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Growth Strategies for Your Restoration Company

06 May
May 6, 2015

Episode 22

Featured Guest: Jack Dennison – The Restoration Entrepreneur (Pueblo, CO)

Summary: Growing your restoration company is possible! The Restoration Nation welcomes industry consultant Jack Dennison. He provides a high-level strategic and motivational overview on how to get on the path to growth. The advice offered here will help sharpen your focus and encourage steps in the right direction.

The Restoration Nation Challenge: How and when do you take time to decompress and meditate on your business? Who is your business mentor?

Business Resources:

Good to Great by Jim Collins

Built to Last by Jim Collins

Guest Contact Info:

Jack’s business website

Jack’s LinkedIn Profile

Jack’s Blog

What do hiring mistakes cost your company?

25 Apr
April 25, 2015

Below is a copy of a blog from our friend Gary Wilbers at Ascend Business Strategies. The Restoration Nation thought the content would be valuable for our listeners so Gary allowed us to use it here. If you like the content, do not miss out on Gary’s interview on the podcast!

 

From Ascend Business Strategies:

All companies face the challenge of hiring just the right person for a position, but have you ever stopped and tried to figure out what the true cost is for a bad hire? In a recent poll by Vitamin T Staffing, 41% of companies estimate a bad hire cost more than $25,000 and 25% said it cost them over $50,000! It’s no secret organizations live and die by the bottom line and their return on investment of its employees . . . a bad hire will drastically impacts your profitability. Read more →

8 Steps + 5 Core Competencies = Successful Hires

22 Apr
April 22, 2015

Episode 21

Featured Guest: Gary Wilbers – Ascend Business Strategies (Jefferson City, MO)

Summary: “Slow to hire and quick to fire” makes everything about staffing your business simple, right? Not so fast! Obviously finding and retaining the best people for your company is important. It is also a serious challenge. Do you have a structured process for hiring employees? If not, it is costing you money. Spend time today with business coach and hiring expert, Gary Wilbers of Ascend Business Strategies. He shares his thoughts on how restoration contractors can improve their hiring process.

The Restoration Nation Challenge: What is your employee turnover rate? Do you keep trying the same hiring methods and expecting different results?

Motivational Quote:

“Goals: It’s like having your headlights on because you know where you are going.” By Gary Wilbers

Business Resources:

The Energy Bus by Jon Gordon

The Entrepreneur Roller Coaster by Darren Hardy

Guest Contact Info:

Gary’s business website

Gary’s personal website

Gary’s LinkedIn Profile

Gary’s Blog

The Art and Science of Invoicing for Claims

27 Mar
March 27, 2015

Episode 20

Featured Guest: Andrew McCabe – Claims Delegates (Eugene, OR)

Episode Sponsor: Esporta Wash Systems

Summary: Invoicing and documentation is a key component of a restoration contractor’s services. It often times separates the average companies from the elite. This week The Restoration Nation focuses on what we can do to improve our processes and align our efforts with what adjusters really want. A big thanks to Andy McCabe of Claims Delegates for sharing his thoughts and best practices accumulated from over fifteen years of experience in the cleaning and restoration industry.

The Restoration Nation Challenge: What is your average turnaround time for an invoice to be submitted to the insurance carrier? What training processes to you have in place to onboard new employees on documentation at a loss?

Motivational Quote:

“Do you know why they don’t put rear view mirrors on golf carts? It is because the last shot does not matter.”

Business Resources:

Leaders Eat Last by Simon Sinek

Guest Contact Info:

Andy’s website

Andy’s LinkedIn Profile

The Focus of the Successful Owner

04 Mar
March 4, 2015

Episode 19

Featured Guest: Chuck Violand – Violand Management (Canton, OH)

Episode Sponsor: Esporta Wash Systems

Summary: Owners and leaders beware! Your role is not easy. Take a moment to listen to industry consultant Chuck Violand share his thoughts as to what leaders should be focusing on. Chuck’s vast experience and insight can help you avoid common pitfalls that often plague owners in the cleaning and restoration industry. Thanks Chuck!

The Restoration Nation Challenge: What is the “why” behind what you are doing as an owner/leader? Do you have a clear target for your business? How well are you communicating it?

Motivational Quote:

“We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.” Winston Churchill

“The more I know, the less I understand all the things I thought I knew.” Don Henley

Business Resources:

What Got You Here Won’t Get You There by Marshall Goldsmith

The Fifth Discipline by Peter Senge

Guest Contact Info:

Chuck’s website

Chuck’s LinkedIn Profile

 

A Glimpse into the World of Large Loss Restoration

25 Feb
February 25, 2015

Episode 18

Featured Guest: Jim Thompson – Jim Thompson & Co. (Dunnellon, FL)

Episode Sponsor: Esporta Wash Systems

Summary: Industry veteran and large loss expert Jim Thompson helps provide perspective on what really matters when it comes to executing large loss projects. Too many restoration contractors want to play in the big leagues but common pitfalls prevent it from happening. Do not fall victim to making these mistakes. If you are looking at expanding in to the world of large loss restoration, it is time to connect with our energetic guest speaker. Thanks Jim!

The Restoration Nation Challenge: Whose interest are you putting first during a large loss situation: Your client’s or your company’s? How well does your company emphasize and train on safety?

Motivational Quote: “There ain’t hardly no work got around here what ain’t been went out after.”

Business Resources:

Get Paid! By Steven Lavelle

Jim Thompson versus Florida Hurricanes

Jim Thompson and NASA

Guest Contact Info:

Jim’s website

Jim’s LinkedIn Profile

Marketing Your Restoration Firm to Plumbers

28 Jan
January 28, 2015

Episode 16

Featured Guest: Ivan Turner – Show Me Marketing Solutions (Jefferson City, MO)

Episode Sponsor: Esporta Wash Systems

Summary: To pay referral fees or not to pay referral fees? That is the question. We all know that plumbers are a key target to market your restoration firm to. How you do this is another story. There are many philosophies and approaches to doing this successfully. Ivan Turner of Show Me Marketing Solutions shares his thoughts on how to build mutually beneficial relationships with plumbers.

The Restoration Nation Challenge: Are you currently marketing to plumbers? If you are paying referral fees, do you think Ivan’s approach could better serve your firm?

Motivational Quote: “Man’s mind once stretched by a new idea never regains its original dimensions.” Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr.

Business Resources:

How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie

Built to Last by Jim Collins

Good to Great by Jim Collins

Guest Contact Info:

Company website

Ivan’s LinkedIn Profile

Taking Cleaning and Restoration Technicians to the Next Level

01 Jan
January 1, 2015

Episode 12

Featured Guest: Barry Costa – Costa Group Education (Kingman, AZ)

Summary: Is the answer A, B, C, or D? Those are the options we have come to know and accept with industry certification examinations. These exams primarily test cognitive abilities, but leave out physical competency. The cleaning and restoration industry is about to take it to the next level with performance assessments for positions such as carpet cleaning, water damage, and beyond. Spend time with Barry Costa as he explains how the team at ICRA is adding another (valuable) level of testing for technician proficiency in our industry.

The Restoration Nation Challenge: How well do you know the abilities of your technicians? Are your internal training procedures getting watered-down with each incoming employee? What kind of quality control measure do you have in place for technician performance?

Motivational Quote: Life Lesson number 5 is from Barry’s daughter Kim: “Touch as many lives as you can.” Every time you meet someone new, you leave a little bit of yourself with them. They are affected by you. The more people you meet, the more complete both their and your lives are because of how you have been affected by each other. Think of the possibilities.

Click here to see all of Kim’s “Ten Life Lessons”

Business Resources:

Book: Delivering Knock Your Socks Off Service by Kristin Anderson and Ron Zimke

Website: http://www.icrassociation.org/

Guest Contact Info:

Barry’s LinkedIn Profile

Help Barry reach his $200,000 fundraising goal for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society! Support his effort here!

Time to Clean Up Your Customer Service Effort

10 Dec
December 10, 2014

Episode 9

Featured Guest: Bill Yeadon – Jon Don (Indianapolis, IN)

Summary: Customer service is so pivotal to the long-term success of your cleaning and restoration company. Listen to Jon-Don instructor, Bill Yeadon, as he helps us analyze our own customer service efforts. Are we “wowing” our customers or just doing the bare minimum? Bill challenges us to do more to make cheerleaders out of our clients.

The Restoration Nation Challenge: Are you falling into the trap of assuming your customer service is excellent? When was the last time you took a deep look at all aspects of your customer service effort? Are your employees performing at the level you want them to when it comes to customer service?

Motivational Quote: “The last of human freedoms – the ability to choose one’s attitude in a given set of circumstances.” – Viktor E. Frankl

Business Resources:

Video: Ted talk by Simon Sinek

Book: Start with Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action by Simon Sinek

Book: Leaders Eat Last: Why Some Teams Pull Together and Others Don’t by Simon Sinek

Book: Influence: The Physiology of Persuasion by Robert Cialdini

Guest Contact Info:

Email: billy@jondon.com

Bill’s Strategies for Success Blog

Bill’s LinkedIn Profile

What is the Vision of The Restoration Nation Podcast?

06 Dec
December 6, 2014

The Restoration Nation Podcast was conceived by two forces: A desire for learning and a passion for the cleaning and restoration industry. These two factors lead me to start a podcast designed specifically for leaders in the industry. Entrepreneurs in the cleaning and restoration industry share a lot in common. We have similar challenges, struggles, and opportunities. This podcast can be used as a conduit to help each other navigate these issues. Mutual success can be achieved faster if we commit to serving each other. This can be done by sharing best practices, experiences, and inspirational stories. That is the vision of The Restoration Nation podcast.

Why a desire for learning?

Like many of you reading this, I am a competitor. First and foremost, I like to challenge myself. Outward competition is important, but I believe pushing yourself is the first step to improving. Entrepreneurs can often challenge themselves more than any outside force. The further you can drive yourself, the more prepared you will be for external competition. Part of the self-challenging process is learning new things. Continuous education is so important when it comes to preparing for competition. In coming full-circle with this discussion, my desire for learning comes from my need to compete at a high level. As an entrepreneur in the cleaning and restoration industry, you already understand this.

Why a passion for the cleaning and restoration industry?

This is a very personal question for me. To put it simply, I grew up in the industry. My father, Jack Solloway, founded Soil-Away Cleaning & Restoration Services in 1990. I have seen the victories and defeats that an entrepreneurial journey delivers. I am second generation in the business. I believe in the value that our services offer. It is a great industry with a lot of tremendously collaborative members. One of the most valuable things I have learned through my experience in the cleaning and restoration industry is that it is not about what you take, but what you give back. It is about how you serve others.

What is next for The Restoration Nation podcast?

This podcast is not about me. It is about our industry. It is about connecting with other leaders and entrepreneurs in our field. If you are reading this, I am talking about you! The podcast and website is a tool for education, collaboration, and motivation amongst industry peers. I will facilitate the growth of this resource to the best of my abilities, but ultimately the value that this program delivers is up to you. I encourage your participation. That could be by being a guest on the show, submitting a blog post, or sharing the podcast with an industry peer. I am thankful for your participation and look forward to building the relationship.

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