Difficult People

When we point our finger at difficult people, 3 fingers are pointing right back at us. We must learn to love difficult people since in someone’s eyes and heart, we are the difficult person.

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Objective > Task

Providing your team with an objective that includes a clearly defined outcome is always better than a task or list of tasks. ”Commit your work to the Lord, and your plans will be established.” PROVERBS 16:3 ESV

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Effective Estimating – Part 6 of 6

In our prior Effective Estimating post of this series, we talked about our Estimate and Proposal ACCURACY. In this final post of the series, I want to remind all cabinetmakers (me included), that when it comes to manufacturing cabinets for profit, “The end depends upon the beginning.” No matter how effective we design, engineer, machine,…

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Effective Estimating – Part 5 of 6

In the last Effective Estimating blog post, we talked about providing our prospective clients with multiple Estimates in an attempt to sell more projects. In this post we will look at our Estimate Accuracy. In earlier posts in this Effective Estimating series, we talked about three principles of Effective Estimating, one being Managing Customer Expectations and we briefly…

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Effective Estimating – Part 4 of 6

In the last Effective Estimating blog post, we talked about providing our prospective clients with multiple Ballpark Estimates in an attempt to separate the wheat from the chaff (to pre-qualify our clients, to determine if they can afford or are willing to pay what we charge for our cabinetry). Today we will look at doing something…

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Effective Estimating – Part 3 of 6

In the last Effective Estimating blog post, We talked about ‘What If’ scenarios, Managing Customer Expectations and then played around with an Excel model that could empower both of those worthy objectives. Today we will be spending some time talking about the place where America’s favorite pastime takes place, the Ballpark. When it comes to effective…

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Effective Estimating – Part 2 of 6

In the last Effective Estimating blog post, I introduced myself and this series of posts. Today we will be spending some time working on a couple models in Excel (it’s not rocket science, but there is a learning curve) so we can learn to not only take our costs and build bullet proof Estimates and…

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Seeking God’s Direction

As Entrepreneurs and Solopreneurs, we seem to question the relationship between our business self and our spiritual self, always wondering if what we do in business is honoring God. For some, if not most, there is this splinter in our mind, always wondering if God had another plan for our lives and we took a…

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Effective Estimating – Part 1 of 6

Welcome to this 6 part topic on Effective Estimating, if any of this seems familiar to some of you, that will be because this is not the first time I have written about this topic, and this material has been the source for sessions I have led at many trade shows. Now, lets kick this…

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Your Constraint

We entrepreneur’s, especially those in the manufacturing segment, are prone to confuse busy with productive, and we seem to have a hard time learning to distinguish between the two, even after we recognize that they are distinctly different things. For me, the turning point was the first time I heard Eli Goldratt classify many, if…

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