Power of Association

Power of Association

I was lucky enough to have the honor to serve as the 2016 National Chair of the Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC).  When you research ABC on their website, you will notice their mission statement is: ABC will continually strive to be the leading voice...
Muddy Rain

Muddy Rain

Yesterday a coworker, Sylvia, asked if I knew what muddy rain was and if I had ever seen it.  I told her I didn’t, and I hadn’t.  She explained that “muddy rain” is when high winds kick dirt into the air, creating a dust storm aloft, rain...
Baby Above Self

Baby Above Self

Last week my daughter, Anne, and son-in-law, Jon, had a daughter.  Her name is Amelia, and she is our first grandchild.  She is a treasure to everybody in the family.  My wife, Sue, and I hustled up from Nebraska to Minnesota to visit her.  Our daughter Sara also...
Communication Going Deeper

Communication Going Deeper

Recent SWOT (Strength/Weakness/Opportunity/Threat) analysis at Willmar Electric told the leaders several things.  Most notably, communication is essential. Not really a news flash.  If you didn’t already know the importance of communication, you likely are part of a...
Merit Shop in Action

Merit Shop in Action

Merit Shop is one of our core values.  It would be impossible to call ourselves a Merit Shop if we didn’t do individual evaluations. At Willmar Electric, evaluations are a two-part process.  Part one is the performance evaluation.  February is performance evaluation...