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CAM Wins 2017 GUCA Safety Awards

It was a big night at the GUCA convention on March 29th for C.A. Murren in safety. We are proud to announce that C.A. Murren and Sons is the recipient of the 2017 GUCA Hard Hat Award for Safety for Overall Plant Contractor winner. These safety awards are presented annually at the GUCA Spring Quarterly Meeting. We are very honored to have been presented with these awards for three years running! Thank you to our Safety Managers and all of our wonderful employees for WORKING SAFE and allowing us to qualify for these awards.

By |2018-05-23T12:21:42+00:00May 23rd, 2018|News|Comments Off on CAM Wins 2017 GUCA Safety Awards

Fundamental No. 25 – Contribute to Profit

We're in business to generate value while making money. We all play a role in building revenue that exceeds our expenses. Look for ways to increase our sales, develop new clients, and control our expenses. What is profit and where does it come from? The goal of a business is to make profit. Profit is the fuel that allows us to serve our customers well, to pay our staff, and to grow.  The more value we add for our customers, the more profit we can generate.  Since profit is the difference between our revenue and our expenses, the only way [...]

By |2017-09-15T13:36:35+00:00September 15th, 2017|News|Comments Off on Fundamental No. 25 – Contribute to Profit

Fundamental No. 17 – Think and Act Like an Owner

Think and act like an Owner – Make decisions by asking yourself, “What would I do if this were my company?  What would I do if this were my own money?  Will this help the company to succeed?” Construction and Business 101 The construction business is a very competitive and pressure-filled industry, one where it is critical for us to distinguish ourselves from our competitors.  There is always another company that will offer the same product and services at a price that is close to, or less than ours.  Therefore, being successful in the construction business means two things; providing [...]

By |2017-07-21T13:46:27+00:00July 21st, 2017|News|Comments Off on Fundamental No. 17 – Think and Act Like an Owner

Fundamental No. 16 – Walk In Your Customer’s Shoes

Who is your customer? According to Peter Drucker, "a customer is anyone that can tell you 'no'", and similarly, Sam Walton asserts that "There is only one boss. The customer. And he can fire everybody in the company, from the chairman on down, simply by spending his money somewhere else." That's pretty big stuff. In your world and within the company, who has the ability to say 'no' to you? Yes! Believe it or not, we all have customers. Every person in the company has at least one customer that they must satisfy, and that's why fundamental number 16 is [...]

By |2017-07-14T12:51:27+00:00July 14th, 2017|News|Comments Off on Fundamental No. 16 – Walk In Your Customer’s Shoes

Fundamental No. 15 – Lead By Example

Lead By Example - The best way to influence others is through your own example. Don’t wait for others to change. Be the change you want to see. Start by Leading Yourself Learning to lead yourself takes work.  The learning part comes in developing those skills, attitudes and habits that make you a better leader.  Leadership requires a commitment to continually educate and develop yourself, nurturing complex relationships and earning the respect of those you lead, those you follow, and those who either regularly or occasionally are part of your life. The journey begins inside. Therefore, the first person you [...]

By |2017-07-06T19:01:34+00:00July 6th, 2017|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Fundamental No. 15 – Lead By Example

Fundamental No. 14 – Deliver Results

Deliver Results - Be productive.  While effort is appreciated, we reward and celebrate results.  Set high goals, use measurements to track your progress, and hold yourself accountable for achieving those results. The 5 Game Changers that Ensure a Manager Delivers Results On Time: Great Organizational Skills - a manager who gets results is one who can plan, outline, delegate Good Enough is Good Enough - the best managers don't try to be a perfectionist and have learned to recognize when a job that is not perfect is still done right. Team Work - an effective manager knows that effective leadership [...]

By |2017-06-30T12:53:54+00:00June 30th, 2017|News|Comments Off on Fundamental No. 14 – Deliver Results

Fundamental No. 13 – Work Smart

Work Smart - Be organized and plan your work for maximum efficiency. Have all the tools necessary before starting your work. Be thoughtful about your schedule, and have a game plan for your calls, your tasks, and your workday.  Know the priorities and work on them first. Work with a sense of urgency and get stuff done. Hard Work vs. Smart Work Is it important to work hard or not?  Yes. Of course, you have to be ‘smart’ about working hard, but hard work always pays. Just being smart or working smart is only half of the real story. The [...]

By |2017-06-23T12:44:27+00:00June 23rd, 2017|News|Comments Off on Fundamental No. 13 – Work Smart

Fundamental No. 12 – Be Positive.

Be Positive - You have the power to choose your attitude. Choose to be optimistic and see the possibilities. Give people the benefit of the doubt. Optimism creates energy and energy creates success. Positive thinking: Positively Ridiculous? For all those glass half-empty types, let's dive right into the negative side of this fundamental: reasons why a positive mental attitude doesn't work. (For glass half-fullers: don't worry, there will be a rebuttal): 1. Negative thinking is more realistic. 2. Positive thinking won't change the reality of things, and positive thinkers have no clue about the real world. 3. Positive thinkers are annoying and [...]

By |2017-06-16T14:38:00+00:00June 16th, 2017|News|Comments Off on Fundamental No. 12 – Be Positive.