What embryonic and developing technology today will become mainstream before you’re ready to pass on the company to your kids? With all of the developing technologies, which ones will become the most relevant to contractors?
You’re listening to an intriguing keynote speaker and trying to take notes when BOOM, something she says sends you down the mental path of “what if?” or “hey, this might work in my company.” Fifteen minutes later you snap back from your productive daydream and think, “oh no, what did I miss?”
In 2007, the Washington Post staged a social experiment in an arcade outside of a Washington DC Metro subway station. Managers were interested in context, perception and priorities so they strategically placed a 39 year-old violin player, wearing a baseball hat, T-shirt and jeans, in a location bristling with people on their way to work.
Would passersby notice the man? Would they stop to take in his performance? Would they find the classical music he was playing appealing? Here are the results:
- 1,907 people walked by.
- 7 people stopped for at least one minute.
- He played six 6 classical pieces for 43 minutes and received $52.17 in donations.
Tinker Hatfield is a world renowned basketball shoe designer and the Air Jordan XI is arguably the most popular Nike basketball shoe of all time. Earlier this year Netflix released Abstract: The Art of Design, a documentary on popular designers. One show is devoted to Tinker Hatfield, recognized by Fortune as one of the 100 most influential designers of the 20th century. It’s a fascinating show. There is one aspect to Tinker’s success that stands out and it’s something that you can easily emulate.
A few weeks ago we learned, according to neuroscience, a person can unconsciously communicate and receive messages. We mentioned that neuroscience has been making headway into the business world in the form of neuromarketing. Neuromarketing is the applied use of scientific principles to measure how our brains react to marketing stimuli.
Imagine that Bob, your sharp, clean-cut and friendly service technician arrives at Mrs. Jones’s house. Following company protocol he parks his van, greets Mrs. Jones and begins to troubleshoot the system. Bob presents Mrs. Jones an upgrade along with the repair estimate. Although Mrs. Jones wants to pursue the smart thermostat installation, she opts for ONLY the repair.
Do you remember when businesses began to install curb-free and step-free access to buildings? This began at the end of the last century because of the American with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA). According to this Act, physical barriers impeding access to buildings must be removed wherever they exist.
Last week we spoke about being able to live in the your home for as long as possible as you age. Added to this, of course, is availability of the assistance and services required to maintain safety and quality of life. This is known as Aging in Place.
They’d been married for over 50 years when he died. At 80 she was in decent health but she wasn’t able to take care of the one acre, 2,900 square foot homestead by herself. So with the help of her children, she sold the house and downsized into a condo. Surrounded by 4 children, 8 grandchildren and one great grandchild, she had an incredible will to live. She chose a two-story condo because, in her mind, she needed the exercise of going up and down stairs.
I’m sitting here this morning looking out from my hotel balcony at the Gulf of Mexico. We just concluded the Service Nation Alliance Spring meeting and the Spring 2017 International Roundtable events in St. Pete Beach, Florida. I live due east, a little over an hour away. One thing that I’m always amazed at is the difference in culture between the Fla beaches and my neighborhood. Take away the palm trees and you wouldn’t be able to tell the difference between my community and a general U.S. suburb. The Beach culture however, is distinct and consistent. Gentle sea breeze, sand, rum-laced drinks, laid back lifestyle and never more than ten minutes away from a Jimmy Buffet song. Matter of fact, one of our luncheon’s theme was Cheeseburger in Paradise.
My most powerful take away from the week’s events is the importance of a vibrant and healthy company culture. It surfaced directly and indirectly in almost every single talk, seminar and panel discussion.
In fact, in one panel discussion where the panelists spoke about the pros and cons to adding additional services to your business, the concept of culture found its way into the conversation even though the separate panelists offered diverse company backgrounds. For example, if you’re an HVAC contractor considering purchasing an electrical company, make sure your cultures are compatible.
Your Company Has a Culture