Growing by Acquisition

Exciting things have been happening on our company, Kodiak Mountain Stone. Below is a blog that I posted on our company website to tell about it:

Since 2005 Kodiak Mountain Stone has continued to expand our product offering to meet the needs of our clients. This has included the addition of new stone profiles and colors. The demand for manufactured stone veneer continues to grow in both commercial and residential new build and renovation projects. We are proud to know that our products have helped create lasting beauty and value to these projects.
We are now extremely excited to announce our next growth phase that will help us to offer even more options to our customers.  Kodiak Mountain Stone has recently acquired Rocky Mountain Stone Products of Salt Lake City. This immediately adds ten new stone profiles and three thin brick veneer profiles to the Kodiak Mountain Stone line of products! In addition, we will continue to offer all of the Rocky Mountain Stone Product colors in all our profiles and likewise will offer all the Kodiak Mountain Stone colors in all of the Rocky Mountain Stone Products profiles.
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Over the past decade Rocky Mountain Stone Products has developed a great product offering and has expanded it’s reach throughout the Western US. We are happy to continue working with all of their distributors, adding them to our Dealer Network. Find a dealer near you HERE.
The Rocky Mountain Stone Products profiles that have been added to the Kodiak Mountain Stone line will be known as our Rocky Mountain Series. All of our profiles are now available throughout our dealer network in Canada and the US.

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Check out our Rocky Mountain Series photo gallery HERE

 

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Bucket List Adventures

I have quite a large bucket list of things that I want to do an accomplish. But I have had the opportunity to knock quite a few things off that list. I’ve put together some clips of some of those things.

Things checked off the list in this video:

  1. Skydiving (the free-fall was the best part)
  2. Swimming with sharks in Hawaii (with my daughter)
  3. Meet / Play basketball with Michael Jordan
  4. Zip-Lines (Whitefish Mountain, Montana)
  5. Air Chair water skiing (Lake 5, Montana – wasn’t good at this at all!)
  6. Dog Sledding (with my wife – it was her present to me for my birthday)
  7. Swimming with dolphins on the Big Island of Hawaii (with my son and daughter)
  8. Visit Greece (with my wife)
  9. Fly gliders in Hawaii (so cool seeing the whales as we flew out over the ocean)
  10. Visit Africa (with my wife)
  11. Professional Rodeo Cowboy – Steer Wrestler (in the video: Innisfail Pro Rodeo, Red Deer Pro Rodeo, Calgary Stampede)
  12. Razr and Dirt Biking in the mountains
  13. Climb Old Chief
  14. Caribbean Cruise (with my wife and some friends)
  15. Helicopter Ride over Hoover Dam (with buddies Jeremy and Tyson)

So much more to do!!!

More Fun… Zip-Lines at Whitefish Mountain

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Last week I had the opportunity to take a youth group from our church down to the West Glacier area in Montana to camp.  It is a beautiful area in the mountains with a lot to do.  We spent a day with Glacier Raft Company doing some white water rafting.  The water levels were lower than average the it was a little cool that day, but we still had an excellent time.  I would definitely recommend Glacier Raft Company.

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We also spent a day at Whitefish Mountain. I have spent a lot of time on the mountain skiing in the winters but I’ve never experienced any of their summer adventures before.  Some of our group spent their time in the Aerial Adventure Park and had a great time. I took a group on the Zip-Line Tours and we loved every minute of it. Soaring high above the ski slopes, over ravines & through the trees was a great experience. With some of the lines reaching up to 1,900 feet in length and as high as 300 feet above the trees it was a great adventure. We had the opportunity to enjoy seven different lines, all with breathtaking  views of the mountains.  It’s definitely an activity I’m happy to refer others to.

This is a short video of three of the zip-lines at Whitefish Mountain

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Canadian Home Builder Association – Lethbridge Region, 2014 Supplier of the Year — Kodiak Mountain Stone

This past week at Kodiak Mountain Stone we were honored to receive the 2014 Canadian Home Builder Association Members Choice Award of the Supplier of the Year!

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We work with some exceptional people and companies and we have a great team as well.  I want to thank my team and all of our customers for this award and congratulate all the other winners at the CHBA-Lethbridge Region Awards of Excellence in Housing.

Business in Focus – Follow-up Article

Back in February of 2013 I posted about an article that Business in Focus Magazine wrote about myself and Kodiak Mountain Stone.  In November of this year they wrote a follow-up article which can be found at the following link:

http://www.businessinfocusmagazine.com/2014/09/solid-as-a-rock/

Once again, thank you to the staff at Business In Focus Magazine.  They were great to work with.

Personal Accountability

Back in August of 2012 I wrote about our Education Plan at my company, Kodiak Mountain Stone.  If you have never read about it, click on the link and find out more because it has been a pretty good thing we came up with.  From each Education Meeting that we have, everyone on our team learns something. But I think the most value comes to the person who is hosting the meeting.  As the saying goes, “the teacher is the one who learns the most.”

 

In the past I’ve shared thoughts and ideas from some of our Education Meetings, but it has been a while since I have passed any of this on.  Yesterday we had one of these meetings and I think that the subject that was addressed is awesome and I want to share a little bit about it.

 

Before I get into the details of the meeting I want to take a step back.  A few months ago I was on a conference call with my store manager at my store in Calgary AB.  He was frustrated and told me that one of the team members had come in late for the second time that week and used the same excuse as the first time.  “Sorry that I’m late, traffic was terrible.”

 

As soon as he told me about this I had a memory flash into my mind.  I remembered back to January 9, 2002.  That day I was working as a bank manager for ATB Financial, which is a bank located in Alberta, Canada.  I had the opportunity that day to attend a managers training meeting where David Irvine spoke to us.  The topic that he spoke about that day was one that he had written a book about, “Accountability – Getting a Grip on Results.”  The new, updated version of the book is, Bridges of Trust: Making Accountability Authentic
The reason I remember the exact day of this meeting is because I have that book in my library signed and dated by David.  I know it was a good meeting because almost 13 years later there are a number of things that I specifically remember him saying.  But there are two things that really stood out to me that day.
He told us to imagine ourselves leaving our house with just the right amount of time to get to an important meeting.  You are well prepared for the meeting and things are looking good.  But then when you are about half way to the meeting you hit some crazy traffic that just about brings you to a halt. You are anxiously putting along and starting to stress more and more about being late for your meeting.  Pretty soon the starting time of the meeting comes and goes and you are still blocks away from your meeting place.  You finally arrive, park your vehicle and dash to the meeting room.  As you enter the room, all eyes are focused directly on you.  Sweat is dripping down your forehead and you say…

At that point what words leave your mouth?  Most people respond exactly how my employee responded. “Sorry that I’m late, traffic was terrible.”  At that time, that is probably exactly how I would respond.  But that is not being accountable for your actions.  I vividly remember him explaining that the proper response should be something such as, “sorry that I am late, I didn’t leave my home in time to account for the traffic.”

 

That was an ah-ha moment for me.  It completely changed my perspective on personal accountability.  As an employer, how would I receive someone coming in late to a meeting who said, “sorry I’m late, traffic was terrible” versus someone who said, “sorry I’m late, I never left home early enough to account for the traffic.”  I want to work with the person who is showing me that they can take personal accountability.  It doesn’t excuse the fact that they are late, but they are not trying to blame something or someone else for them being late.  Thirteen years ago and that story still comes to mind whenever I hear someone not taking personal responsibility.

 

Another thing that has always stood out to me since that meeting was when David talked about consequences.  That negative word, consequences.  All my life, whenever I’ve done something wrong or bad, I’ve had to deal with those darn consequences.  But what about the times you have done something good.  What follows?  Those are consequences too, but positive ones!  I had always looked at the word, consequence, with negativity.  But in reality, there are consequences for everything we do.  It’s our own actions that determine if those are positive or negative consequences.  Today this is not just an important thing to talk about in our work environment, but as I’m raising four kids from ages 3 to 15 it has been a huge thing we have tried to teach them about too.

 

So after my conference call with my store manager I immediately emailed David Irvine and asked him to send a copy of his book to my store in Calgary.  When it arrived I explained to this particular employee that I wanted him using it for an Education Meeting.  I know that he got a lot of good out of the book because my manager told me that there were a number of occasions that he came to him to tell him something he had read about in the book.  Yesterday he did a great job with the Education Meeting.  I hope that all of my staff learned something from this great book.

 

The number one lesson that this employee thought our staff needed to learn from the book was that you always have a choice to start with yourself!

 

Tia & Zig (Letter to my team)

Team,

We have talked a lot about productivity and time management over the past year.  We have included it in our education meetings, I’ve sent our Dave Ramsey podcast and we’ve included it in our Monday morning meetings.

Last night I witnessed something that got me thinking about this again.  Tia had just finished practicing piano and was sitting at the table looking very stressed.  Tammy asked her what was stressing her out. From there the floodgates opened up and out came all the things she had to get done in the next few days with some tight deadlines: French test, write a paper about her experience in Africa, create a video to use at the piano recital, pepare to present in front of the Rotary Club,  basketball practice and… That was when Tammy stepped in.  She said she needed Tia to list out all of the things she needed to get done and the deadlines for each.  She also needed to figure out which ones she could have help on and who could help her.  Wow, this was starting to sound like real life Ramsey!
This got me thinking about our buddy Zig Ziglar and his “Day before vacation” teachings.
Zig asks the following questions:
  1. As a general rule, on the day before you go on vacation, do you get two or three times as much work done as you normally get done in a day?
  2. If you can learn why you are that much more productive on the day before vacation, and then repeat that process on a daily basis without working any longer or harder, does it make sense that you will be more valuable to yourself, your family, your company, and society in general?
  3. On the night before the day before vacation, do you take a sheet of paper and say to yourself, “Now tomorrow I’ve got to do…,” and then make a list of things you must do?… In its simplest form, that’s goal setting and it’s critical.  Next, did you organize your must-do list in the order of importance and accept responsibility for competing those tasks?
The day before we leave on vacation Tammy and I both have our to-do lists.  On that day both work related and non-work related things get completed efficiently.  This all happens because you have a deadline and you need to focus to get things done.  This is what Tia is going to experience over the next few days.  Her French test, the Rotary presentation, piano recital and all the other things coming up are going to happen if she’s ready or not.  So she needs to focus and prioritize to make sure she does well at all of them.
Going back to Zig and his day before vacation example, he says: “On the way to work the next day your self-talk was upbeat and centered on what you were going to get done.  You arrived at work on time so you were punctual. You immediately started to work, making you a self-starter.  You were highly motivated and optimistic that you were going to finish every tak you had set for yourself.  You were enthusiastic about your work and decisively moved from one task to the next, making good choices as you did so, even if the next job on the list was disagreeable.”
I love his example related to unpleasant tasks. “An ol’ boy down home said it best, “Friend, if you’ve got to swallow a frog, you just don’t want to look at the sucker too long.  He ain’t gonna get no purtier!  As a matter of act, the longer you look, the uglier he gets.” That’s the way unpleasant tasks are.”
“As you move from task to task, if someone tried to interrupt and talk about last night’s television program or last night’s game, you disciplined yourself to stay on task and not be distracted from your job… Since there was no “tomorrow” for you on each job, you persisted until you completed each one…. and momentum built with the completion of each task…. Perhaps the most exciting part of this vacation scenario is the fact that your co-workers instinctively picked up the pace [as well].”
If this approach works so well on the day before vacation, or the days before a test, a presentation or paper is due, won’t it work just as well every day?
A big part of this is in the planning.  When you plan things, the odds of their happening go up substantially.  If we plan our months, weeks and days we will be more productive and balanced.
Tia spent the evening writing about her experiences in Africa.  She’s made her list and has prioritized it.  She’s an achiever, not only will she get everything done, she will do it all very well.  But if Tammy hadn’t told her to pause, make a list and prioritize that list her stress would have stayed high and her productivity would have been low.  Plan your days and act so you don’t spend them reacting.
For more great stuff from Zig Ziglar visit www.ziglar.com or find one of his books on Amazon.  Or to really get organized maybe give Tammy a call.

Kodiak Mountain Stone – Small Business Superstar

Small Business Superstars

I’ve dedicated a lot of my blog to our Education Planat Kodiak Mountain Stone.  This week I want to thank all those who took the time to vote for us in the Alberta Venture and ATB Financial Small Business Superstars contest.  Over 160 businesses were nominated for these awards and we were lucky enough to be chosen as one of the finalists in the HR Superstars category due to our Education Plan.  Throughout October and November people voted online for who they thought were the most deserving of this award in each category and we (Kodiak Mountain Stone) were fortunate enough to be the winner in our category.

Please take a moment to read our story on the Alberta Venture Website: Kodiak Mountain Stone Education Plan

I’m very proud of our Education Plan and feel that even though it has been great so far, we can develop it into something much more than it already is.

If you are interested in finding out more about our Education Plan and how it might fit into your company, feel free to contact me: jeff@kodiakmountain.com

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My Personal Life Plan

One of my co-workers got me listening to the podcast of Michael Hyatt.  I’ve really enjoyed some of the podcasts that I’ve had the opportunity to listen to.

Recently, that same co-worker sent me a link to an e-book from Michael Hyatt called, “Creating Your Personal Life Plan.”  After reading through the book quickly I decided that it would be a good subject for one of our Kodiak Mountain Stone education meetings, and I would be the one to present it.  As I was preparing for the meeting I felt that in order to present it with some meaning to our team I had better go through the process that is outlined in the book.  That is when the book hit me in a different way.

In the beginning of the book he asks you to identify some of the most important constituents in your life.  Then he wants you to write down the answer for each of them, “what will they say when I am dead?”

I didn’t think too much of this until I actually started to write how I hoped my spouse, my children, my friends and associates would think of me when I’m dead.

I not only suggest you go to Michael Hyatt’s website to find out how to get your own copy of the book, I suggest you go through the processes in the book and create your Personal Life Plan.

 

 

 

Please vote for Kodiak Mountain Stone

In my previous blog posts I have talked about our Education Plan at Kodiak Mountain Stone.  We have been fortunate enough to have gained some recognition from our program.  Alberta Venture magazine has honored us as one of the finalist in The Small Business Superstars contest.

Our full story can be read at http://smallbusiness.albertaventure.com/?p=1679

We have had great support so far, but we are trailing in votes by a small margin after the first month of voting.  Anyone and everyone is encouraged to vote until the closing of the contest at the end of November, 2012.

To vote you are asked to open an account, which consists of an email address and a password.  At that point, Alberta Venture offers some great opportunities to receive content from them.  But if you wish, you can also opt out of receiving any content.  By voting, you can also have the opportunity to win tickets to the Business Person of the Year luncheon in January as well as the chance to win subscriptions to Alberta Venture magazine.

We would very much appreciate you support by voting for us.  Thank you!

D. Jeff Heggie