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Archive for October, 2013

SMITH SAVER: Daily Job Log Helps to Reduce Job Costs

Friday, October 11th, 2013

SMITH Manufacturing recommends keeping a Daily Job Log to save time and money!

SMITH Manufacturing recommends a job log for cost effectiveness

When it comes to finding easier ways to manage his company’s job activities, Mac Ancetti with Promate holds his crews responsible with a daily job log that must be turned in before the end of the day.

He says “my guys have smart phones, and they must complete our log during and after the job is complete. I know all the variables that affect my costs, so I can better prepare to finish on time.”

To see Mac’s Daily Job Log for his grinding truck operations, click here.

Peyton Manning’s Winning Feedback On and Off the Field

Friday, October 11th, 2013

Peyton Manning is certainly one of the greatest quarterbacks of all time.

And yet, after 14 seasons in the NFL, he feels that he still needs people giving him feedback, and helping him to maintain a fresh attitude and new ideas. He demands constant advice., especially from Adam Gase – his former quarterback coach and current offensive coordinator – to give him  specific and unceasing feedback. As Peyton said in the Denver Post (9/15/12) right after signing with the Broncos, “I think the  older you get, the more important it is to have a guy to watch your fundamentals, certainly go over defenses and reads and progressions, but also to go over your fundamentals, your throwing mechanics.” Peyton Manning But Peyton Manning also knows how to give feedback, a skill never more on display than during the October 16, 2013 Sunday-night victory against the Dallas Cowboys. In only his second year as quarterback for the Broncos, Peyton Manning used feedback to guide his teammates’ responses and patterns to the plays he called – showing them what he wanted and how he does it, all while giving them plenty of positives for the performances his feedback was reshaping. The results speak for themselves – and so now do the NFL records.

He said after last Sunday’s game, “It’s hard to enjoy a touchdown drive when their offense is hot and you really are going to have to go out there and do it all again.” But do it he did, And the most interesting feedback he gave to his team in the last minute was to get a first down at the one yard line, but NOT score until the clock ran down until there were only a few seconds left to play, ensuring  that Dallas wouldn’t get the ball back with time to score.

Now, think of Peyton Manning as a manager for your company. If the way he studies his teammates is any indication, he would know all the tendencies of his direct reports – their strengths and weaknesses – and he would ask for their feedback to help him communicate more effectively with them. From the feedback of the top brass, he would know the direction in which the enterprise is moving and would, in turn, give feedback to his team so they (like his offensive line) would know their parts as participants in the grand scheme. Often, Peyton will leave post-it-notes on some of his players’ lockers with congratulations on a great practice, or something they need to work on.

From “feedback on the fly” during the games to “feedback in context” after the game, few can come close to the close communication Peyton Manning maintains with his team.

SMITH Core Values

Saturday, October 5th, 2013

Core Values at SMITH

Great companies are defined by their great people. Every great company, from Apple, Amazon and Disney to Coke and Starbucks, was built just like ours: with a dream, in a garage, with great people. They hired people – men and women with the right core values – to help them build a company that everyone from employees and customers to vendors, partners and shareholders would admire.

There is no real magic to being a great company. Deep down, they all have a collection of people who share their core values; people who are what we call the “Right People” for them.

We understand that Core Values are just plaques on a wall for many organizations. We are not that kind of company. At SMITH, we have defined 5 Core Values that describe what the “Right People” look like for our company:

Passion

A SMITH employee is truly passionate, meaning we truly love what we do, and endeavor to be the very best at helping our customers and our fellow SMITH employees succeed, even when no one is watching, or may ever even know what we did.

Team Oriented

A SMITH employee is an appreciative and helpful team player who treats everyone with respect, and knows that as a member of the SMITH team, we will achieve more by working together.

Strong Work Ethic

A SMITH employee has a strong work ethic, a sense of urgency, and perseveres to get things done right and on time.

Responsible

A SMITH employee demonstrates personal responsibility with a can-do attitude by showing up on time, doing what they say they will do, and paying attention to the little details that make a big difference, while always holding ourselves accountable for our actions.

Solutions Oriented

A SMITH employee is solutions oriented, meaning we are a helpful resource to our teammates and customers, as well as being innovative and inquisitive in how we can make the hard removal work faster and easier. Our thirst for knowledge and a non-stop motor is why our customers seek us out, and continue to come back.

 
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