Nov 26, 2018
At the Closing of the Year
BY Sandy Lender
“Now all the winter bells are ringing
Hear them echo through the snow
And the children’s voices singing
On the streets so far below”
I’m one of those people who will randomly play Christmas carols in June or August. My neighbors can hear those sleigh bells jingling, ring ting tingling, too, in September or November. It’s a sickness I don’t necessarily need to cure.
Now that the calendar is just one page, others have joined the revelry for a few weeks. There’s a sort of Hallmark Channel Effect (HCE) going on around us. And there’s nothing wrong with that. We humans like a happy ending. We like the comforting promise of formulaic entertainment with an expected outcome. Christmas songs and movies offer something pleasant we can rely on.
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What are you doing this off-season to prep your business so you can offer humans an expected, reliable outcome in spring 2019? When the New Year hits, you’ll see gobs of social media hounds offering ways to develop and keep resolutions. Have you thought about the ways you’re setting your workers up for success in next year’s construction season? The article featuring Mike Rowe here shares some thoughts on that.
By investing in your team this December, January, February and so on, you lay the groundwork to provide the “formulaic project” with an expected outcome. Whether that’s providing an excellent mix from the plant or placing an excellent mat in the field, you have the opportunity right now to make next year’s profits sing.
As we close the year on a productive and profitable construction season, I wish everyone a safe and happy holiday season. However you celebrate, I hope you’re able to spend time relaxing and enjoying the company of family and friends. I look forward to checking in with everyone at the trade shows and events coming up in 2019.