The Grunau Co. is a full-service mechanical systems company with more than 500 employees. The company provides expertise on design, construction, installation, and service and maintenance for the commercial, industrial and institutional markets.
Articles by Paul Grunau
4 Steps to Improve Employee Performance
Define success, be honest and clear, and provide details and benchmarks.
Hold on Tightly to Top Employees
Communication, recognition, and inclusion will help your company retain its most powerful asset.
Making The Transition From Planning to Doing
Defining success, documenting plans, and asking questions are keys.
How to Build Strong Leadership Teams
Deep leadership positions companies to survive and even prosper during challenging times. Such companies possess not only leaders, but also strong leadership teams.
Creating A Culture That Drives Strategy
Becoming a "chief culture officer" is a paramount in company success.
Building High-Performing Teams
Your leadership affects the success of your organization. If you encourage your company to be a high-performing team you must first do an honest evaluation of your current situation. Evaluate your team against the criteria listed here and solicit your employees’ feedback. Then, think about what you can do to create an environment that inspires and motivates your employees.
Adapting Lean Processes For The HVACR Industry
Inefficiency in construction exists in all areas, including office and management operations, as well as fabrication and field installation. Lean requires a substantial investment to get the return from Lean.
Managing For Innovation
Look into the market - outside of the industry, talk with customers and industry experts, and form an opinion as to where you must improve or change to stay ahead of the evolutionary curve.
Negotiating is really about setting expectations, being open to a mutually beneficial resolution and understanding that the best time to negotiate is before a problem or issue occurs. While this may feel uncomfortable, and even confrontational, it will reduce the challenging end-of-job “negotiations” that we all have experienced.
Hold on to Top Employees
It might seem strange to think about employee retention given the economic challenges we have been facing. Many business owners and managers have been spending a big chunk of their time on reducing expenses, downsizing operations, and — unfortunately for some — laying off employees. But in such a climate, working on employee retention is more important than ever.
Improve Your Presentation
Paul Grunau offers suggestions on how to prepare for and deliver presentations. He says the ability to articulate why your team is the best choice for a project, and the ability to express how you will help your customer succeed, will continue to grow in importance.
Maintaining Customer Interaction
Contractors should actively seek customer feedback, and develop a deep understanding of the customers’ businesses and what is important to them.