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The Construction Leading Edge is a one stop shop for contracting professionals who want to be more effective entrepreneurs and leaders. Business owners, managers, project executives, project managers, and field leaders will all benefit from the interviews, resources, tools, and tips offered.

The Construction Leading Edge Podcast Todd Dawalt

    • Business
    • 4.8 • 242 Ratings

The Construction Leading Edge is a one stop shop for contracting professionals who want to be more effective entrepreneurs and leaders. Business owners, managers, project executives, project managers, and field leaders will all benefit from the interviews, resources, tools, and tips offered.

    Scaling to $200 Million: How Torrey Hawkins Did It

    Scaling to $200 Million: How Torrey Hawkins Did It

    EPISODE 274: What makes a construction business successful? Is it cementing a failproof system OR finding the right people that get things done? 
    Torrey Hawkins, President of Angler Construction, LLC, drops some value bombs on how he managed to scale his construction business to $200 million in revenue per year.
    In this week's episode of The Construction Leading Edge podcast, I sit down with Torrey to talk about...
    - the biggest challenges that Torrey has faced in growing a business to $200 million per year
    - the systems and processes that catapulted his business to success
    - some advice on how to lead your construction team through tough times
    - what his day looks like as someone who has grown a business to such size and scale
    - and a whole lot more!
    If you're a visionary looking to scale your construction business while getting out of the day-to-day details, you'll get a lot of practical advice from this episode.
    Let's jump right in!
     
    Key Takeaways:
    Meet Torrey Hawkins (01:06)
    How Torrey started his construction business (05:37)
    What does the business look like now? (07:16)
    Biggest challenges during the growth (13:08)
    How to level up as a construction business leader (18:03)
    Recruiting and hiring top-quality talent (20:15)
    On systems and processes that scaled the business (23:24)
    What it's like to be a visionary (30:29)
    How Torrey spends his time as a 9-figure construction business owner (36:50)
    Keeping your team moving forward during a crisis (38:14)
    On sharing the vision and getting the team on board with it (43:18)
    The burning-the-ship mentality (50:25)
    Managing the double-edged sword of being a visionary (53:23)
    Episode wrap-up (58:08)
     
    Additional Resources:
    - Join the Move the Needle 28-Day Challenge HERE
    - Register for The ADVANCE Live Meetup | March 30-31, 2023 | Austin, TX HERE
    - Schedule a Breakthrough Session with our team HERE
    - Listen to my 2015 interview with Torrey HERE
    - Connect with Torrey HERE
    - Check out Angler Construction HERE
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    • 1 hr 1 min
    Forget About Goal Setting: Focus on Habits & Systems Instead

    Forget About Goal Setting: Focus on Habits & Systems Instead

    Episode 273: Your brain is hard wired to love habits.  Here's how you can use that to your advantage, and achieve just about any outcome you set your mind do.
    What you'll learn about in this construction podcast episode:
    "You don't rise to the level of your goals.  You fall to the level of your __________" Why habits exist, why they’re so powerful. How to hack habits The Golden Rule of Habits How to use Right to Left Thinking to harness the power of habits. What a keystone habit is, and why you want to start with them. Lessons from two of the most popular books about habits. Resources mentioned in this construction podcast episode:
    Move the Needle 28 Day Challenge - www.constructionleadingedge.com/group
     
    The ADVANCE Live Meetup | March 30-31, 2023 | Austin, TX - www.constructionleadingedge.com/advance
     
    Schedule a Breakthrough Session with our team: www.constructionleadingedge.com/apply
     
     

    • 37 min
    Discipline, Systems, and 75% Annual Revenue Growth with Andy Kolp

    Discipline, Systems, and 75% Annual Revenue Growth with Andy Kolp

    EPISODE 272: What is the secret formula to growing a business? What should a construction business owner have to lead a successful company? 
    There's really no secret formula, but our guest for today, Andy Kolp of Epic Building Company, did take his "steady" remodeling company to new success in its 14th year.
    After implementing new systems into his business process and shifting his mindset, he saw changes and wished he had done them sooner.
    From having one employee, Andy now has five employees on his payroll. His company has surprisingly gone up to 75% in annual revenue. And he isn't slowing down anytime soon as he's looking at a 100% revenue growth for next year.
    What did he do to achieve all of these incredible milestones? Tune in to this week's episode to find out more.
    Let's get started!
     
    Key Takeaways:
    Introduction (00:00)
    Meet Andy Kolp (02:36)
    Discipline and weight loss success (04:51)
    How important is mental toughness? (18:55)
    Working in vs working on your business (26:04)
    What does stagnant mean from a business perspective? (32:13)
    The mindset growth (38:10)
    Most impactful systems that brought success (43:34)
    What business looks like now? (56:13)
    On pre-construction services and agreement (58:36)
    What led to Andy’s mindset shift? (1:04:14)
    Last few questions (1:10:44)
     
    Additional Resources:
    - FREE online training workshop: Get Out of Your Construction Business: How to Make it Run Without You here 
    - Learn how to recession-proof your business here 
    - Work with our team to systematize your business here  
    - Visit our website here
    - Check out Andy’s construction company here
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    • 1 hr 19 min
    Why Every Construction Business Owner Needs a Virtual Assistant

    Why Every Construction Business Owner Needs a Virtual Assistant

    EPISODE 271: Are you tired of doing never-ending, less urgent administrative work?
    As we all know, small business owners wear a lot of hats - bookkeeping, responding to emails, and posting on social media, to name a few.
    These tasks not only take a lot of time but also keep you from doing things that matter. And that's what we'll talk about in this week's episode.
    I sat down with two construction business owners - Kevin Franklin and Nathan Spearing - who found a great solution to their never-ending to-do list and after-hours work.
    Stay tuned and discover the benefits of hiring a Belay virtual assistant and the wonders it can do for your construction business. 
    Let's get started!
     
    Key Takeaways:
    Introduction (00:00)
    Meet Kevin Franklin (03:40)
    The problems before signing up with Belay (04:12)
    Lessons from Michael Hyatt’s Your World-Class Assistant book (06:25)
    Misconceptions about working with virtual assistants (VA) (07:11)
    Main tasks of a VA that have been most impactful (08:19)
    Why hire a virtual assistant from Belay? (13:08)
    Hacks in training a virtual assistant (16:00)
    Meet Nathan Spearing (19:49)
    Nathan’s pivotal moment (23:15)
    Life after hiring a virtual assistant with Belay (36:12)
    Nathan's Life on Target podcast (46:07)
     
    Additional Resources:
    - FREE online training workshop: Get Out of Your Construction Business: How to Make it Run Without You here 
    - Learn how to recession-proof your business here 
    - Work with our team to systematize your business here  
    - Visit our website here
    - Hire a virtual assistant through Belay here
    - Connect with Kevin Franklin here
    - Connect with Nathan Spearing here
    - Listen to Nathan’s Life on Target podcast here
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    Follow us on your favorite podcasting platform so you never miss an episode!
     

    • 51 min
    How to Avoid Lawsuits Over Construction Defects & Reducing Risk with Attorney Marc Gravely

    How to Avoid Lawsuits Over Construction Defects & Reducing Risk with Attorney Marc Gravely

    EPISODE 270: The only time contractors get involved and talk with an attorney is when something goes wrong. Do you agree?
    To prove that claim, we have Attorney Marc Gravely on the podcast today, whose work is on representing owners exclusively in construction disputes with general contractors, architects, and engineers.
    Atty. Gravely is here to share with us the common construction defects in building that lead to litigations, how to avoid or reduce the risk, insurance and contracts, and everything in between.
    So, make sure to tune in on this one and get yourself informed so you won’t have to deal with any litigations.
    Let's get started!



    Key Takeaways:
    Introduction (00:00)
    Meet Atty. Marc Gravely (04:25)
    What do lawyers think about contractors? (05:36)
    Most common construction defects in buildings that lead to litigation (09:57)
    How to reduce the risk of construction defects (15:14)
    The missing process (18:15)
    Most common mistakes contractors make (22:05)
    GMP, time, and material contracts (25:04)
    How can a contractor protect themselves (26:39)
    How contractors should respond to issues (32:22)
    Mistakes to avoid that people make worse (38:30)
    The truth about a business that some find unconventional (43:07)
    Failures that set him up for later success (44:16)
    Marc's Reframing America's Infrastructure book (46:18)
     
    Additional Resources:
    - FREE online training workshop: Get Out of Your Construction Business: How to Make it Run Without You here 
    - Learn how to recession-proof your business here 
    - Work with our team to systematize your business here  
    - Visit our website here
     
    Connect with Marc
    - Grab a copy of his book here
    - Follow Marc on LinkedIn here
    - Visit Marc’s website here
     
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    • 54 min
    First Principles, Taking Ego Out of Ideas and Solving Big Problems with Paolo Tiramani, Boxabl CEO & Founder

    First Principles, Taking Ego Out of Ideas and Solving Big Problems with Paolo Tiramani, Boxabl CEO & Founder

    EPISODE 269: Joining me in this week's episode of The Construction Leading Edge podcast is Boxabl CEO and Founder Paolo Tiramani.
    He's here to sit down and talk with me on how Boxabl solves housing problems - one of the pressing issues we have in the U.S. and globally.
    Boxabl is a housing construction technology based in Las Vegas that revolutionizes global housing. With its innovative foldable house product, it has the potential to solve skyrocketing housing costs and homelessness around the world.
    If you want to know what it takes to build a company that solves big problems and how Paolo shares that big vision with his team, make sure to tune in to find out more.
     
    Key Takeaways:
    Introduction (00:00)
    Paolo's career prior Boxabl (01:08)
    What is Boxabl? (05:32)
    First principles explained (10:55)
    “Not all things need fixing” (24:30)
    How do you find the right questions to ask? (31:24)
    On global housing problems (35:29)
    How to share a big vision with your team (41:18)
    Business beliefs that others think are unconventional (46:39)
    Episode wrap-up (52:59)
     
    Additional Resources:
    - FREE online training workshop: Get Out of Your Construction Business: How to Make it Run Without You here 
    - Learn how to recession-proof your business here 
    - Work with our team to systematize your business here  
    - Visit our website here
     
    Check out Boxabl
    - Visit Boxabl’s website here
    - Follow Boxabl on Instagram here
    - Subscribe to Boxabl on YouTube here
    - Do you want to join their team? Shoot them an email at hiring@boxabl.com
     
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    • 56 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
242 Ratings

242 Ratings

coupe2790 ,

Not just for business owners

Great interviews and conversations. This podcast has helped me change the way I view each project as a hall and has accelerated my career as a young superintendent and improved my relationships with owners, architects, design professionals, subcontractors, and my superiors.

Bschnutt ,

Best thing ever !!

Signed up I feel this could be business changing

Alyeska Builders ,

Expect value!

The topics are extremely relevant to challenges that we face as construction business owners. It is extremely valuable to hear other contractors perspectives and how they handle situations. Our company has been able to implement several process changes that stemmed from Todd’s podcasts. Extremely valuable.

Make time to listen in, you won’t be sorry!

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