Bill Harrison - Looking Ahead to the New Year

Posted: Monday, January 3, 2022
By: Gillespie Electric, Inc.

Looking Ahead to the New Year Happy New Year to one and all. This year hopefully will be a big improvement from the last. Our focus this year will be on how to really sustain a good net profit. Of course, it would be easy to bid jobs with gobs of net profit built in. But there might be a downside to that, right? We wouldn’t get many jobs. Tight bids have been the standard for many years ...

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Bill Harrison - Accountability Continued 2

Posted: Monday, November 15, 2021
By: Gillespie Electric, Inc.
Categories: Construction News

This is a follow-on newsletter from the last two month’s topic of accountability. It might be a plus to review the September and October newsletters as we wrap the subject of accountability up in this one. Are you able to establish crystal clear lines of accountability? Can you stick with them – every day, for everyone? Consistency of application is a key to holding everyone accountable. That ...

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Bill Harrison - Accountability Continued

Posted: Tuesday, October 19, 2021
By: Gillespie Electric, Inc.

Accountability Continued This is a follow-on newsletter from last month’s topic of accountability. If we are going to hold folks responsible, we need to know responsible for what – exactly. The key is that the person being held responsible must know in crystal clear terms what they are being accountable for. You might want to refresh your memory by reading the September Quick Notes once more. ...

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Bill Harrison - Leaders Believe In Accountability

Posted: Thursday, September 30, 2021
By: Gillespie Electric, Inc.
Categories: Construction News

Leaders Believe In Accountability Because this is a very important topic, I will be covering it for the next one or two months. We should go as in-depth as possible on this subject because it is one that is very critical to the true leader. This is the keystone to leadership and one of the leader’s greatest challenges. Do they still have teeter-totters at school yards anymore? If you don’t ...

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Bill Harrison - Leaders Are Not Superheroes

Posted: Thursday, August 5, 2021
By: Gillespie Electric, Inc.
Categories: Construction News

Leaders being some kind of superhero is a myth. There are basically three theories of leadership: Trait theory – there are born leadersCrisis theory – some folks just step upThe Transformational theory – people can learn leadership skills The Transformational theory is the most popular now, but I believe in a combination of that and the Crisis theory. Let’s look at an example: Mothers ...

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Bill Harrison - Leaders Never Complain

Posted: Sunday, July 4, 2021
By: Gillespie Electric, Inc.
Categories: Construction News

Before we dive in, I want to make one term clear. Being given the title of leader does not make one a good leader. As we deal with leadership in this series of newsletters, I am talking about the attributes of good leadership. So, let us move on. Having observed and worked with a significant number of good leaders over the decades, one observation is clear - real leaders do not complain or ...

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Bill Harrison - Leaders Create Change

Posted: Wednesday, June 9, 2021
By: Gillespie Electric, Inc.
Categories: Construction News

“People don’t like change” – Common Knowledge Just consider the following: “The Edsel is here to stay.” Henry Ford to dealers in 1957. Ask some senior folks what an Edsel was. “There is no reason why anyone would want a computer in their home.” Kenneth Olsen, Digital Equipment Founder 1977 ” Everything that can be invented has already been invented.” Charles Duel, Patent Office ...

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Bill Harrison - Leaders insist on clear communication

Posted: Monday, May 10, 2021
By: Gillespie Electric, Inc.
Categories: Construction News

“No one would talk much in society if they knew how often they misunderstood others.” Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe What a wise man. He died in 1832 yet his words are still relevant today. What per cent of the time do communication issues come up in my coaching work? If you guessed 100% of the time you would be correct. It always surfaces in one way or another. Most ...

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Bill Harrison Oct Quick Notes- What is the Question?

Posted: Monday, October 5, 2020
By: Gillespie Electric, Inc.
Categories: Construction News

What is the question? The quality of your life depends greatly on the questions you ask yourself. The same applies to the questions you ask as a manager. I know, this may sound a bit strange but bear with me. The questions we ask focus our minds in certain ways. “Who is to blame?” Now, what do you think happens with your team members when this is your focus based on the question you ...

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Bill Harrison Sept Quick Notes- Meetings

Posted: Friday, September 11, 2020
By: Gillespie Electric, Inc.
Categories: Commerical Electric

A Message from Bill Harrison – The Coach Meetings Are you still having too many meetings, virtual or in person? Do many of them seem unproductive? Most would say yes. Managers just have meetings; some on a regular schedule and others unplanned. Too many folks do not know how to have a productive meeting, sometimes the manager and sometimes the participants and sometimes both. Read on. I ...

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