Out of the Hourglass, presented by Nolan Consulting Group, is here to help Small Business Owners and Contractors alike visualize their goals, develop their team & build sustainable growth. You'll hear from our panel of NCG Coaches on a variety of topics, guest speakers from top industry resources, Business Owners sharing best practices and a focus on strategies across sales, marketing, business planning, human resources and more. We're here to take you "out of the hourglass" and reach YOUR Summit.
The Role of the Bookkeeper
Today's episode, sponsored by Bookkeeping for Trades, features a discussion surrounding the power of a bookkeeper with NCG Business Coach, Kathryn Freeman. Understanding and knowing your numbers is vital to operating. Hiring a great bookkeeper is a tremendous asset to improving your business. In fact, hiring a bookkeeper actually saves you money in the long run. What should you be looking for when you are hiring a bookkeeper? How do you best create a relationship and integrate them into your business? All this and more on today's episode!
The Mindset of the Apprentice
Today's episode features a conversation between NCG Business Coach, Colin Nolan and Steve Talkington, Owner of Lancaster Painting and NCG Business Coach. Hiring an apprentice opens a huge door of opportunity in your company. Developing an effective training plan in addition to having the right mindset can make or break if the apprentice will turn into a career long employee. The buy-in from your production leaders in the field plays a critical role and will make or break the long term success. It's a culture shift.
Training New Estimators featuring Jon Bryant of PaintScout
Today's episode features a conversation between NCG Business Coach, Colin Nolan and Jon Bryant, Chief of Color at Urban Painter and Founder of PaintScout. PaintScout is an estimation, sales, proposal, invoicing and work order software for painting contractors designed for you to take your painting business to the next level. Estimating is both a science and an art. Being a great estimator requires a ton of nuance and understanding of the industry. What are the qualities that you should look for when hiring an Estimator? Once hired, how can you test that your training process is giving the skills needed to be an effective Estimator?
Community Engagement with Nolan in the Neighborhood
Today's episode features Nolan Painting Community Outreach Coordinator Claire Nolan with a spotlight on Community Engagement and Nolan in the Neighborhood. This discussion highlights ways to be intentional when it comes to getting your business involved in the community and Claire shares details about the role she plays to help bring Nolan Painting's "Nolan the Neighborhood" program together. Tapping into what really drives you and your employees on a personal level is a great place to start when looking to get involved in an activity in your community. It can be as simple as donating to a family in need or as grand as sponsoring an event. These activities also serve as a great team building opportunity!
P.S - A Levels of Work Bonus Episode - Interviewing
Today's episode features Nolan Consulting Group Sr. Business Coaches, Kathryn Freeman and Andrew Amrhein. Today we're bringing you a bonus episode from the Levels of Work Series with a conversation centered on rethinking the way that you interview potential employees for your company. What improvements would you see if you started to view the process as matching rather than interviewing? Clarity is key! By changing the way that you prepare and approach the conversation you can gain a stronger insight if the person would be successful in the role. As well as saving you time in the long run!
Safety Culture - Make it a Priority
Today's episode features Nolan Painting Field Supervisor, Conal Mulreany & Painters USA Vice President, Paul Cook. Committing to a culture of safety and making it the forefront of your business will help to prevent the unfortunate tragedies that can happen in the industry and make your company a better place to work. How often do you talk about safety with your team? Paul and Conal remind us that it should be a critical component of your business operations and that the opportunity to improve on its presence through training and daily emphasis is a constant.
As you listen to this week's podcast, consider the safety culture in your company and where the gaps may fall. Are you Summit Safety Certified? Check out our certification process to get the standards in place!
Great mixture of strategic advice and tactical tools
A goldmine of sales and management tools.
I am the marketing manager of a growing painting company on the west coast. I have know listened to 10 or 12 episodes of this podcast and have already implemented the things I learned from this podcast. This podcast by Nolan Consulting Group is the best kept secret in podcast world. They are producing top tier content.
Tons of info
Just an awesome podcast full of good info.
Great insight and worth the listen!
Nolan provides a clear vision and process in their teachings and it shows through on their podcasts.