Articles by Al Levi

Five tools to power your business

Assess your future technology needs to keep your company competitive.
September 20, 2013

As contractors, we love spending money on any new tools we can get our hands on for the trades we do, but not so much when it comes to stepping up and investing in other powerful business technology tools.

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Tips on saving critical data on your computer system

The importance of computer backup.
August 22, 2013

Backing up your computer files is not important! It’s only important when something goes wrong. And something can always go wrong.

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When a staff member is struggling

Offer employees solutions to deal with personal problems that affect their work.
July 18, 2013

 I’m frequently asked: “What should I do about a staff member who has been a good team member in the past but is now struggling at work, possibly because his personal life has hit a giant rock in the road? He’s falling apart at the seams and now it’s causing frequent big-time mistakes on the job. Everyone else is forced to work harder to clean up his messes.” 

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Who cares about testimonials?

People may not trust you, but they’ll trust your customers.
June 25, 2013

Why the big fuss about getting testimonials? It’s simple. I learned a long time ago that what you tell me about yourself is interesting.  

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Top 8 ways to sabotage your meeting

Running an effective meeting takes planning and determination.
May 29, 2013

Most of us hate meetings. We feel we’re much too busy to take time out of our crazy schedule to stop and meet.

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Writing stuff that gets read – Part 1

Writing in general didn’t come easy to me when I first started.
May 1, 2013

Writing in general didn’t come easy to me when I first started. And I certainly don’t think I’ve mastered it at this point in my life. Honestly, I was a mechanical engineer with a degree who never worked a day in his life as an engineer.

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Taking the surprise out of staffing issues - Part 1

It’s what I’ve called through the years, “The 5 o’clock knock.”
March 25, 2013
Picture this: It’s late in the day. You’ve finally made it back to your office after another crazy day.
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Follow the Treatment

Find a business adviser you trust and then implement his advice.
February 13, 2013
Years ago, my friend, a noted industry specialist in heating and influential columnist in our trade, called me to complain that he had encountered a number of contractors who would call him up to seek his advice because they were in a bind.
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10 Ways to Make Your Next Phone System Great

January 28, 2013
It’s smart to start compiling a MUST HAVE and WANT list for your next phone system as well as locating a new service company to sell it to you, install it and service it going forward. Phones like computers are the lifeblood to a service company.
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