Like what you said yesterday Linda about quality being more than just a nail in the wall. Most carpenters are such perfectionists when it comes to their craft. It is good to be reminded of all the other things that make what we do a great project. I also like how you ended your post about creating, using, improving systems in our company: “It will also allow all of us to be able to add our own personalities to the tasks at hand. And this is what allows all of us to enjoy and take pride in the experience.”
Got a lot of thoughts to share, I will try to be short and to the point.
Speaking for myself, I really like what I do – I love working with my hands, skills and imagination to create useful things for people. I like removing the old, broken down things and replacing them with new beautiful things that work well. It makes me happy to see a homeowner’s face light up with pride and excitement when they see a job completed to their satisfaction. In the past this meant a full blown home remodel, now it means door replacement. The size of our projects has slimmed down, but, not my pride and satisfaction in seeing a job well done.
At this stage of my life and career, I want to pass these skills along to others – don’t care if they are employees or independent contractors – Linda, you take care of that part so we do it right and everyone is protected. I want to show young men and women that there are other things that they can do with their hands besides texting. I want to show them how to respect the craft and skills of those carpenters who came before us in the work that we are tearing down to rebuild. I want to teach them how to take those “old time skills” and combine them with the latest greatest technology. And when they do learn these things well, they will have a craft that will give them the power to take control of their own lives.
And I want this company to be a place where they can learn, work, “enjoy and take pride in the experience”. Let’s make this happen, Linda!
It’s a brand new day, listen well and make it a great one!
About our blog posts:
We decided to share what it is like to be on the inside of our family owned business. This will be a review of our past, striving to improve our present and looking with great hope to the future, as we pass the keys over to our adult children Katie and Charlie.
Monday is Chuck’s perspective; Friday is Linda’s. As they will, Katie and Charlie may guest blog.
Wednesday we are going to talk about doors and intallations, so stay tuned.