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More On First-Time Managers

Showing the group the big picture and tailoring skill sets to the workload can pay off.
With this year coming to an end and a new business year starting next month, this is a good time for a first-time manager to stop and take one last look at her first year business plan and assess how things went relative to the company’s goals; the employees within the group’s goals; and the group’s sales, revenue, and operating budget.
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Third-Party Troubleshooting Review - Part 2

Mapping out the system and walking to conclusions will go a long way in solving mechanical errors.
Continuing on with Part 2 of the discussion on troubleshooting problematic HVAC systems and buildings, I want to get a little more detailed with how to grasp the big picture when starting out with problem solving an installation.
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Advice For First-Time Managers

Draw your map, and help others draw theirs.
Several years ago, I wrote book titled Managing People In The HVAC/R Industry, and in it, I dedicated a chapter to those who take on the challenge of being a first-time manager.
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Dress For Success

What you wear says a lot about who you are.
Back in 1975, John T. Molloy wrote a book titled Dress for Success.
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Leaving A Legacy

Who does that? Don’t rule yourself out too quickly.
If you are one of the fortunate ones to have had the opportunity to work in the building industry throughout your career, you probably don’t think you can or will leave a legacy for others to benefit from being in this business.
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Third-Party Troubleshooting Review - Part 1

Commitments to the process and to listening are just two qualifications you will need for this job.
Third-party troubleshooting review of problematic HVAC installations can be a profitable business if done correctly.
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Third-Party Peer Review

It’s not a job for everyone, but follow these steps and you’re on your way to success.
Third-party peer review can be a profitable business if done correctly both technically and professionally.
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More On Doing The Right Thing

Advice for the jobsite, including don’t play “the blame game.”
To follow up last month’s discussion on doing the right thing when it comes to addressing another person/company’s problem(s), let’s look at a few scenarios, problems, pitfalls, and approaches to correcting an error.
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Doing The Right Thing

Pointing out design flaws isn’t easy, but engineers must apply their best assessments for the building owner.
The other day, a colleague of mine mentioned to me that she was taking on a project where others in her company were not happy.
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Prepare And Complete An HVAC Project Closeout Punch List

It’s nobody’s favorite part, but the road to performance goes through this paperwork.
This is the fourth and final column on preparation and completing specific consulting engineering tasks that are traditionally covered in the design engineering firm’s consulting fee.
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