How To ‘Turnaround’ Your Business: Step 6

Step Six: Remove Character Defects

In my article on step five, I advised how to take a moral inventory of yourself and your business. That moral inventory was actually an exercise designed to lead us to the realization that our troubles are partly of our own making, thus removing the “blame game” from others or outside forces. It demonstrated that we are complicit in creating our own problems. That is something we all need to admit before going forward and turning our businesses around. Step five also asked us to share what we learned with a mentor, and that always requires a leap of faith. We must use our faith again in step six.

Step six requires us to let go of the moral failings and character defects we uncovered in step five. These character defects are huge handicaps to our lives and businesses. The list of defects may be long, or the list may boil down to one glaring item that disrupts our success in everything we do.

I have met many people with serious character defects during my 30 years in the downstream refining business — and I was one of them. I have since corrected some of my own defects, and I am still working on others. One of my most serious flaws was my ego. I thought I was better than others, that I could do their jobs better and was a hotshot at my job as well. How many people want to work with someone like that? This can be a huge negative in trying to pull a team together, and it can cause underlying resentment that undermines the effectiveness of the entire group. I was only fooling myself.

Ego and self-righteousness are destructive attitudes. They represent self-interests and are the opposite of self-confidence. They are also often accompanied by anger. How many chairs have you seen thrown across a trailer during a turnaround maintenance meeting? I’ve seen plenty. Intimidating others through anger is not the best way to get a cooperative response. Being overly ambitious is another flaw. Think about it: Isn’t being overly ambitious really a veiled form of greed?

Letting go of character flaws is not easy, and you may be tempted to say, “I can’t or won’t give this up. It’s who I am, and I will not change.” But an unwillingness to recognize our flaws and work on changing them stifles our thoughts and actions, and they will become roadblocks to success. Even though we may think we are going forward, in reality, we are not. The roadblocks (our flaws) will rear their ugly heads again and again.

It is helpful to ask a higher power to assist us, and that is a daily, sometimes hourly, task. But if you do so continually and recognize the instant you are becoming angry, egotistic and self-righteous, then you are on the road to freeing yourself of these demons.

While taking this step, one of my goals was to treat every person in my life exactly the same. I have not been able to achieve this goal. But the goal is not about achieving perfection. No human is perfect, but that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t strive for perfection. Our goal is to remove roadblocks so we can work around our imperfections and achieve the ultimate goal, which is success.

Success comes in many forms. A successful business also comes in many forms. The one thing all businesses have in common is that they are made up of people who are motivated in one way or another to provide a product or service to others. These are products or services people want or need. A healthy business needs people with healthy attitudes. A healthy business needs a leader who is healthy as well. If we, as business leaders, are constantly striving to overcome pride, envy, greed and other defects in our personal and professional lives, then roadblocks will disappear, and the road to success will lie ahead. It is a road that will have occasional detours and a speed bump or two, but the results will be well worth the effort for us, our families and employees, and the customers we serve. You will be prepared to accept opportunity when it arises. While perfection remains elusive, success is very achievable.

Also published in BIC magazine.

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Tower Force Times – Vol 21 – Introducing ‘Tex’ The Tower Rat


Tex The Tower Rat

 

Meet ‘Tex’ The Tower Rat! 

For decades the skilled professionals that have performed work on process columns and vessels in refining and petrochemical facilities have been referred to as ‘Tower Rats’ or ‘Tray Rats’, The reason for this is the small areas in between the trays require someone small and flexible to fit in them. ‘Tex’ will be our representation of these professionals and our new mascot. We will be using ‘Tex’ in our advertising and safety messages. Maybe he will show up at your jobsite!

 


New Tower Internals

 

Complete New Rings And Internals? No Problem! 

The Tower Field Services at Tower Force just completed a new internals project for a repeat customer. These types of projects are commonplace for us. Whether you need all new trays or a complete redesign we can handle it.

Email sales@towerforce.com for a quote.

 

 


Tower Force - Sept Birthdays

Happy September Birthday to our Employees!

Jaziel Leija, Elias Gomez Jr., Carlos Zavala, Leo Espinoza, Angel Hernandez, Arturo Garza, Apolonio DeLeon, Santos Garza, Alfredo Martinez, Juan Verastegui Jr., Rodolfo Bear, Daniel Fajardo, Carlos Ramirez, Oscar Garcia, Joe Coronado, Eduardo Escobedo, Francisco Paz, Oscar Rojas Velasquez, Efrain Cuellar Jr., David Guzman, Brandon Montoya, Romero Vasquez, Antonio Briseno, Arturo Arredondo Jr., Patrick Taylor, Hugo Rubio, Julian Medina, Roberto Villareal, Benito Barrera, Juan Perez, Hugo Cervantes, Rustin Bruce, John Patton, Jorge Cano, Arnold Villareal, Rolando Lugo Jr., Jorge Cabrera, Abel Becerra Jr., Enrique Villareal III, Jorge Gonzalez, Alberto Pena, Jose Perez, Manual Reyes, George Schauer Jr., Joseph Norman, Pedro Medrano, Lorenzo Gomez, Hilario Taduran, Julio Perez, Jaime Adame, Jose Duenez Jr., and Marshal Maddoux!

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Tower Force Times – Vol 20 – Tower Fabrication and Installation with Tower Force


Tower fab check

The Tower Field Services at Tower Force provide fabrication and installation services for many clients. Mr. Keith Hurst and his tower field service team can manage the entire process working with your engineering group to ensure that the fabrication is done correctly and that everything fits together in the field. By having one contractor control the fabrication and installation you can eliminate ‘the blame game’ and save time and money on your project.


TowerForce-Turnaround-Season

 

Tower Force is ready for Turnaround Season

After the slow down from COVID-19, some R&R and a lot of fishing. The Tower Force team is ready for the fall turnarounds and is currently busy taking bids. We were able to keep our teams intact through out the crisis with various projects. Give Keith Hurst a call at 281-506-7152 or email him at khurst@towerforce.com


August Birthdays

Happy August Birthday to our Employees!

Luis Perez, Michael Altamirano, Derek Garza, Jorge Badillo, Leeroy Garza, Luis Torres, Joseph Moake, Jimmy Perales, Bictor Abad, Dean Daponte, Nader Khalajabadi, Duane Newman, Martin Cruz, Perfecta Bernal, Erik Pineda, Andres Guttierrez, Luis Tapia, Reyes Chavarria Jr., Stephanie Cuellar, Jesus Galvan, Jose Rosales, Reynaldo Liscano, Juan Telli, Ramon Ortiz, Alvaro Martinez, Kristhian Vasquez, Ruben Contreras Jr., Jenny Rosales, Trevor Smith, Juanita Ochoa, Leonoso Espinoza, Leonel Espinoza, Rafael Rodriguez, Ricardo Rodriguez, Jorge Morena, Jorge Mares, Leonardo Martinez, Marco Garza, Gerardo Roman, Marcelo Garcia Jr., Hunter Reynolds, Matthew McLees, Josue Espinosa, Jose Espino

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How To ‘Turnaround’ Your Business: Step 5

Step five: Let someone else know

In my article on step four, I advised how to take a moral inventory of yourself and your business. That step dealt with admitting inner truths to discover what is blocking you from your full potential and the full potential of your business. You and your business are “hand in glove.”

Step five goes further because it requires you to share this moral inventory with a trusted mentor. If you recall, the first step to “turnaround” your business is finding a trusted mentor.

This is not a negative exercise. It is quite the opposite, as it guides you to explore, in great detail, the strengths and weaknesses of your business and discover areas of improvement or possible new directions. This exercise helps reveal self-destructive behaviors. Yes, some businesses have created self-destructive or defeatist cultures.

The moral inventory should be in an easily understandable format and contain basic elements of who or what you are blaming for your personal or business failures. The “who” or “what” can be a person, place, thing or even an idea.

Before doing this exercise, I had a lot of absolutes in my mind, such as, “I absolutely won’t do business with certain people” or “We should absolutely go after this portion of the market and do it my way.” I confess now that was all wrong. I eventually saw that people doing things differently were gaining ground and becoming successful. I realized the positions I took were the wrong positions.

When assessing or owning the “cause” or “blame” behind problems, it usually involves a particular incident or moment like, “The banker wouldn’t give me the loan I needed, and that’s why my business suffered” or “Those clients did not pay and that’s the reason I’m in debt.” The list grows with the amount of time spent in business because, like the stock market, business is a “W.” This means it has its ups and downs; it is not a straight line from the bottom to the top. That’s why not everyone is cut out to start, own or manage a business.

One’s emotions related to the person, place, thing or idea should also be expressed on the list. The emotions are usually related to one of the following: self-esteem, pride, money, emotional security, ambitions or personal relationships. Each cause or incident should be categorized by selecting one of these emotions.

The last thing to do is complete the exercise by filling out the column that explores the question, “What was my part in this?” It is here that one comes to realize it isn’t always about who is to blame or what the cause of the problem is. The fact that you played a role in the problem can be quite revealing as well. For example, you might say, “I extended too much credit to the customer who failed to pay,” “I knew I shouldn’t have altered the terms of the deal” or “I thought I needed their business in order to succeed.” There can be any number of scenarios, but it is important we each explore our — or our company’s — role in the cause or incident and make changes accordingly.

Step five is probably the hardest step for turning your business around and keeping it on track, but this step is the most important because it takes insight and sharing. It involves owning up to your mistakes while also letting another person know about them. It all comes down to trust. Trust yourself enough to know and admit your mistakes (we all make them), and then trust someone else with that knowledge. If you choose the right mentor, that information will be used not as a weapon against you, but as a learning tool for yourself and your mentor.

It’s easy to seek the comfort of vic-timhood. Many do it all of their lives. Nothing is ever their fault. They had no role in the outcome. It was the authorities, their parents, the environment, friends, the government, the times, etc. But the freedom that can be found by taking personal responsibility for the decisions we make and the actions we take cannot be overstated — especially when it comes to finding success in life and business.

 

Also published in BIC magazine.

 

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Tower Force Times – Vol 19 – A History Of Distillation


Distillation Column

Tower Force field service crews are Distillation Column experts

Distillation was first patented in 1813 by a Frenchman named Jean-Baptiste Cellier-Blumenthal. It is one of the oldest and most commonly used processes for the separation and purification of liquids. In distillation columns it is critical to get the components installed correctly or the process can be flawed. The Tower Force field service crews have years of experience and proprietary procedures to ensure that these internal parts work correctly when they are done with a project.

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Wheelhouse Golf Tournament

Tower Force to be sponsor for The Wheelhouse Golf Tournament

The Wheelhouse is having their annual golf tournament on Friday September 18th at The Battleground Golf Course in Deer Park, TX. Tower Force is a huge supporter of The Wheelhouse which helps men recover from alcoholism and drug addiction. Come join us!

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July Birthdays

Happy July Birthday to our Employees!

Arturo Garza, Jorge Garza, Oscar Rios, Erick Guajardo, Saul Cruz, Lonnie Clayton, Santiago Galvan, Angel Balderas, Israel Mosqueda, Edgar Valdez, Adrian Torres, Guadalupe Rodriquez, Raul Gonzales Jr., Jose Olivares, Donato Garza, Luis Vega, Efrain Araguz, Sonia Trejo, Jany Guelmes, Isaias Guzman Jr., Tony Martinez, Heriberto Avellaneda, Bryant Guillen, Joel Salas, Cesar Hinojosa Jr., Juan Mata, Cristo Valdez Jr., Jose lopez, Christopher Gomez, Edgar Diaz, Gilberto Cantu, Daniel Moncivaiz, Alejandro Ponce, Marco Trejo, Ezequiel Sanchez, Vistor Mata, Sergio Rodriquez, Jamien Nunez, Christopher Aleman, Miguel Delarosa Jr., Adolfo Uresti Jr., Jose Carrizales

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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

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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.

 

 


Tower Force Main Office

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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