[Video] All Together Now: Getting Your Team to Buy In

Growing your remodeling company often means you have to change your processes and systems to keep operating efficiently. And as hard as that can be, sometimes it’s the easy part. The challenge comes with getting your team on board with you.

It’s common for some employees to ignore the new systems and keep doing what they’ve always done. They may fear or fight the new methods because they don’t understand the reasoning behind it.

In today’s PowerTips, we take a look back at a PowerTips TV episode that shows you how to get buy-in from your team.

Victoria details how to get your employees on board with the new processes that will help you grow, by making them understand what it means to them — and your clients, including:

  • Getting discussions flowing
  • Setting goals
  • Making commitments, and keeping them

Change can be hard. But if you ask the right questions, have good answers, and put a premium on open communication, you can get your team working with you, not against you.

It’s Awards Season… Are you Prepared to Win?

Your inbox is probably similar to mine, with half a dozen emails from industry publications and organizations asking for nominations and entries into various industry awards competitions.

In today’s PowerTips we throw it back to a previous episode of PowerTips TV as Victoria walks through “Tips & Tactics” when looking at entering, winning and then publicizing industry awards. Enjoy!

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If there is one thing the Remodeling Industry does well, it’s recognizing great work and well-run companies.

You can’t open a trade magazine or visit an industry-related website without seeing some mention of an award-winning firm being recognized for something.
These awards are great for your business if you can get them!

Prospects are looking for them on your websites and collateral and they create great Press opportunities, which is basically free advertising for you.

But how do you do it? How do you leverage it when you do win one? And if you’ve already won a few, how do you keep the trend going?

In this episode of PowerTips TV, Victoria walks you through the process of entering the competition, being selected as an award winner and what to do if you win!

Hey Award Winners out there… Did we miss anything? Do you have any advice to share on how to submit or win an award? Have you done something unique in promoting your award? Please share your experience in the comments below.

The Most Dangerous Thing you Face as a Remodeling Business Owner; PowerTipsTV Throw-Back

As we get into a new year and shed the end-of-year and holiday chaos, we wanted to throw it back to a PowerTipsTV Episode dealing with a hidden danger that so many remodelers ignore until it sneaks up on them. Don’t miss this one!

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As a remodeling business owner there’s a danger lurking out there that often gets dismissed or ignored until it’s too late… Know what it is?

Well doctors often call it “the silent killer” and it’s just that.. it festers and hides and sneaks up on you… It’s STRESS!

As a business owner you’re more at risk than most because of the inherent stress that comes with owning a business (payroll, finances, HR, etc.) and as a REMODELER you have to pile on the added stress of working under deadlines, pressure from clients, problems on jobsites… and the list goes on..

Feel It? Just hearing this list can raise your blood pressure, right?

Check out the stats from WedMD:

  • 75% – 90% of all doctor’s office visits are for stress-related ailments and complaints.
  • Stress can lead to problems such as headaches, high blood pressure, heart problems, diabetes, skin conditions, asthma, arthritis, depression, anxiety and more.
  • The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) declared stress a known & recognized hazard of the workplace;
  • Stress costs business in the U.S. more than $300 billion annually.

What about you? What are some ways you reduce and fight stress in your life?

Please share your experience in the comments below.

Small Business Cyber Threats – Are You at Risk?

Cyber Attacks and Threats only happen to the big guys, right? Banks, .COM Retailers, big corporations, right?

Not so fast…. You’re at risk more than ever and it’s only going to get worse…

The reality is that as the big companies spend millions on cyber security, the bad guys are now setting their sights on easier targets… YOU! The Small Business guy!

According to companies like Verizon and UPS Capital:

  • Almost two-thirds of all cyber attacks are now directed at small business & Individuals.
  • 61% of breaches hit small businesses last year, up from the previous year’s 53%.
  • Cyber attacks cost small businesses an average of between $84K – $148K per incident.
  • 60% of small businesses go out of business within six months of an attack.
  • 90% of small business don’t use data protection for company & customer information.

So what can you do to protect yourself? I’m not going to get technical here but I CAN break it down to two things to start off with.

  1. Protect your Data – that means working with your “computer guy” – whether it’s someone on staff or a vendor – and get security software installed on ALL of your computers, phones, tablets.. yep those too! Anything that connects to the internet in the office or in the field.
  2. Back-up your Data – Whether it’s a portable drive that you take with you off-site every night, or perhaps an online service like Carbonite, Crashplan or even DropBox… that backs up your data so it can’t be attacked or held hostage.

There’s so much more to this but hopefully this has you paying attention to it… Talk with your IT person or vendor to make sure you are protected and work with your team to:

  • Be aware and informed
  • Know the policies and procedures that your team will be following
  • Know the warning signs to look for if hacked and the steps that need to be taken if it does happen to your business.

Anyone out there experience a hack or have you taken some additional precautions you want to share? Please share your experience in the comments below.

Thanks, and I’ll see you next Thursday.

6 Ways to Motivate Your ENTIRE Team

I was reading an article in INC Magazine about motivating sales teams and I noticed that many of the concepts suggested to push a sales team to succeed, would also work nicely for everyone in the company.

So, this article talked about different ways to motive a sales team, beyond of course a commission check, which is often what so many businesses focus on.

Perhaps because so many remodeling companies out there are sales & marketing focused, I wanted to share these 6 ways to motive your ENTIRE team for success.

1. Set goals

Again, beyond any type of quota or commission, what are some group and even individual goals that you can set to keep everyone moving forward?

Get to know your team… what motivates them? Food? Free time? Stuff for the office? Perhaps create a contest or fun way for team members or departments to compete for a prize.

2. Focus on Purpose

Share the mission of the company at your weekly, monthly or quarterly meetings; make sure everyone is aware of the vision and how each of them plays an integral part.

This is especially important to the younger people on your team… they love that stuff and it’s been proven that turnover decreases as more team members commit to a common mission.

3. Build Trust of Leadership

Nothing kills morale more than when a team no longer respects or trusts their leader.

Build trust by being a “firm & fair” manager, being direct and straightforward as possible and make your team feel appreciated and engaged.

4. Work Across Siloes

As your team grows each department may begin to internalize and “silo” and this can breed finger-pointing and blame when something goes wrong.

Think about how your sales & production teams interact, for example.

Come up with some team building exercises you can do, where teams are made up of representatives from various department and each team must solve a problem, puzzle or challenge.

5. Create a Culture of Recognition

While some team members feel more comfortable receiving praise and recognition than others; it’s a great way to motive the team and call-out individuals who go above and beyond.

Don’t just do it at the end of the year… get on a regular schedule of recognizing these “go-getters” at weekly or monthly meetings.

6. Get Creative

Recognition means way more when it’s memorable and personal…

Monthly winners get to sit in a special chair at the weekly meetings and park in the VIP spot for a month. Send a letter home to the employees family sharing the news of the recognition. That always goes over well!

Call them out on social media so their family and friends know what a great job they are doing too.

How about you?

How do you motivate your team members? What tactics have worked best for you? What tactics haven’t worked? Please share your experience in the comments below.

And, if you haven’t subscribed to PowerTips yet, please hit the button at the end of this video.. right after the bloopers…

Thanks, and I’ll see you next week.

The Most Dangerous Thing you Face as a Remodeling Business Owner

As a remodeling business owner there’s a danger lurking out there that often gets dismissed or ignored until it’s too late… Know what it is?

Well doctors often call it “the silent killer” and it’s just that.. it festers and hides and sneaks up on you… It’s STRESS!

As a business owner you’re more at risk than most because of the inherent stress that comes with owning a business (payroll, finances, HR, etc.)

and as a REMODELER you have to pile on the added stress of working under deadlines, pressure from clients, problems on jobsites.. and the list goes on..

Feel It? Just hearing this list can raise your blood pressure, right?

Check out the stats from WedMD:

  • 75% – 90% of all doctor’s office visits are for stress-related ailments and complaints.
  • Stress can lead to problems such as headaches, high blood pressure, heart problems, diabetes, skin conditions, asthma, arthritis, depression, anxiety and more.
  • The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) declared stress a known & recognized hazard of the workplace;
  • Stress costs business in the U.S. more than $300 billion annually.

What about you? What are some ways you reduce and fight stress in your life?

Please share your experience in the comments below.

And, if you haven’t subscribed to PowerTips yet, please hit the button at the end of this video.. right after the bloopers…

Thanks, and I’ll see you next Thursday.

Special Edition of PowerTips TV: Award Winner

We wanted to kick off 2018 PowerTips TV with a special edition Throw-back. Right before we closed up shop for the holidays, we received word that our own Mark Harari won a MarCom Gold Award for his work on the Summit Kickoff Video we presented in Minneapolis in September.

According to their website, “MarCom Awards honors excellence in marketing and communication while recognizing the creativity, hard work and generosity of industry professionals.”

“Since its inception in 2004, the MarCom has evolved into one of the largest, most-respected creative competitions in the world. Each year about 6,000 print and digital entries are submitted from dozens of countries.” That’s a big deal… Great Job, Mark!!

Whether you were able to attend Summit or not, watch this video to get you and your team pumped for a great start to 2018… Can’t wait to see everyone in New Orleans in September!


PowerTips Throw-back Thursday: “9 Keys to a Company Wellness Plan”

The Holidays can be a tough time to stay on track of personal wellness, especially when it comes to indulging in the great food, treats, drinks, etc. and exercise gets tougher with colder weather hitting much of the country.

Today we’re throwing it back to a PowerTips TV Episode that takes a closer look at implementing a wellness plan, not only for owners and managers, but for the whole team as well. Get your team on track to hit the ground running (literally) in the New Year… Enjoy!


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Have you ever wished you were in better physical shape? Do you find yourself watching your weight at home but totally ignore calories when you’re at work? Or are you working so much that you’re not taking the time you need to work out and be healthy?

Well, in this week’s episode, I’ll give you a blueprint for creating a company-wide wellness plan that’s sure to get everyone in shape! A huge thank you to the Bellamy Construction team for inspiring this awesome episode of PowerTips TV!

What about you?

Do you have any other suggestions on how to implement a wellness plan for your team? Please share your thoughts in the comments below!


And the Winner Is… How to Win Awards & What to Do If you Win

If there is one thing the Remodeling Industry does well, it’s recognizing great work and well-run companies.

You can’t open a trade magazine or visit an industry-related website without seeing some mention of an award-winning firm being recognized for something.
These awards are great for your business if you can get them!

Prospects are looking for them on your websites and collateral and they create great Press opportunities, which is basically free advertising for you.

But how do you do it? How do you leverage it when you do win one? And if you’ve already won a few, how do you keep the trend going?

In this episode of PowerTips TV, Victoria walks you through the process of entering the competition, being selected as an award winner and what to do if you win!

Hey Award Winners out there… Did we miss anything? Do you have any advice to share on how to submit or win an award? Have you done something unique in promoting your award? Please share your experience in the comments below.

And, if you haven’t subscribed to PowerTips yet, please click on the button at the end of the video above.