One thing that has become Mike DuKate’s mantra during his 24 years in the remodeling business is “Eat your frogs!”
What Mike, the owner of the company I work for means by this is, “Get the unpleasant out of the way first.”
This has translated into concrete terms for us at DuKate Remodeling. We need to make sure we eat those frogs, one bite at a time every day -- make that unpleasant call first, deal with that vendor, review that report that is mind-boggling -- get it out of the way and get going on business!
Anything we dread doing will pull at us all day until we flat out, to borrow a phrase from Nike, ‘Just Do It’! The following are some of the froggie appetizers we systematically eat:
Execute the Schedule
reviewed the schedule this a.m.
notified the trade partners as soon as we were aware
gave updates to our clients
conducted a weekly meeting prior to the weekend
removed debris and swept
arranged tools and materials in an orderly fashion
review the budget to actual at least 1x a week
Enhance Skills and Self
kept abreast of facts
reviewed an article and/or a chapter this week of trade related materials
Ribet, Ribet. --Kathy Shertzer is office manager at DuKate Remodeling in Franklin, Ind.