The Construction Leading Edge Podcast

The root cause of low confidence is a lack of action...

Welcome to Episode 51 of The Construction Leading Edge podcast from  This an interview with Ryan Michler - veteran, entrepreneur, husband, father and founder of

This episode is all about personal development, and while the conversation is aimed at men, most of the concepts and strategies we discuss will help men and women.

Topics we discuss include:

  • The root cause of a lack of confidence
  • Why systems and processes are better than goals
  • Why you need a life philosophy
  • Leadership lessons Ryan Michler has learned
  • Dealing with resistance

Resources mentioned in this episode:

Free audio book and 30 day trial from Audible

Ryan Michler's website -

Deep Work by Cal Newport

Extreme Ownership by Jocko Willink

Ego Is The Enemy and The Obstacle Is The Way by Ryan Holiday


Direct download: 051_Ryan_Michler.mp3
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The "If we can't find them, we'll have to create them," strategy to the skilled labor shortage.

Welcome to Episode #50 of The Construction Leading Edge podcast, brought to you by, which continues to tackle the skilled labor shortage problem in construction.

This episode is an interview with Shawn Van Dyke, COO of a trim and millwork contractor in Knoxville, TN and a 20 year veteran of the construction industry.

We talk about topics including:

  • The unique approach his company is taking to solve the skilled labor shortage problem.
  • "If we can't find them, maybe they don't exist.  Maybe we'll have to create them."
  • The surprising page on their website that has been a powerful recruiting tool.
  • How new hires can achieve a level of skill at a craft much faster than was possible in the past.
  • How social media helps their carpenters hone and improve their skills.
  • Practical advice you can use to clean up the paperwork side of your business.

Resources mentioned in this episode:

The Paperwork Punchlist - 28 Days to Streamline Your Construction Business

Shawn's website -

Shawn's email - connect(at)

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Direct download: 050_Shawn_Van_Dyke_6.2.2017.mp3
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