Damian Lang

Damian Lang is a mason contractor in southeast Ohio and inventor of many labor saving masonry systems and products. Lang has served as the Marketing Committee Chairman for the Mason Contractors Association of America. He is also author of the book Rewarding and Challenging Employees for Profits in Masonry. To network with Damian on contractor tips or tips you have and would like published, contact him at dlang@langmasonry.com or 740-749-3512.

105 articles by Damian Lang:

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When the right opportunity appears, grab it while you have the chance

When the right opportunity appears, grab it while you have the chance

In the book, “The Warren Buffet Way,” Buffet explains that, during your lifetime, there will be very few great opportunities that will present themselves to you. When one does, you must “grab it while you have the chance.” Full story

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If your plan doesn’t work, cut your losses and get out as soon as possible

If your plan doesn’t work, cut your losses and get out as soon as possible

Watertown Steel LLC taught me a big lesson, the hard way: “If your plan doesn’t work, cut your losses and get out as soon as possible.” Full story

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Don’t just think it, do it

Don’t just think it, do it

In order to make our dreams come true, we must do more than only think of them. We must take action to build them. Full story

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Vision, core values, motto

Vision, core values, motto

I was recently asked if people in my companies would be able to identify our vision, core values, and motto without hesitation. I had to admit that nine out of 10 would not. Full story

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You make the call

You make the call

A manager makes decisions every day. If decisions are made based on what people are saying behind the scenes instead of what's observed, she will be a poor manager. Full story

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If you want the job, give your customer a quote to do their work!

If you want the job, give your customer a quote to do their work!

A few years ago, I decided to purchase a tractor big enough to pull 11-foot rotary mowers behind it, to mow the 30 acres of grass I maintain. Full story

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Never let them see you sweat

Never let them see you sweat

Sherlock Holmes, Bond – James Bond, and Winnie the Pooh. Have you ever heard anybody say anything negative about these three? All three possess an unshakable composure. Full story

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Trusting your gut

Trusting your gut

I couldn’t sleep. The elephant on my chest was planted firmly. The deadline date was approaching, and I had to make a crucial business decision. Do we stay or go? Full story

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What do we do now?

What do we do now?

I hear from contractors daily about how bad the economy is. What do we do now? Full story

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Huddle up, before it’s too late

Huddle up, before it’s too late

Have you huddled your team up lately, to insure they know what to do in the toughest of times? Full story

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Don’t forget to do the things that matter most

Don’t forget to do the things that matter most

In today’s fast moving business environment, do you find yourself running so hard that when you you forget to give your loved ones your undivided attention? Full story

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Working for nothing most of the time

Working for nothing most of the time

Do you make money on every job you do? Or, like most contractors, do you work for nothing most of the time? Here’s how they successfully do it. Full story

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It pays you more if you enjoy the trip

It pays you more if you enjoy the trip

It’s not rocket science. Employees tend to stay at companies where they enjoy their work, and customers buy from people they like. Full story

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Failing to plan is planning to fail

Failing to plan is planning to fail

Do you know where you are going? Do you have a plan on how you will get there? Once a goal is set and put in writing, that goal is already 50% accomplished. Full story

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All contractors must have a treasure chest

All contractors must have a treasure chest

Without a “treasure chest,” we are all just one bad job away from going out of business. Full story

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Lesson from the Great Recession: Working for narrow profit margins can cause a business to fail

Lesson from the Great Recession: Working for narrow profit margins can cause a business to fail

Throughout the years of business, we have all made mistakes. Just like when I get together with friends, and one of us makes a mistake. Full story

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When the tide goes down, you find out who is swimming without clothes on!

When the tide goes down, you find out who is swimming without clothes on!

When the economy is good, it seems anyone can run a business. However, when the economy sinks and the waters get rough, only the strongest survive. Full story

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If you can see it and believe it, you can achieve it

If you can see it and believe it, you can achieve it

Have you ever done something you thought wasn’t possible, but then you did it? Then, when you looked back, you thought, “Wow, how did I do that?” Full story

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Are you making money or losing cash?

Are you making money or losing cash?

Whether or not you survive in business is really kind of simple. You must take in more cash than you pay out. Full story

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How fast should you grow?

How fast should you grow?

When a tree stops growing, it dies. If a tree grows too fast, it must be trimmed or it can get top heavy and collapse. A company is similar to a tree, when you think about it. Full story



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