April 2015

How can we improve as a company? Are there ways our office can support our projects, sites, and field personnel more effectively? Is the right information being communicated from sites and projects to office support? What can we do to individually improve our skills and knowledge to work safer and be more efficient? These are all questions we are constantly asking ourselves and hope everyone else is as well. The best answers to these questions involve training.

We read a quote the other day that we thought should be shared with everyone.

“The difference between who you are and who you want to be is what you do.” – Unknown

How does this apply to Lee Mechanical and what are we talking about? Lee Mechanical has come a long way through the years, with this being our 30th year in business. As we look back at where we were then and where we are now it is a direct result of each individual person’s contributions, efforts, and decisions. There have been mistakes and set-backs along the way, but we have learned from them and improved as a result. Today we have a great group of people satisfying customers and successfully completing projects all over the United States. We are proud of everyone in this company and the learning and development each person has done to become the person he/she is today.

This quote really applies to the future though. Who do we want to be in the future and what are we going to do to ensure we get there? We want to improve, develop, grow, and be a better version of who we are now. We all learn something and improve ourselves when we fail or do something wrong, but this comes at a cost. Those costs can come in the form of time, energy, money, and even relationships. Training is how we can get there without suffering the consequences of trial and error learning.

When we participate in training we are in a controlled (or supervised) environment learning from the knowledge, experience, and prior mistakes of others. In short, we are learning and improving without consequence. We need to all commit to training ourselves and those around us more often and continuously. Another great quote from Peter F. Drucker is, “No one learns as much about a subject as one who is forced to teach it.” This applies to all of us. If we teach those around us what we know, it refreshes and enhances our experience as well.

We look forward to being the most knowledgeable and safe contractor in the industry. Thank you all for committing to training and improving not only in the past, but from here on as well to achieve this. Look for opportunities to continually develop yourself and those around you personally, professionally, emotionally, physically, and in any other possible way.

Let us all train harder and become the better version of ourselves we want to be.

Ernie, Nick and Corey