23 episodes

The DYOJO Podcast is the gathering place for education and entertainment (infotainment) relevant to professional development in the property restoration industry.

Our friends will have you laughing and learning as they share their real world experiences with leadership development, growing their businesses as well as being intentional with the intersection between life and work.

Hosted by Jon Isaacson, The Intentional Restorer. Episodes are published weekly on Mondays and most Thursday . They can also be observed on The DYOJO Youtube page.

The DYOJO Podcast Jon Isaacson

    • Entrepreneurship
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The DYOJO Podcast is the gathering place for education and entertainment (infotainment) relevant to professional development in the property restoration industry.

Our friends will have you laughing and learning as they share their real world experiences with leadership development, growing their businesses as well as being intentional with the intersection between life and work.

Hosted by Jon Isaacson, The Intentional Restorer. Episodes are published weekly on Mondays and most Thursday . They can also be observed on The DYOJO Youtube page.

    Can you actually make more as an owner by being transparent and sharing your profits?

    Can you actually make more as an owner by being transparent and sharing your profits?

    Skylar Lewis, CEO of Superior Restoration and founder of Rise Up Kings, shares some of his lowest lows and the process through which he rose from those depths to be a stronger leader and build a better organization.   



    Skylar shares how being transparent with his companies financials has opened up new opportunities for organizational growth. By assigning every team member a line item in the budget that they report on, are responsible for and bonus based upon team performance, he has seen returns on employee engagement and profitability.   



    Let Mr. Lewis share his experiences in his own words in this excerpt from The DYOJO Podcast Episode 19.   



    Thank you for watching this video discussion from The DYOJO between Jon Isaacson, The Intentional Restorer and Skylar Lewis, Superior Restoration. You can listen to The DYOJO Podcast wherever fine podcasts are listened to (Spotify, Apple, Anchor, Google) and you can read more on this topic in Jon's monthly column The Intentional Restorer from Restoration and Remediation (R&R) Magazine.  



    Jon announces his soon to be released book "Be Intentional: Estimating.  Establishing the Right Mindset and Habits for Yourself and Your Team to Succeed with Estimating Property Insurance Claims" .  Reserve and/or pre-order your copy today! 



    Superior Restoration https://superiorrestore.com  

    Rise Up Kings https://www.riseupkings.com/learn-more  

    The DYOJO - https://www.thedyojo.com - Leadership development and business coaching for service base entrepreneurs.  

    The DYOJO Podcast - https://www.thedyojopodcast.com  

    The Intentional Restorer - https://www.randrmagonline.com  

    Music Todays Plan by DJ Freedom  


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    • 14 min
    Ep. 22 Growing your business without compromising your values with Lex Sisney

    Ep. 22 Growing your business without compromising your values with Lex Sisney

    Have you witnessed businesses that grow too-fast and are soon out of the market?   
    Have you experienced challenges with growing your team to meet the opportunities presented to your organization?



    Lex Sisney is the author of Organizational Physics: The Science of Growing a Business. Business Insider noted, “As Co-Founder and CEO of Commission Junction, Lex grew the company from two employees to become the de facto leader in the world of affiliate marketing, beating Google in the process.” Lex spends his time now as a business coach for CEO’s and leadership teams in expansion-stage companies who are, “Committed to growing their business without compromising their values.”   



    Organizational Physics takes a scientific approach to outlining a universal and sustainable process for approaching growth in an organization. Lex says that, “Being the CEO of a fast growing company can be exhilarating one week and frustrating the next. I know because I’ve been there. That’s why I created Organizational Physics, a proven method for building and managing high-growth companies that delivers breakthrough results.”  



    We also discuss various approaches to public safety and keeping the economy running as every decision has consequences. Lex brings up the vicarious trauma, which we discussed briefly during a LinkedIn exchange as well as dealt with in greater depth in an article on the work of Laura van Dernoot Lipsky. Navigating the stress of this time as a leader and as a team will be key to thriving through crisis.   



    Lex shares a secret to keeping himself motivated to follow through on his goal of writing for a certain period of time each day is that if he doesn’t achieve this benchmark he has to make a financial donation to a politician that he despises. We don’t get into politics, so he doesn’t share who this is, but with as charged as the political discussions have been, you can imagine this would be highly motivational for anyone with strong feelings on the direction our country should be taking.   



    It is important to remember that the fear of failure is more detrimental to a growth minded professional and an organization than failure itself. As Lex says, “Failure is feedback.” Be intentional with your people, process, production and progress (The 4 P’s) and set your team up for success, even in tough times. On The DYOJO Podcast Episode 20, Rachel Stewart discusses lessons learned from the 2008 crisis that lead to opportunity as well as principles that they continue to apply in these modern times.   



    You can view our discussion via The DYOJO Youtube Page and you can listen to The DYOJO Podcast wherever fine podcasts are listened to (Spotify, Apple, Anchor, Google). You can read more on this topic, and many others, in Jon's monthly column The Intentional Restorer from Restoration and Remediation (R&R) Magazine.  



    Lex Sisney - https://www.organizationalphysics.com 

    The DYOJO - https://www.thedyojo.com 

    The DYOJO Podcast - https://www.thedyojopodcast.com 

    The Intentional Restorer - https://www.randrmagonline.com  

    Intro video for The Intentional Restorer created by the talented Edward H. Cross, aka The Restoration Lawyer (guest on The DYOJO Podcast Episode 3)  

    Additional music “Dude” by Patrick Ptrikios  

    Wardrobe: Jon hats: Humble Beast Records, Grip Rite, Portland State University (PSU); shirts: Portland State University, Wordsplayed “Sub Culture”, Classis Seattle Supersonics with the faux double layer (90’s swag)


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    • 47 min
    Ep. 21 Pro vs. Joe 004 - Motivating your team with vision

    Ep. 21 Pro vs. Joe 004 - Motivating your team with vision

    Whether you are leading your team through a transition, like Bryan and Brandon are at All American, or you are trying to develop a culture that represents your values, being transparent is key. Clear communication with your team is the essential element for building a sustainable foundation within any organization. As people in a position of leadership, you need to have the awareness of how you communication and whether your process aligns with your vision. Do you as the leader walk the talk?   



    Bryan and Jon discuss various ways that they have had to improve their leadership and communication, especially during seasons of challenge and/or change. Transparency with your team will go a long way to enabling them to connect with your goals, collaborate for creative solutions and assist your organization to conquer their obstacles.   



    Hearing two different perspectives, the "Joe" Bryan Close and the "Pro" Jon Isaacson, from the property restoration industry will help listeners to be: 


    Encouraged 
    Challenged 
    Educated 
    Inspired  



    Being transparent with your team, as Skylar Lewis also discusses on The DYOJO Podcast Episode 19, provides employees with opportunities for owning their responsibilities, having a voice in the process and receiving an incentive for their collective contributions. Jon also discussed the idea of progressive responsibility with Eric and Larry of The Blue Collar Nation Podcast who are launching their Blue Collar Radio Station June 2020.   



    You can view our discussion via The DYOJO Youtube Page and you can listen to The DYOJO Podcast wherever fine podcasts are listened to (Spotify, Apple, Anchor, Google). You can read more on this topic, and many others, in Jon's monthly column The Intentional Restorer from Restoration and Remediation (R&R) Magazine.  



    The DYOJO - https://www.thedyojo.com 

    The DYOJO Podcast - https://www.thedyojopodcast.com 

    The Intentional Restorer - https://www.randrmagonline.com  

    Intro video for The Intentional Restorer created by the talented Edward H. Cross, aka The Restoration Lawyer (guest on The DYOJO Podcast Episode 3)  Additional music “Savior Search” by DJ Freedom  

    Wardrobe: Jon is wearing The DYOJO Podcast red hoodie and hat from Ninkasi Brewing (Eugene, OR)


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    • 2 hr
    Ep. 20 Crisis leads to opportunity with Rachel Stewart

    Ep. 20 Crisis leads to opportunity with Rachel Stewart

    Most of us are aware that we should not think too highly of ourselves. The word narcissism gets thrown around quite a bit when talking about those in a position of leadership. During our conversation with Rachel Stewart on The DYOJO Podcast Episode 20, we discuss the importance of not thinking too lowly of yourself.   Rachel is the EVP of Titan Restoration of Arizona, founder of Xcelerate Restoration Software and the author of Unqualified Success. 



    In her book she outlines stories and strategies for "bridging the gap between where you are now and where you want to be to achieve massive success." Having a right assessment with yourself includes being honest with where you are in your development, recognizing your opportunities and the willingness to take a risk for your future.   We discuss aspects of no risk, no reward with Denis Beaulieu on episode 15 of The DYOJO Podcast as well. Rachel shares a few key items that will help anyone aspiring to reach their potential: 


    Be curious and be hungry to learn everything that you can 
    Ask questions of those around you and learn from them 
    Have a vision for yourself and set goals so that you can track your progress 
    Stop procrastinating 
    Embrace an abundance rather than a scarcity mindset  



    Reading Rachel's book has been pivotal in my own commitment to be intentional with the development of The DYOJO and it has been a key contributor to my wife's growth mindset with real estate. Rachel has a lot of real world wisdom to share as she propelled herself from office manager, getting back into the workforce, to Executive Vice President of a growing regional restoration company, the author of a popular book and founder of Xcelerate Restoration Software.   



    You can view our discussion via The DYOJO Youtube Page and you can listen to The DYOJO Podcast wherever fine podcasts are listened to (Spotify, Apple, Anchor, Google). You can read more on this topic, and many others, in Jon's monthly column The Intentional Restorer from Restoration and Remediation (R&R) Magazine.  

    Unqualified Success - https://www.unqualifiedtools.com 

    The DYOJO - https://www.thedyojo.com 

    The DYOJO Podcast - https://www.thedyojopodcast.com 

    The Intentional Restorer - https://www.randrmagonline.com  

    Intro video for The Intentional Restorer created by the talented Edward H. Cross, aka The Restoration Lawyer (guest on The DYOJO Podcast Episode 3)  

    Additional music “Today's Plan” by DJ Freedom  

    Wardrobe: Jon is wearing The DYOJO black hoodie and hat from 3 Kings Environmental, Inc. (Vancouver & Tacoma, WA)


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    • 57 min
    Ep. 19 Leading yourself first with Skylar Lewis

    Ep. 19 Leading yourself first with Skylar Lewis

    The DYOJO Podcast Episode 19

    Leading yourself first so that you can better lead others with Skylar Lewis, CEO of Superior Restoration (Temecula, CA) and founder of Rise Up Kings.


    Highlights
    * Tips for increasing sales while being authentic
    * Taking ownership as a leader and making things better
    * Transforming your business by transforming your leaders
    * Becoming a transparent operation and the return on investment

    On The DYOJO Podcast Episode 19, Skylar and Jon discuss the importance of authenticity in sales.

    Skylar believes that all entrepreneurs and aspiring professionals should believe they are a marketers at their core and learn to master these skills. Learning how to sell will help a business to survive in any market, even in a downturn. For those who think sales has a negative connotation, Skylar talks about how anyone can ask questions and lead a customer through the sale rather than practicing some of the high pressure tactics that turn so many people off.

    Skylar had a series of events that revealed he hadn’t built as much of a tight operation as he had thought and had to do some deep soul searching. Skylar reached out to a coach to help identify his blind spots. While initially he thought the coach would point out the things that were wrong with the team, he started his process with the person in the position of leadership (PIAPOL). As they restructured, Skylar focused on improving his own leadership skills while also taking a hard look at whether they had the right people on the team.

    For Superior Restoration the culture became the most important thing and Skylar pivoted to a more purposeful servant leadership style. For their team, running assessments and making hiring decisions based upon culture has been critical to their growth. The hiring process is set up to be in alignment with the company's core values, which follow the acronym C-O-M-E-T which stands for:

    Collaborate
    Own It
    Mindful
    Efficiency
    Thirst for Learning

    Skylar learned that by facing the areas that he needed to address himself as a leader, he was able to own the issues in his organization and then filter that clarity throughout the company.

    They also made their company financials fully transparent to the whole company and provided each employee with an aspect of that statement which they are responsible for. Each employee has a line item, tracks it and reports on that number every week with the whole company. There is clarity around the numbers and the financial health of the company and each employee is bonuses quarterly on the performance of the organization.

    Thank you for watching this video discussion from The DYOJO between Jon Isaacson, The Intentional Restorer and Skylar Lewis, Superior Restoration. You can listen to The DYOJO Podcast wherever fine podcasts are listened to (Spotify, Apple, Anchor, Google) and you can read more on this topic in Jon's monthly column The Intentional Restorer from Restoration and Remediation (R&R) Magazine.

    Superior Restoration https://superiorrestore.com
    Rise Up Kings https://www.riseupkings.com


    The DYOJO - https://www.thedyojo.com - Leadership development and business coaching for service base entrepreneurs.
    The DYOJO Podcast - https://www.thedyojopodcast.com
    The Intentional Restorer - https://www.randrmagonline.com


    Intro video for The Intentional Restorer created by the talented Ed Cross “The Restoration Lawyer” (guest on The DYOJO Podcast Episode 3)
    Music Todays Plan by DJ Freedom


    Skylar Shirt - Rise Up Kings
    Jon Shirt - Single Speed Screen Printing, Hat - Portland State University



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    • 51 min
    Ep. 18 Pro vs. Joe 003 - The growing pains of a young business

    Ep. 18 Pro vs. Joe 003 - The growing pains of a young business

    Bryan and Jon segue from discussing the Walmart meat truck from Tiger King to Joe Exotic's idea to open a pizza spot on the tiger farm...would you like the all meat special?  

    * Where do you go when you are looking for a good burger?  

    * Is In & Out the best chain burger restaurant?  

    * How about local pizza or sandwich shops?   



    Bryan recaps a lesson he learned, from listening to The DYOJO Podcast Episode #3 with Ed Cross “The Restoration Lawyer", about proper wiping for clean up services. Jon shares a disgusting story of cleaning up blood from a burst varicose vein.  The duo discusses horror stories with customers and the statement, “The best time to fire a client is before the job starts,” as mentioned in The DYOJO podcast Episode 7 with Amy Siedlecki.  

    * Knowing who you DON’T want to work with/for is as important as who you do - agree/disagree. 

    * How do you “screen” clients to determine if you want to work with/for them?  

    * Do you have a consistent intake process?   



    During Pro vs. Joe the two hosts bring their diverse experiences to this show for your listening pleasure, providing an industry education from two unique perspectives - the Joe who is just getting started with insurance repairs and the Pro who has been at it for some time.  "The Joe" Bryan Close has been in construction, business development and property management for many years but is new to the process of working within the insurance claims paradigm. Listeners who are new to property restoration will have the opportunity to learn the nuance of the industry with Bryan while veterans of the trades will find it refreshing to experience Bryan's excitement for this new opportunity.   "The Pro" Jon Isaacson, is known as "The Intentional Restorer" and many will recognize him from his interviews with Michelle Blevins of Restoration & Remediation Magazine (R&R) as well as Episode 5 of The GMS Podcast with Gerret Stier, The Claim Clinic and Blue Collar Nation Podcast. Jon has been working in property restoration for over 18 years, which is a while to some and just getting started compared to many others.   



    The DYOJO Podcast - https://www.thedyojopodcast.com - @thedyojopodcast  *New episodes drop every Monday and most Thursdays on Spotify, Apple, Anchor and Google platforms.  We hope you enjoyed this episode and the back and forth between the two hosts. Please check out The DYOJO Podcast and subscribe on Apple, Spotify, Anchor or Google. Subscribe and leave a thumbs up here on Youtube. You can stay up to date with the podcast and videos via Instagram @TheDYOJOPodcast - tag us and send us a note with feedback or a topic that you would like us to cover.   



    Wardrobe, accessories and shout outs: 

    * Bryan @close_bg - All American Real Estate Services jacket (@aaresinc), Tacoma Rainiers hat (@tacomarainiers) 

    * Jon @iz.vents - @theDYOJO black hoodie, Coppertop Construction hat, Ninkasi Brewing Peach Maiden the Shade Summer IPA   

    * Opening track unreleased song by Suganuts "Water"


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    • 1 hr 28 min

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