News & Opinions
The latest news and insights from Hanley Wood’s outspoken experts and key thought-leaders throughout the residential and commercial design and construction industry.
Paul Winans, Remodelers Advantage / REMODELING / July 11, 2013
Make these activities part of every day business for your company to be successful.
A contractor I know asked the following: “Please let me know your suggestions on the best channels to recruit top talent to fit our company culture of exceeding customer expectations, communicating and operating methodically, and making the building process and our customers’ experience as exceptional and high-quality as our end product.”
Here are 10 tips to finding that top talent:
1. Create an ally
Odd as it may sound, it makes sense to regularly interact with the owners of competing companies.
Max Nisen/ Business Insider / June 19, 2013
Modern humans have radically changed the way that they work and the way that they live, and to be successful, the small business owner must adapt to the growing-up of Millennials.
That’s the reality of the digital age, and an insight that’s at the core of how Brian Halligan, CEO of marketing software company HubSpot, does business and organizes his company.
Proper company organization is especially key for small businesses, because attracting the millennial generation, as workers and customers, is essential to surviving.
On the customer side, it means people expect things toRead More
Robert Dietz / NAHB / June 3, 2013
NAHB Chairman Rick Judson will be testifying on June 4 on the state of the residential construction sector before the House Energy and Commerce Committee. His statement highlights the state of the housing industry, its importance for economic growth, and fiscal and policy challenges the sector faces.
As part of that analysis, NAHB used data from the recently released 2011 Census Survey of County Business Patterns to map the location of employees of home building and remodeling firms. The data represent a snapshot of just a portion of the home building industry, as they do not include residentialRead More
Christine M. Riordan / April 23, 2013
In the movie Remember the Titans, Coach Herman Boone takes his high school football team to the battleground of Gettysburg. Having inherited a fractured and divided squad, Coach Boone implores the players to “take a lesson from the dead. If we don’t come together, right now on this hallowed ground, we too will be destroyed, just like they were.” Coach Boone then establishes the primacy of an important team virtue: “I don’t care if you like each other right now, but you will respect each other.”
In every workplace and on every team, all people have the innateRead More
Hallie Busta / PROSALES / April 5, 2013
Expert advice from Meagan McCoy Jones • Dennis Stine • Peter Alexander • Jeff Rea • David Luck
Keeping pace with the housing market’s upswing requires more than a larger inventory and new technology. You’re likely to need a few more hands on deck—and not just any old pair. We asked owners and managers of leading LBM operations—many of whom spoke at this year’s ProSales 100 Conference—to describe what post-recession growth will mean for their hiring and management practices. We found they’re focusing not just on bringing in the right people but also on how they plan to mobilizeRead More