PCA Portland President’s Newsletter: September 26, 2022

Hello PCA Portland Chapter Members & Industry Friends!

September 26, 2022

What a year! It is almost October. If you are like me, you have had your head down since the weather broke back in June. With the seasons changing and our schedules freeing up (a bit), it allows me to lift my head, look around, and ponder the year that was: what went well, and where were there are areas of opportunity?

Ian Siegner from Siegner and Company spoke at our March meeting about the skilled labor shortage. We have experienced plenty of this. It continues to be a challenge today, and most of the workers we see tend to overstate their qualifications. Finding a leader, someone who people are willing to follow, is even more challenging. We needed creative ways to retain employees. What we learned:

  • It is more than a paycheck for most people. Company culture, reputation, and growth matter. Lean into this to celebrate and accentuate the positive.
  • Training is retaining.
  • Training videos provide consistent messaging for all employees.

In May, Brandon Vaughn with Wise Coatings took the conversation one step further. Planning for growth also calls for increased infrastructure. If your organization goes from one million to five million in revenue per year, is your overhead (accounts payable, accounts receivable, human resources, warehouse, trucks, etc.) there to meet the demand?  We learned we need to:

  • Change our mindset to let go of control.
  • Upgrade our systems.
  • Understand that the addition of people is necessary for growth.
  • Hire our replacement so that we may promote ourselves.

What I took away from these amazing presentations and conversations from our events so far this year is that as the owner or leader of your organization, you need to let go. You need to delegate some of your responsibility so that you can think more strategically about your company. As leaders, we need to create opportunities to lift our heads up more than quarterly. We need to plan by letting go.

I encourage you to join us at the Buffalo Gap on Tuesday, October 18th at 4:30 PM for some great programming. We welcome John Purcell, Mindset Coach. We will be bringing the conversation more inward this time; toward ourselves as we delve into “Overcoming the Hurdles of Our Own Making.”  I hope you give yourself the afternoon off and join us. You are needed, wanted, and welcome.

Keep your head up, and I will see you on October 18th! Register  before October 1 for early bird savings.

If you ever have any questions or need any advice, don’t hesitate to touch base with us.

Michael Moloney
2022 PCA Portland Chapter President
Division Manager, Pacific Industrial Painting, a division of ATG
M: 503.913.6995

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