Articles by Al Levi

Want to Add Another Trade...Really?

It’s an age old question that we contractors face.
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Culture of Change

When I do workshops, I ask the audience, “Why do people resist change?”
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Division or Divisive

I work with companies that do commercial work only, commercial and residential work only and residential work only.
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Building Your Green Team

It’s always been advantageous to move what your company sells and does from a commodity to a niche.
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Hope for the Best...Prepare for the Worst

But, here’s what I know no matter where you operate your business…it’s far better to “Hope for the Best…all the while….preparing for the worst.”
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To Happy Call or Not...That is the Question

First, we must define what “Happy Calls” are. They are calls made to your customers right after you’ve been there to do service or install work.
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Family, Friends and House of Worship

It’s as inevitable as death and taxes. Be a contractor long enough and you’re going to end up selling stuff to your family, friend or house of worship.
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Selling...Dos...and Don'ts

Having grown up in the plumbing, heating and cooling business in New York, I knew that I couldn’t push my cooling equipment too long out here in Arizona.
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The Power of CYA

Don’t underestimate the “Power of CYA!”
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Is It Even Possible?

Years ago it was in vogue at many shops I’d work with to have a mannequin dressed up in the perfect company uniform in some open shop area.
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The 2014 Experience Conference and Exhibition

A look in photos at the 2014 Experience Conference and Exhibition, which was held from April 24-26 at the Embassy Suites Convention Center and Spa in Frisco, Texas.

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Have a limited marketing budget but realize the importance of neighborhood marketing? Try doorknob hangers, a low-cost, yet highly effective way to drum up more business. In this episode, John Braun discusses the value of this tactic as well as what you should include on the materials you're hanging.
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2014 September

The September issue of ICS features stories on moisture detection, disinfectant services, neighborhood marketing, then we discuss the last level of being phenomenal, and cool products.

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