improvement for remodeling companies. Doug Howard, Director of Consulting for Remodelers Advantage, will continue to bring you timely and critical information about this segment of our industry. Today’s PowerTip is a re-post from Doug’s most recent blog post.   One

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