How to ‘turnaround’ your business: Step 4

Step four: Knowing yourself

Tower Force Times – Vol 18 – Safety Is A Priority At Tower Force


Tower Force Safety Is A Priority

Tower Force has a 5+ year ZERO TRIR

Like many services in our business the Tower Force tower field services are a risk prone business that has to be mitigated by utilizing professionals for the work and site specific training before they arrive on the job. The expectation of the management at Tower Force is that each field professional brings with them the skills needed for the job including an attitude that safety is a priority. This formula has done well for Tower Force. After over 5 years in business Tower Force has an injury TRIR rate of ZERO and has been awarded the 2019 GPSA Midstream safety award for it’s effort in the midstream industry last year.


Turnaround your business - step 4

How to “turnaround” your business Step 4

Our resident writer and marketing guy Whitney Strickland is writing a series of articles for BIC magazine about how to turnaround your turnaround business in 12 steps. The latest article is on Step 4 which deals with taking an inventory not only of the business but yourself. You can read the full article here

If you haven’t read steps 1-3, we suggest you start here


Happy June Birthday to our Employees!

Rodrigo Trevino, Rafael Ramirez, Jose Hernandez, Octavio Salinas Jr., Benaia Espinosa, Cesar Montemayor, Thelma Torres, Noe Reyna, Charmella Guidry, Rodney Regalado, Sergio Flores, Jose Estrada Morales, Juan Carpio, Pedro Samaniego, Manuel Mendez, Merardo Mendez, Juan Maldonado, Jose Uresti, Armando Gutierrez, Rolando Seanz, Elijah Jones, Omar Camarillo, Asael Lopez, Rolando Lopez III, Carlos DeLeon, Rodolfo Bocanegro, Jesus Martinez Hernandez, David Silva, Jose Uriegas, Benjamin Ramirez, Efren Garcia, Ruben Trejo, Apolonio Miranda, Mario Morales, Erick Sanchez, Raul Garza Jr., Jesus Gonzalez, Jason Delgado, Daniel Olvera, Christian Granados, Fortino Villegas, Arturo Garza Jr., Jesus Pompa

If you see them on a job site please wish them a Happy Birthday!


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Tower Force Times – Vol 17 – Desalters Are One Of Our Specialties


Desalters are one of our specialties! Desalter refinery process unit

The Tower Force field services teams are very familiar with the complex internals of a desalter. Our teams work with manufacturers such as Desalters LLC in order to supply customers with the best product and the best services during these types of installations. Tower Force performs thousands of hours of desalter work each year. Please give us a call if you need any desalter work quoted please call us at 281-506-7152.

Desalter = A refinery process unit that removes salt from crude oil.

 

 


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Tower Force office now open!

 

 

Although the Tower Force field service crews have been working throughout the pandemic on various job sites many of our office employees have been working from home. We are happy to announce that on May 18th our office will be open with restrictions recommended by Harris County and the Center for Disease Controls

 

 


Happy May Birthday to our Employees! Happy May Birthday to our Employees!

 

Bonifacio Cibrian, Orlando Maldonado, Antonio Martinez Jr., Ismael Lucio, Alfredo Nandin, Karl Jones, Rolando Ramirez, Jose Mata, Steven Waters, Luis Rubio, Ruben Guevara, Anibal Serna, Roy Warren, Esther Aleman, Alfonso Contreras, Luis Sandoval, Dagoberto Trevino, Leoncio Escamilla-Vasquez, Jacob Leras, Sergio Cerda, Mario Cabriales, Jorge Gomez, Eduardo Navarro Jr., Alberto Rojas, Alejandro Rodriguez, Sergio Perez, Juan Castillo, Fidel Santana Jr., Rodolfo Reyes, Marco Cardona, Rodolfo Gonzalez Jr., John Zamora, Jesus Montelongo, Paul Zavala, Mariano Pizana, Erik Hurtado, Dali Reyes, Antonio Villegas, Adrian Morales, Alvaro Bocanegra Jr., Derel Carlisle, Joshua Roman, Jorge Delgado, Ramsey Ramirez, and Alejandro Flores!

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How To ‘Turnaround’ Your Business: Step 3

Step three: Open-mindedness

 

Willingness is the third step in my series of 12 suggestions on how to “turnaround” your business. These steps can also serve as reminders for business owners and their employees who want to make their businesses run more smoothly and successfully.

In step two (April 2020, pg. 89), I advised on finding a mentor – someone trustworthy and successful in business who can listen intently and provide positive suggestions for change. 

Seeking counsel with someone who can present a second opinion helps us realize we cannot always solve every problem, and it means we have surrendered our egos and are able to look outside of ourselves. In the 12 steps of the Alcoholics Anonymous program, this calls for appealing to a higher power. In business, it involves looking to a mentor or a group of mentors – a hand-picked advisory council of other business owners or consultants – to help find solutions.

To explain the open-mindedness this requires, I advised giving up the “my way or the highway” mentality. One of the biggest mistakes I see is owners spending more time working “in” the business rather than “on” the business. This is especially true of underfunded startup companies.

Step three is about admitting change is needed and implementing the heretofore “talked about” changes. Steps one and two require a change in long-held beliefs, but step three marks the point where one agrees to enact the needed changes. It involves the willingness to overcome our own egos and the human tendency to have control and start having faith in people other than ourselves.

When you are really honest with yourself, you realize that none of us has total control over much of anything. We cannot control the weather, the marketplace, the world economy or the universe. We are not immune from everything life throws at us, like accidents, viruses, terrorist attacks, competitors or anything else you can conjure up. But it is helpful to talk to trustworthy mentors or advisers who can give fair and impartial advice.

In a life crisis, one must have the willingness to change. Everyone can tell you that you need to make changes, but you will not be successful if you are not willing to change. In the business world, willingness can be explained as the readiness, desire or inclination to change. In order to change, we must be prepared to change and institute the changes we have sought counsel to make. We always value our employees’ willingness to learn new skills and to grow and change as our company grows and changes. It’s no different for the owner or administrators. Changing the way we bring our products or services to market, realizing and accepting new technologies, and utilizing those technologies as well as our employees’ skills and talents to generate optimum value are all important steps in our personal as well as corporate growth.

The other part of step three is listening to your heart instead of your head. The most dangerous place in the world is usually inside one’s own head. Fear and our own (often unfounded) projection of events keep us from working in the “here and now.” If you just wait, things will usually work out satisfactorily. This is better than getting in the middle of the storm and possibly making matters worse due to your own anxiety.

But how does one listen to one’s heart instead of one’s head? Prayer is one way, and even the most cynical business owner has probably prayed at some point. I have found meditation is an excellent way to begin the day. Envisioning the day ahead and the tasks that need to be accomplished can set the tone for the day. Even when chaos intervenes, remaining in a place of gratitude and guarding against ego-based decisions will help you accomplish more and smooth those inevitable bumps in the road.

For more information, visit www.towerforce.com, or contact Whitney Strickland at (281) 506-7152 or wstrickland@towerforce.com.

Also published in BIC magazine.

 

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Tower Force Times – Vol 16 – Pre-TA Activities save time and costs


Pre-TA Activities save time and costs


Pre-Turnaround Activities saves costs

Tower Force field service crews are well versed in what needs to be done before your project in order to make it the most efficient and cost effective. Our crews will arrive to your site to inventory all components and parts as well as ensure the trays, packing and other internals can fit as specified. It is very important that any spare parts you may be warehousing also be inspected on a regular basis. Please call if you need any inspection done 281-506-7152.

 

 


 

Tower Force working through COVID-19

The field service crews at Tower Force are working hard to keep our country going. Noe Reyna and crew just finished up in Wyoming with zero safety incidents on a two tower project involving opening, cleaning, inspecting and repair as needed. The team all got back home safely.

 

 

 


Happy April Birthday to our Employees!

Tower Force wishes a Happy February Birthday to these employees!

 

Alvino Garcia, Francisco Yangco, Carlos Santos, Luis Castillo, Francisco Rodriguez, Martin Lozano, Angel Salazar Sr., Juan Mares, Luis Gutierrez-Valdes, Jose Almaguer, Francisco Leos, Joel Bowers, Samuel Castillo Mesa, Bernardo Olvera, Armando Trevino, Selvin Gonzalez, Luis Espinoza Jr., Antonio Vasquez, Victor Guevara, Juam Bravo Gonzalez, Cayn Chavez, Samuel Cortez, Cesar Galvan, Timothy Deans, Josue Perez, Chris Hayter, Hector Gonzalez-Lerma, Fernando Galvan, Carlos Guerrero, Mario Gutierrez, Oscar Guzman, Erik Espinoza, Abraham Limon, Angelo Lopez, Alan Amaya, Roland Ozuna, Ricky Ortiz, Isidro Yanez, Francisco Sepulveda, Eduardo Cabrera, Juan Guajardo, Norberto Becerra Jr., Jose Nieto, Diego Torees Tafolla, Jerry Medrano, Pedro Negrete Jr.

 

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How to ‘Turnaround’ your business: Step 2

Step two: Open-mindedness

 

This is the second in a series of 12 steps suggesting how to turn your business around. These steps can also serve as reminders for business owners and their employees who want to make their businesses run more smoothly and successfully.

Albert Einstein is attributed as coining the phrase, “Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.” Many of us have a tendency to do just that. You’ve probably had a divorced friend who, when they remarry, marries the same personality type as spouse No. 1.

Another example is when you buy the same style of clothes in the same colors for decades, even though the styles and your body shape have changed. It’s kind of like that old guy down the street who’s been a hippy since the 1960s. Habitual thinking inhibits our ability to be open-minded. That “it’s my way or the highway” attitude can get us into a lot of trouble. Being open-minded doesn’t mean tolerating bad behavior, becoming a wimp or even being politically correct. Open-mindedness means being more tolerant, fair-minded and receptive to new ideas. There are many stories of great ideas coming from people you may least expect, but more often, great ideas come from teams of people.

Many business owners believe if they work harder and spend more hours at work, the business will turn around and succeed. They also believe if they just add another product or service, the problem will be solved. They spend more time working “in” the business when they need to spend more time working “on” the business. Looking outside ourselves for solutions can reap rewards, and that is where listening comes into play as well.

A highly self-confident entrepreneur can find listening difficult, and I have found this to be tough for me, too. I now realize I can learn a great deal by, instead of constantly thinking about a problem, listening to others. Our Tower Force guys in the field have an insight and daily experience that those of us in the office do not have. They have brought problems to our attention and they have provided many solutions. We should also remember that the good and viable solutions offered by field workers, the sales team and the backroom service team are of no value unless management implements those solutions.

Open-mindedness makes way for innovation. Peter Drucker calls it “organized, systematic, rational work” when people see things differently and arrange their businesses accordingly. Open-mindedness can also mean delving more deeply into customer needs or empathizing with customers and anticipating their needs. What’s a business without customers?

I mentioned a quote from Albert Einstein earlier, and now I’ll close with a quote by the English scholar and poet, John Donne: “No man is an island, entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main.”

To be open-minded is to let people in and be receptive without becoming a rubber stamp. To be open-minded, one must be humble and not conceited. Many say open-mindedness is a critical life skill, but I think it is critical to a business’ life as well.

For more information, visit www.towerforce.com, or contact Whitney Strickland at (281) 506-7152 or wstrickland@towerforce.com.

Also published in BIC Magazine.

 

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How To ‘Turnaround’ Your Business – Step 1

Step one: Honesty

 

While in my late twenties, I made a profound discovery. I had been to “Rock Bottom and Back™” as stated in the BIC Media Solutions book and DVD, and I progressed from “desperation to inspiration.” During my journey of recovery and discovery, I went through the famous 12-step program. It was at some point during that self-exploration and revelation period that I found one purpose of my life was to help others, but I was not proficient in helping people one-on-one. I was best at helping others by assisting their businesses to progress from startup to success. I was helping these business owners not only survive but thrive.

Climbing the ladder

 

A successful business has a long-reaching cumulative effect. It is called the domino effect, a metaphor to describe the chain reaction brought about by an organization’s success or failure. When a business succeeds, it not only brings financial success for the business owners and key personnel, but also provides opportunities for everyone throughout the organization. When people are employed and paid for their efforts, their families, friends and communities benefit, and the local economy is strengthened.

With that in mind, I would like to share what I have learned during my time in business and through my association with other business owners.

Be honest

I think an essential characteristic of successful people is honesty. I’m not talking about “cash register honesty.” I mean being honest with oneself.

Children will say they want to be a fireman, astronaut, movie star, musician or ballerina when they grow up. But they know little of what it takes to achieve success in any given field. Likewise, adults who dream of starting a business fail to be honest with themselves. It’s hard to start a bakery if you don’t know the first thing about making dough. You can hire a master baker, but you must also select a location, acquire financing, and know how to attract and retain your customers. You need contingency plans in case your baker becomes ill or leaves to work for a competitor. Most owners fail to plan or fully anticipate the amount of money, time, effort and skill it will take to succeed. They have not been honest with themselves.

Most businesses are cyclical in nature. There’s either more business than you can handle or not enough, or maybe now there are 10 competitors where there was once only one. Perhaps the bankers are knocking on the door and the employees are about to give up. What I usually see in a struggling business is one person’s dream swallowing it whole. That person is trying to control all of the outcomes and manage the business simply by using his or her own self-confidence or ego. The person is in denial about the future of the business and refuses to admit defeat.

Admit defeat

After becoming honest with oneself and realizing the bleakness of the situation, the white flag must be raised in order to have a happy ending. Surrender is tough, especially for an entrepreneur who is taught to think positively. This part of step one is sometimes never realized due to an ingrained sense of self-confidence. I believe this to be the underlying cause of our own inflated egos. Many of us will follow the path right down to bankruptcy instead of admitting defeat. Although it may seem humiliating, it is necessary to admit our own powerlessness and take advantage of outside help.

Find a mentor

Find someone trustworthy or who has been successful in business to be your mentor. The unmanageability of the current situation must be shared. One must realize that a person who got into a bad situation probably cannot get out of it without some kind of outside help.

By being honest and realizing the true situation, one can begin the 12-step process. Setting your ego aside and accepting the humiliation of defeat are the hardest parts before asking for help from a mentor or outside source. All of these actions are counter-intuitive to the definition of an entrepreneur: self-reliant, decisive and confident. Throwing these notions away, if we can, will lead us to the success we really want.

For more information, contact Whitney Strickland at (281) 506-7152 or wstrickland@towerforce.com.

Also published in BIC magazine.

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Tower Force Times – Vol 15 – Keeping American Energy Going During COVID-19


Tower Force keeps America going during CCP Coronavirus COVID-19

Tower Force - Keeping American Energy Flowing

Brave Tower Force crews working to keep America’s energy flowing

Tower Force crews are working in places as far away as Wyoming to ensure the flow of American energy gets to the consumer. The repair and maintenance of columns and reactors in petrochemical and refining facilities are an essential part of the overall need for energy in this time of great need to combat the CCP Virus COVID-19. We want to say thank you to them and all of the energy workers that are doing their part to keep the lights on and the gas flowing in America.

 

 


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Welcome Violeta Cardenas!

Violeta Cardenas has recently joined Tower Force in the accounting department. Her duties will be bookkeeping, invoicing and accounts payable. Please next time you are in the office say hello to Violeta!

 

 


The Wheelhouse

Tower Force requests help for The Wheelhouse

 

Tower Force is a huge supporter of a local Deer Park non-profit called The Wheelhouse. Unfortunately the CCP Coronavirus COVID-19 has required them to cancel a main fund raising event (their annual golf tournament). We are urging our friends and partners to give a little bit so they can get by during this trying time.

 

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Happy March Birthday to our Employees!

Tower Force wishes a Happy February Birthday to these employees!

 

Bogar Guerra, Hiram Guzman, Humberto Perez, Raul Perez, Ruben Rios, Addie Guillory, Alberto Rios Jr., Guadalupe Torres, Jonathon Mack, Alejandro Ruiz, Gabriel Larios, Alexis Lobo, Cesar Cano, Miguel Hurtado, Erasmo Samchez, Oscar Medina, Reymundo Armendariz, Mauricio Garza, Frank Fernandez III, Hansel Mayora, Cesar Guzman, Jose Galvan II, Armando Pena, Alex Villareal, Rolando Huerta, Marisol Martinez, Juan Perez, Ellier Guzman, Francisco Avilla Sr., Pedro Cortes, Enrique Molina, Manuel Martinez, Francisco Garza, Abraham Newman, Martin Silerio Jr., Marco Bravo, Kyle McNights, Raul Mireles, Riley Hulsey, Madhavakurup Nair, Steven Alvarez

 

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Tower Force message on 2020 Coronavirus – COVID-19


 

To All of our employees and clients,

As the spread of COVID-19 continues to escalate in our country, we wanted to share an update on the steps Tower Force has taken to respond to the uncertainties posed by the coronavirus and serve the needs of our clients and employees.

The safety and health of our employees and clients is of utmost importance during this time. As such, we have invoked our pandemic policy and plan, which allows Tower Force employees to work safely, yet effectively, from remote locations and enables our field personnel to coordinate with our clients on ongoing work.

While no one can accurately predict the longevity of this pandemic or its ultimate economic impact, Tower Force will continue to do its part to keep employees safe and fulfill its commitments to our valued clients. We remain open for business.

Tower Force will keep you informed of any changes that specifically affect our organization. In the meantime, please do not hesitate to reach out to our team members below with questions.

We wish everyone safety and good health.

 

To view our pandemic policy and plan click here.

To visit the CDC website go to: cdc.gov

 

Sincerely,

Tower Force, LLC

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Imagine failing a turnaround before it’s even begun

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Imagine failing a turnaround before it’s even begun

Yes, it does sound crazy, doesn’t it? Yet that is exactly what scientist/writer Gary Klein recommends. I think it’s worth a try. Read on and then tell me what you think.

We all know what a postmortem examination is. In a criminal investigation, an autopsy is performed because the victim’s body will most likely hold clues to the cause of death or who did it. Postmortem exams on family members can also help us better understand some diseases and genetic tendencies and provide insights for possible cures for future generations.

On projects like turnarounds, we have postmortem exams, too. Accounting is a postmortem event. It tells us whether or not we came in on budget or how much we went over budget. We are supposed to learn from our mistakes and take the lessons forward, which works well in theory but is not done often enough in the real world. It should be done after each project so that we can take our lessons learned forward. It’s also important to make a habit of post-project evaluation and for supervisors and managers to share information. This helps to avoid making the same mistakes twice.

But what Klein is suggesting is that those who are about to be involved in a big project should imagine it has already occurred. He calls the method a premortem (as opposed to a postmortem) exam. His theory is that having participants ask “what might go wrong” before the project begins, rather than “what went wrong” after the project is completed, will provide helpful insights, strategies and better management opportunities.

Poppycock or ‘right on’?

Right about now, you may be saying, “Whitney, that’s just more psycho-babble,” or “Whitney, that’s just poppycock and you know it.” No, I think this method may have merit, and some research concurs. According to the Harvard Business Review, a study conducted in 1989 by three researchers found that “prospective hindsight — imagining an event that has already occurred — increases the ability to correctly identify reasons for future outcomes by 30 percent.”

Think about it: Many athletes use visualization techniques to train. When an athlete’s mind recalls the desired outcome or skill repeatedly, a sort of “mental rehearsal” occurs, confidence improves and, when the match finally occurs, the athlete’s mind and body are both ready.

With so many athletes reporting how visualization has aided their performance, it was only natural businesses began to use visualization to help build higher-performing teams. Today, there are companies that facilitate this training. One such company is named Winning Mind and has the tagline “Performance Under Pressure.” This company provides performance-coaching services for the military, sports and business.

Klein’s twist of visualization is different, however. It is his suggestion that, instead of visualizing a smooth and ideal project, you visualize a project’s abject failure and learn from that. He says everyone on the team should “independently write down every reason they can think of for the failure — especially the kinds of things they ordinarily wouldn’t mention as potential problems for fear of being impolitic.” He cites several instances where his method was tried and helped prevent colossal failures.

A different kind of risk analysis

You already do risk analysis prior to a turnaround, but Klein says his premortem approach offers benefits that other methods don’t. He says his method doesn’t just help teams identify potential problems early on, but also reduces the kind of “damn the torpedoes” attitude often assumed by people who are overinvested in a project. He also concludes that, by describing weaknesses no one else has mentioned, team members feel more valued.

Klein’s method may not be something you want to use, but it is my belief those of us involved in pressure-cooker projects that are as important and costly as turnarounds should always be looking for new ways to build better teams and improve our performance, so we never have to look back on a failed project.

For more information, contact Whitney Strickland at (281) 506-7152 or wstrickland@towerforce.com.

Also published in BIC magazine.

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