Management en A. O. Smith names Kevin Wheeler president, chief operating officer <div class="node-body article-body">A. O. Smith Corporation (NYSE:AOS) today announced that Kevin J. Wheeler has been named president and chief operating officer.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Management Mon, 22 May 2017 15:20:00 +0000 435931 at Tech’s aren’t chickens, and neither are plumbers! <div class="node-body article-body">I couldn’t help but associate our desire to hire, train and cultivate “superstar” technicians and plumbers in the same way that farmers want superior chickens. </div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Best Practices Silver Fri, 19 May 2017 20:47:00 +0000 435921 at Hiring job-jumpers: go find yourself a Boomeranger! <div class="node-body article-body">Another group of job-jumpers we should consider are the “boomerangers.” These are people who used to work for you and then got hired by someone else. Time passes, and you have a need for their skills again, so — like a boomerang — they come back. </div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Best Practices Silver Thu, 18 May 2017 13:19:00 +0000 435701 at Don’t walk away from your contracting business on a “Day of Doubt” <div class="field-byline"> By Ellen Rohr </div> <div class="node-body article-body">The day you walk away from your contracting business will be on a day of certainty … not on a Day of Doubt! </div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Best Practices Tue, 16 May 2017 20:31:00 +0000 435851 at “A Touch of Genius” <div class="field-byline"> By Mark Matteson </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Ben Franklin once wrote, “If you want immortality; write something worth reading or live a life so compelling, you are written about!” Mr. Lawrence did both. </div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Business Development Fri, 12 May 2017 20:58:00 +0000 435791 at 7 Tools of professional plumbers <div class="node-body article-body">Every day plumbers are dispatched without sales and marketing tools or the training to use them.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Marketing Silver Thu, 11 May 2017 21:07:00 +0000 435721 at Fabricating through the workforce crisis <div class="node-body article-body">Now that the industry is short by thousands of workers, contractors can work through the problem by fabricating complicated assemblies in their shops and delivering them to jobsites ready to install.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Book of Giants Management Silver Thu, 11 May 2017 20:53:00 +0000 435711 at iStock/Thinkstock Tool tracking app creates accountability, accessibility <div class="node-body article-body">Keeping track of tools shared among crew in the field can be difficult — figuring out “who has what and is it available” can be confounding and time consuming.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Feldmans Technology Silver Thu, 11 May 2017 17:45:00 +0000 435691 at iStock/Thinkstock How to beat IRS double-tax monster ... legally <div class="node-body article-body">Are you lucky enough to be rich (my definition of rich: you are irrevocably in the highest income tax bracket and highest estate tax bracket)?</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Blackman Taxes Silver Thu, 11 May 2017 17:32:00 +0000 435681 at iStock/Thinkstock Important conversations that never happen, but should — Pt. 1 <div class="node-body article-body">You have two ears and only one mouth. Listen to the consumer to find out what their wishes, wants, needs and expectations are before you speak.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Eatherton Radiant Silver Thu, 11 May 2017 17:11:00 +0000 435671 at