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Episode 50: Hiring to Your Weaknesses... AND Strengths?

Welcome to Blue Collar StartUp, the podcast!
Our Mission is Simple: To facilitate the growth and development of Blue Collar businesses. We will showcase REAL Blue Collar businesses in interviews, and use these stories to help educate and empower the next generation of trades workers to become Blue Collar business owners.

In this episode, our hosts Mike Nelson and Derek Foster interview Michael Turcotte, proprietor of Turn Cycle Solutions!

Michael built and grew his New Hampshire-based business with the usual hard work and hiring team members to cover his own weaknesses... But he also made the unique decision to hire people with similar strengths to his own. Why would he replace his own strengths with a costly employee, and how did this decision help his business grow? Listen to this episode, and you just might find out!

00:36 - The Scoop on Turn Cycle Solutions

02:22 - From Grandma’s Breezeway to 18 Trucks!

07:33 - The Hiring Process: Covering Your Weaknesses

10:30 - Letting Go of Your Strengths

12:59 - The Employee Pipeline: Weird & Wacky

16:59 - Balancing Family and Business

20:41 - Cleaning Up a Mess

21:42 - Dad: The Cut-Up

22:58 - Patience is the Word

24:34 - Keeping Positive

29:10 - A Typical Day

32:24 - Mike’s Key Advice: Go Do What You’re Good At

33:45 - Human vs. Machine

36:13 - Closing Remarks: How to Get in Touch



  • Interviewers

    Mike Nelson & Derek Foster

  • Guest

    Michael Turcotte

  • Runtime

    37 Minutes, 43 Seconds

  • Air Date

    February 12th, 2024