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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Some things aren’t as they appear

Some things aren’t as they appear

Do you take work from contractors or customers who you know, in the past, have been problematic contractors? Full story

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Hard times build character and develop survival skills

Hard times build character and develop survival skills

Wouldn’t it be wonderful if all we had to do to build a successful business is work hard? Full story

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Watch out for the one bad job

Watch out for the one bad job

Does this sound familiar? I have written tips similar to this. However, I don’t think it sunk into a lot of contractors’ minds. So, here it comes from another angle. Full story

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Keeping your offensive line in check

Keeping your offensive line in check

With the lack of work to bid, regulations, inflation, and health care costs, many of us get so tied up in mere survival that we forget we must remain positive. Full story

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If you work hard, you deserve what you get

If you work hard, you deserve what you get

If you work hard, you deserve what you get. It took some time for me to believe that. And I have a theory as to why it took so long. Full story

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The evolution of mixers, pumps and delivery systems

The evolution of mixers, pumps and delivery systems

America, 1984. Ronald Reagan crushed Mondale at the polls; the first Apple Macintosh went on sale; and I started up Lang Masonry in rural Watertown, Ohio. Full story

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Are you working for nothing?

Are you working for nothing?

Do you ever wonder why so many contractors are running non-profit businesses these days? Whatever the case, it doesn’t have to be that way. Full story

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Who will load the truck?

Who will load the truck?

When a position comes open in your company, do you promote someone from the inside, or go outside to find the talent? Full story

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Report of the MCAA Marketing Committee

Report of the MCAA Marketing Committee

The report of the MCAA Marketing Committee presented at the 2013 MCAA Convention in Las Vegas. Full story

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Change or die!

Change or die!

Do you have something that just isn’t working? How far down will you go until you make the necessary changes? Full story

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We must play with the cards we are dealt

We must play with the cards we are dealt

As I write this article, it is Election Day in the U.S.A! Stuck on Chicago’s O’Hare Airport runway, I am pondering the outcome of the election tonight. Full story

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It’s not what you go through that matters

It’s not what you go through that matters

What do we do when it seems like nothing can go right? I can tell you what I did. I started from the basics and retrained my mind. Full story

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Please don’t tell my customers, “We can’t do that!”

Please don’t tell my customers, “We can’t do that!”

I still hear our people telling customers, “We can’t do that,” like it’s been programmed into us. It drives me absolutely crazy. Full story

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Make work out of what you have to do

Make work out of what you have to do

When you don’t have enough work to do, you will make work out of what you have to do. That’s what my mom told me years ago. Full story

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How quickly can you do this job?

How quickly can you do this job?

“How quickly can you do this job?” We hear this daily. It's great to be an optimist, but this is no time to answer the general contractor with optimistic time lines. Full story

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Proper planning prevents poor performance

Proper planning prevents poor performance

Proper planning prevents poor performance. Lang Masonry Contractors recently experienced first-hand the the issues that failing to plan can create. Full story

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Your company’s wellbeing depends on what you consume

Your company’s wellbeing depends on what you consume

How frugal are you when it comes to spending? Do you buy what you want or what you need? Full story

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The spankings don’t hurt anymore!

The spankings don’t hurt anymore!

When the economy dropped, like most other businesses, we had to make some painful management decisions. Full story

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It’s finally over!

It’s finally over!

One thing is almost over in all parts of the country, and it’s something everyone reading this article can help bring to an end more quickly: bidding work under costs. Full story

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Why are my employees all stirred up?

Why are my employees all stirred up?

A manager came to me recently with a terrible employee morale problem that he wasn’t sure how to fix. After asking several questions, the problem revealed itself. Full story



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