Articles by Al Levi

Top 8 ways to sabotage your meeting

Running an effective meeting takes planning and determination.

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.

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 2

Make it clear.

Taking the surprise out of staffing issues - Part 1

It’s what I’ve called through the years, “The 5 o’clock knock.”
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.
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

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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Providing rest periods for your brain will give you energy to be more productive

When the busy seasons hit, most of us who work on the road are guilty of dashboard dining.


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Money from the Scrap Heap

A customer wrote me an email awhile back inquiring about what my family did with the scrap metal from jobsites and he wanted to know what other companies I work with do as well.
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Build a dream, not a Frankenstein

Learn to filter information to find out what's best for your business.
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The good, the bad and the ugly

The family dynamics of business.
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