[Podcast] Episode 58: How LEAN Principles Have Improved My Business with Paul Kowalski

We’ve talked about LEAN before on the show with our own experts, but you may wonder what it looks like in the real world. Today we’ll hear about using LEAN in the remodeling business from an award-winning design-build company that focuses on residential remodeling. In this episode, Paul Kowalski shares his experiences in applying LEAN…

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Getting Insight Into the Client Experience

Getting Insight Into the Client Experience

I’ve been talking for a long time about the importance of a great client experience. I got some insight recently that reinforces what I’ve been trying to get across to Production teams all over the country. I was with a contractor who’s having his own house built. He is subbing it out, not trying to…

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[Podcast] Episode 57: How to Capture Cost-Effective, Exclusive Leads by Blogging with Mike Foti

We’re big believers in the power of blogging to generate interest and business. Today we’re talking to someone in the trenches who’s also a believer, because it’s helped him in growing his business, gaining credibility, elevating customer loyalty, and  — most importantly — generating cost-effective, exclusive leads. In this episode, Mike Foti discusses his business…

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The Good and Bad of BYOD, and Why You Need a Policy

The Good and Bad of BYOD, and Why You Need a Policy

BYOD, or Bring Your Own Device, is common in small- to medium-sized organization like remodeling companies. Your employees use their own phones, tablets, and sometimes laptops in their business operations. A CBS MoneyWatch survey says more than 67% of workers use one or more of their own devices at work, and that doesn’t seem to…

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[Podcast] Episode 56: The Secret to Successful Employee Reviews with Allison Iantosca

When it comes to performance reviews, the times, they are a-changin’. Though some managers and employees might still like a good old-fashioned numeric ranking, most prefer to take charge of their destinies — working with together to set goals and spur professional development. Allison Iantosca talks to Victoria and Mark about why we all need…

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

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…

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[Podcast] Episode 55: Why and How to Start Your Own Podcast

In an extremely meta podcast, we talk about podcasting — and the top reasons you should start your own. We were prompted by an email from a Roundtables member asking why and how to do it. Podcasting is growing by leaps and bounds — 51% of the population has listened to a podcast. Of those listening,…

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