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Great Place to Work Spotlight Featuring Michael Watts

We LOVE to honor business owners who are committed and dedicated to the mission of becoming a great place to work. To be honored with a Great Place to Work Spotlight, a business owner must complete our How to Hire the Best course and use that training to become a good leader and an employer of choice in their field. They learn strategies that focus significant attention on creating workplaces where A-players want to work. Today’s spotlight shines on Michael Watts of Bel Air Construction. I believe his story will inspire you with what’s possible and help you know that you can take similar small steps forward with intention and strategy. Join us for Michael’s story!

Michael Watts is the owner of Bel Air Construction, and he’s the fourth generation of construction workers in the Watts family, dating back over 100 years. Michael loves what he does, and at age 65, he says he has “the energy of a four-year-old and the endurance of a marathon runner.” At Bel Air Construction (BAC), they do much more than renovate homes because they transform the lives of families by improving their spaces. Michael has personally met with over 80,000 people to discuss their home transformations. We have a lot to learn from Michael!

Profit by Design is a Tap the Potential Production. 

Show Highlights:

  • How BAC found themselves in serious trouble as a business in 2017, being over $1 million in debt
  • How Michael turned to new strategies and a new focus on building leaders through learning from experts
  • Michael’s words of wisdom about a “Go big or go home” mentality
  • What Michael identifies as his favorite core values at BAC
  • How to best handle mistakes with accountability and learning
  • Michael’s key lessons learned from his many years in business
  • Why it’s difficult for driven business owners to ask for help and tap into expert advice
  • Why Michael signed up for the How to Hire the Best course and what he has learned
  • An example of a powerful question to ask in hiring team members
  • What Michael identifies as key strengths and qualities to look for in hiring
  • What BAC is doing to make it a great place to work for A-players
  • How Michael is creating a sustainable business with job security for his team
  • What surprised Michael the most about the How to Hire the Best course
  • How BAC is different than its competitors in the construction industry

Links and Resources:

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Book mentioned: Profit First by Mike Michalowicz

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About The Author

Dr. Sabrina Starling, The Business Psychologist and international best-selling author of the How to Hire the Best series and The 4 Week Vacation™, is the founder of Tap the Potential and host of the Profit by Design podcast. At Tap the Potential, we work to free business owners from the constant demands of a growing business.

We believe work supports life, not the other way around. Clients in our Better Business, Better Life coaching program have more time for what matters most and more money in their bank account than they’ve ever had. Next, we send them off on a 4 Week Vacation™ to celebrate their hard-earned journey to take their life back!

Dr. Sabrina and her team at Tap the Potential are on a mission to change the story of entrepreneurship from one of long hours, grinding it out, to one of sustainably profitable businesses that support and enhance life. The Tap the Potential Solution™ and our Tap the Potential Family of Business Owners are disrupting small business as usual. We are on our way to making the Tap the Potential Solution™ the mainstream model for growing business.

By 2023, 150 Tap the Potential clients will have taken 4 Week Vacations. These are the trailblazers, role modeling what’s possible for entrepreneurs. In many entrepreneurial circles, it is becoming more and more common for one entrepreneur to ask another, “Have you taken a 4 Week Vacation™?” (as opposed to asking “How many employees do you have?” or “What is your annual revenue?”). Taking a fully unplugged 4 Week Vacation is rapidly becoming the recognized symbol of entrepreneurial success.

Never one to accept the status quo or back down from a challenge, Dr. Sabrina’s How to Hire the Best series grew from her desire to solve the toughest hiring challenges interfering with her clients’ growth and profitability. What sprang from her experience working with entrepreneurs in rural areas catapulted her into becoming the world’s leading expert in attracting top talent in small businesses—no matter what hiring challenges those businesses are facing—and earned Tap the Potential’s reputation as the go-to resource for entrepreneurs committed to creating Great Places to Work with thriving coaching cultures and highly engaged team members working from strengths.

As The Business Psychologist, and with her years of driving profit in small businesses, Dr. Sabrina knows what it takes to find, keep, and motivate exceptional performance out of your biggest investment—team members.