180 episodes

Helping contractors shorten their DANG learning curve. The DYOJO Podcast will INFORM and ENTERTAIN. Personal and professional development for the skilled trades, construction, insurance claims, and property restoration. Thursdays are for The DYOJO Podcast.

This podcast is hosted by contractor and author, Jon Isaacson, aka The Intentional Restorer. Content for: Insurance claims professionals, property restoration contractors, construction business owners, skilled trades estimators, project managers, developing leaders, aspiring technicians, and insurance adjusters. TheDYOJO.com/podcast

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    • 4.3 • 14 Ratings

Helping contractors shorten their DANG learning curve. The DYOJO Podcast will INFORM and ENTERTAIN. Personal and professional development for the skilled trades, construction, insurance claims, and property restoration. Thursdays are for The DYOJO Podcast.

This podcast is hosted by contractor and author, Jon Isaacson, aka The Intentional Restorer. Content for: Insurance claims professionals, property restoration contractors, construction business owners, skilled trades estimators, project managers, developing leaders, aspiring technicians, and insurance adjusters. TheDYOJO.com/podcast

    116 What Do Customers Know

    116 What Do Customers Know

    We know customers aren’t always right. Yet, how come in insurance claims, property restoration, and construction projects we perpetuate this mantra of, “Do right by the customer”? In Episode 116 of The DYOJO Podcast, we will review whether this mindset leads to the positive project outcomes that all parties are looking for.


    In Episode 116 of The DYOJO Podcast

    0:00 The customer isn't always right

    1:32 Restoration contractor convention

    2:45 Do right by the customer - construction scope of work

    8:18 Making the impossible possible

    13:40 Do right by the customer - insurance scope of work

    16:51 Who knows the most

    19:39 Thinking differently about the project management role

    21:22 Construction cost disputes


    Clips were used in this Episode from

    * The RIA Martin L King Award introduction video

    * Scott Seiss Comedy

    * Due South Inspections / Due South Brad

    * 100 TDP Matching Materials for Insurance Claims

    * Let The Structure Speak by Jon Isaacson (C&R Magazine)


    LAST EPISODETDP

    115 Property Restoration and Insurance Claim Contractors Convention


    NEXT EPISODE

    Join us as we discuss hard construction lessons learned from a failed nuclear power plant in Elma, Washington. AND we will discuss some unique perspectives on recruiting, hiring, and developing professionals for the construction project management role.



    Thursdays are for The DYOJO Podcast - helping contractors shorten their DANG learning curve. Join host Jon Isaacson as we explore contractor stories, experiences, and best practices to help listeners thrive in the skilled trades.



    THANK YOU SPONSORS:



    Actionable Insights has built the Actionable Xactimate Profile which provides live estimating guidance while you work in Xactimate to help your estimating team avoid costly mistakes. Create accurate, more complete estimates with the Actionable Profile. It's a no-brainer for anyone looking to upgrade their Xactimate estimating workflow - no more estimating mistakes, no more missed line items.



    EPIC Estimates - Any estimate, anywhere, anytime. Let the award-winning EPIC Estimates help your team write the next Xactimate or Symbility estimate. Freeing your team up to do what they're good at, while helping your business maximize productivity and profitability.



    Restoration Industry Association (RIA) - Connect and collaborate with your industry peers through the largest non-profit professional trade association dedicated to the unique plight of restoration contractors. Join us April 8-10, 2024 in Dallas for the Restoration Industry Association Convention and Industry Expo. Discounts are available for early registration.



    P2T: Preparing 2 Thrive in the Modern Workplace⁠ is the latest book from Jon Isaacson. P2T was written to help young professionals develop the mindsets and habits to thrive in the modern workplace. Employers are handing P2T out to new hires by the DOZENS.



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    • 24 min
    115 Property Restoration and Insurance Claim Contractors Convention

    115 Property Restoration and Insurance Claim Contractors Convention

    In this episode of The DYOJO Podcast we share tips for making the most of the Restoration Industry Association (RIA) annual convention and expo. This year it will be in Dallas, Texas, April 8 - 10, 2024. Watch and listen for several Passport Stops that will help you elevate your mindsets and habits as a contractor specializing with insurance claims and disaster recovery. 



    In Episode 115 of The DYOJO Podcast 

    0:00 Industry Issues & Drama

    4:48 Passport #1 

    9:57 Passport #3 

    14:07 The DYOJO Audiobooks 

    16:37 Passport #4 

    19:12 Passport #5

    20:57 Passport #6 

    23:34 Passport #8  

    26:20 Property Restoration History 

    31:53 Passport #11



    Clips were used in this Episode from 

    * The RIA Martin L King Award introduction video 

    * Several prior episodes of The DYOJO Podcast 



    Articles Cited Include

    * A Brief Walk Through RIA History by Michelle Blevins (R&R Magazine) 

    * Founding Fathers of Restoration by Pete Consigli (RIA Website, C&R Magazine) 

    * Restoration’s History and the Modern Restorer by Jon Isaacson and Pete Consigli (Cleanfax Magazine) 



    LAST EPISODE

    TDP 114 No One Wants to Work



    NEXT EPISODE 

    Join us as we discuss hard construction lessons learned from a failed nuclear power plant in Elma, Washington. 



    Thursdays are for The DYOJO Podcast - helping contractors shorten their DANG learning curve. Join host Jon Isaacson as we explore contractor stories, experiences, and best practices to help listeners thrive in the skilled trades. 



    THANK YOU SPONSORS:

    Actionable Insights has built the Actionable Xactimate Profile which provides live estimating guidance while you work in Xactimate to help your estimating team avoid costly mistakes. Create accurate, more complete estimates with the Actionable Profile. It's a no-brainer for anyone looking to upgrade their Xactimate estimating workflow - no more estimating mistakes, no more missed line items.



    EPIC Estimates - Any estimate, anywhere, anytime. Let the award-winning EPIC Estimates help your team write the next Xactimate or Symbility estimate. Freeing your team up to do what they're good at, while helping your business maximize productivity and profitability.  



    Restoration Industry Association (RIA) - Connect and collaborate with your industry peers through the largest non-profit professional trade association dedicated to the unique plight of restoration contractors. Join us April 8-10, 2024 in Dallas for the Restoration Industry Association Convention and Industry Expo. Discounts are available for early registration. 



    P2T: Preparing 2 Thrive in the Modern Workplace⁠ is the latest book from Jon Isaacson. P2T was written to help young professionals develop the mindsets and habits to thrive in the modern workplace. Employers are handing P2T out to new hires by the DOZENS. 



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    Theme - It's Only Worth It If You Work For It by NEFFEX

    • 37 min
    114 No One Wants to Work

    114 No One Wants to Work

    In this episode of The DYOJO Podcast we review an interesting scenario where a podcast host gets called out or canceled for comments made regarding paid time off on Tik Tok. By doing so, we unravel some of the ways employers and employees can create better outcomes in the workplace. We confront mindsets and habit from old school mindsets, young professionals, and leadership catchphrases.


    In Episode 114 of The DYOJO Podcast



    0:00 No One Wants to Work
    5:07 Should Employees Give a Reason for PTO?
    9:42 Podcast Host Called Out by Employee
    15:02 Management Echo Chambers
    21:49 Did You Get Canceled, Or are You a Jerk?
    24:32 Better Employee Communication



    Clips were used in this Episode from

    * Demoted Podcast

    * 23 Nightmarish Job Descriptions by Hannah Marder



    LAST EPISODE

    TDP 113 Learning from Job Description and Interview Fails



    NEXT EPISODE

    Join us as we discuss hard construction lessons learned from a failed nuclear power plant in Elma, Washington.



    Thursdays are for The DYOJO Podcast - helping contractors shorten their DANG learning curve. Join host Jon Isaacson as we explore contractor stories, experiences, and best practices to help listeners thrive in the skilled trades.



    THANK YOU SPONSORS:



    Actionable Insights has built the Actionable Xactimate Profile which provides live estimating guidance while you work in Xactimate to help your estimating team avoid costly mistakes. Create accurate, more complete estimates with the Actionable Profile. It's a no-brainer for anyone looking to upgrade their Xactimate estimating workflow - no more estimating mistakes, no more missed line items.



    EPIC Estimates - Any estimate, anywhere, anytime. Let the award-winning EPIC Estimates help your team write the next Xactimate or Symbility estimate. Freeing your team up to do what they're good at, while helping your business maximize productivity and profitability.



    Restoration Industry Association (RIA) - Connect and collaborate with your industry peers through the largest non-profit professional trade association dedicated to the unique plight of restoration contractors. Join us April 8-10, 2024 in Dallas for the Restoration Industry Association Convention and Industry Expo. Discounts are available for early registration.



    P2T: Preparing 2 Thrive in the Modern Workplace⁠ is the latest book from Jon Isaacson. P2T was written to help young professionals develop the mindsets and habits to thrive in the modern workplace. Employers are handing P2T out to new hires by the DOZENS.



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    Theme - It's Only Worth It If You Work For It by NEFFEX

    • 26 min
    113 Learning from Job Description and Interview Fails

    113 Learning from Job Description and Interview Fails

    Business owners and managers complain about the lack of quality applicants and employees who won't stick around. We take a look at some examples of terrible job descriptions for ways construction professionals can better navigate the recruitment process. We will also review some clips of hilariously bad job interviews for ways modern businesses can better connect with young professionals.


    IN EPISODE 113 of THE DYOJO PODCAST:


    0:00 Worst Job Interviews
    5:51 Designing a Company Around Values with Al Erisman
    8:19 The Shingle Principle
    13:12 Tips to Prepare for a Job Interview
    14:37 Terrible Job Descriptions
    24:10 P2T Chapter 5 Audiobook


    Clips were used in this Episode from

    * Too Apree on YouTube

    * TDP 49 with Al Erisman, author of The ServiceMaster Story

    * P2T: Preparing 2 Thrive in the Modern Workplace (book) Chapter 5



    PRIOR EPISODE

    TDP 112 Creating a Competitive Business Advantage in 2024


    NEXT EPISODE

    Join us as we discuss hard construction lessons learned from a failed nuclear power plant in Elma, Washington.


    Thursdays are for The DYOJO Podcast - helping contractors shorten their DANG learning curve. Join host Jon Isaacson as we explore contractor stories, experiences, and best practices to help listeners thrive in the skilled trades.



    THANK YOU SPONSORS:



    Actionable Insights has built the Actionable Xactimate Profile which provides live estimating guidance while you work in Xactimate to help your estimating team avoid costly mistakes. Create accurate, more complete estimates with the Actionable Profile. It's a no-brainer for anyone looking to upgrade their Xactimate estimating workflow - no more estimating mistakes, no more missed line items.



    EPIC Estimates - Any estimate, anywhere, anytime. Let the award-winning EPIC Estimates help your team write the next Xactimate or Symbility estimate. Freeing your team up to do what they're good at, while helping your business maximize productivity and profitability.



    Restoration Industry Association (RIA) - Connect and collaborate with your industry peers through the largest non-profit professional trade association dedicated to the unique plight of restoration contractors. Join us April 8-10, 2024 in Dallas for the Restoration Industry Association Convention and Industry Expo. Discounts are available for early registration.



    P2T: Preparing 2 Thrive in the Modern Workplace⁠ is the latest book from Jon Isaacson. P2T was written to help young professionals develop the mindsets and habits to thrive in the modern workplace. Employers are handing P2T out to new hires by the DOZENS.



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    Theme - It's Only Worth It If You Work For It by NEFFEX

    • 31 min
    Standing Out in a Job Interview - Tips for Employers and Employees

    Standing Out in a Job Interview - Tips for Employers and Employees

    For those of you watching, who are actually preparing for an interview, we will help you Prepare 2 Thrive. For those business owners, managers, parents, and educators, you will want to share this information with young professionals preparing for interviews. What we discuss in this video will help job seekers stand out and thrive in a job interview.



    Here are the tips for thriving in a job interview that we share in
    P2T: Preparing 2 Thrive in the Modern Workplace


    Read and reread the job description


    Research the company
    Prepare a cover letter and references
    Prepare your own questions
    Rehearse the interview
    Dress the part
    Don't be afraid to ask questions



    Read about these tips and many more in P2T: Preparing 2 Thrive in the Modern Workplace by Jon Isaacson.





    THANK YOU SPONSORS:

    ​Actionable Insights now has a ⁠Xactimate Profile⁠ similar to the Contractor & Carrier Profiles that come with Xactimate. Along with access to all the Insights Sheet Macros, the profile includes Actionable’s industry-standard default preferences that focus on accurate and transparent estimating. 

    ⁠EPIC Estimates⁠ - Any estimate, anywhere, anytime. Let the award-winning EPIC Estimates help your team write the next Xactimate or Symbility estimate. Freeing your team up to do what their good at, while helping your business maximize productivity and profitability. 

    ⁠Restoration Industry Association⁠ (RIA) - Connect and collaborate with your industry peers through the largest non-profit professional trade association dedicated to the unique plight of restoration contractors. Join us April 8-10, 2024 in Dallas for the Restoration Industry Association Convention and Industry Expo. Discounts are available for early registration. 

    ⁠P2T: Preparing 2 Thrive in the Modern Workplace⁠ is the latest book from Jon Isaacson. P2T was written to help young professionals develop the mindsets and habits to thrive in the modern workplace. Employers are handing P2T out to new hires by the DOZENS. 

    • 5 min
    Structuring Your Business for Growth - TDP 22 Replay PLUS

    Structuring Your Business for Growth - TDP 22 Replay PLUS

    We take a trip down memory lane with a REPLAY plus of Episode 22 of The DYOJO Podcast. We discussed growing your business without compromising your values with guest Lex Sisney, author of Organizational Physics and Designed to Scale. 



    In this BONUS Episode 

    0:00 Jon is traveling to Winter Break 

    4:12 Review of an old episode 

    8:51 Business structure vs. process

    15:14 Organization design is not a democratic process 

    23:52 Creating change


    THANK YOU SPONSORS:


    Actionable Insights now has a Xactimate Profile similar to the Contractor & Carrier Profiles that come with Xactimate. Along with access to all the Insights Sheet Macros, the profile includes Actionable’s industry-standard default preferences that focus on accurate and transparent estimating.


    EPIC Estimates - Any estimate, anywhere, anytime. Let the award-winning EPIC Estimates help your team write the next Xactimate or Symbility estimate. Freeing your team up to do what their good at, while helping your business maximize productivity and profitability.

    Restoration Industry Association (RIA) - Connect and collaborate with your industry peers through the largest non-profit professional trade association dedicated to the unique plight of restoration contractors. Join us April 8-10, 2024 in Dallas for the Restoration Industry Association Convention and Industry Expo. Discounts are available for early registration.


    P2T: Preparing 2 Thrive in the Modern Workplace is the latest book from Jon Isaacson. P2T was written to help young professionals develop the mindsets and habits to thrive in the modern workplace. Employers are handing P2T out to new hires by the DOZENS.



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Customer Reviews

4.3 out of 5
14 Ratings

14 Ratings

BlueTudor ,

Jon is hilarious

Great podcast with Great content. John is a consummate professional when talking about his skills because he is an expert.

Surgeaka67 ,

Great Content, difficult to listen to.

Five seconds into the the show, and there was a sound byte. FIVE seconds into the show and there was a gimmick sound byte. This show is all over the place but when you’re able to follow, and catch what Jon says it’s really good, very knowledgeable. I listened to Jon on the restoration rundown and the show was good. Just tone it down with the gimmicky sound effects and you’ll have a good show, this would be a 5 star show but the sound bytes drop the quality of the show imo.

mykolTradez ,

Good content, But tough to listen to at times.

Great content and lots of value info to learn from. But most episodes are so hard to listen to with all the special effects and such wish I could listen more often but definitely one of my last resorts due to this reason. Wish it was just a basic flow not so gimmickyish sound effects and trying to be over the top “cool” or “different” keep it simple imo. Keep up the good work on the actual content tho.

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