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A Weekly Podcast about business development, company culture and loving the place you work just a little bit more.

A Weekly Podcast about business development, company culture and loving the place you work just a little bit more.
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A Weekly Podcast about business development, company culture and loving the place you work just a little bit more.




Episode 46 – Giving Thanks

This week, we are talking about the sometimes complicated topic of being grateful. If you celebrate Thanksgiving, you know that while we’re all enjoying a giant holiday meal with whatever your family’s favorite dishes may be, the underlying meaning of the holiday is right in the name – giving thanks. We’re talking about why some […]


Episode 45 – PM Software

This week, we’re talking about one of Jason’s pet peeves – Project Management Software. We see all kinds of PM Software issues, from software that we have to continually work around, to software that just doesn’t do what we want it to do. In this episode we’re going to talk about why that happens and […]


Episode 44 – Do Something That Terrifies You!

Last week, we were the ‘Big Top’ Sponsors for ABC’s circus themed Fall Event, and we promised a surprise. We had a lot of fun with the sponsorship, the event and this episode. We’re talking about: Taking the Risks that we’ve always wanted to take The times when you have to just take a leap […]


Episode 43 – Team Tasking

Back in Episode 31, we talked about keeping track of all of your tasks in one place. This week, we’re talking about what the benefits are of keeping your whole team’s tasks in one place with Team Tasking. Team tasking is a great way to make sure that everyone is on the same page, from […]


Episode 42 – Spooky Safety Stories

This week, it’s our favorite holiday – Halloween! (Check out the podcast image to see Bowie, our new pet dragon skeleton!) We’re talking to some longtime Arcade friends and family, as well as some newcomers about spooky safety stories. Tune in, if you’re in for a scary good time! Crack open your favorite Halloween candy […]


Episode 41 – Leaving Well

This week, we spoke with another special guest – Jason Lange, Chief Operating Officer for AM Exteriors. We asked him what he’d want to discuss on the podcast, and he had a great idea for a really relevant topic – leaving a job well. After his recent experience of spending some time away from AM […]


Episode 40 – Trade Organizations

We help construction companies. Being in a line of work like that puts us into contact with other organizations who do the same all the time. We work with several different trade organizations in a few different capacities, but always to the same end – helping subcontractors and GCs to do their work more efficiently, […]


Episode 39 – Don’t Let Zombies in Your House!

Halloween is coming, and if you hadn’t heard, we’re big fans of Halloween at Arcade. (Hence the upcoming Halloween party – #GetPunk’d2019) In preparation, we thought we’d record a podcast episode in the holiday spirit, so this week, we’re comparing Project Management to a Zombie movie! Often, we get involved with a project that is […]


Episode 38 – Planning Ahead

In the construction industry, it’s pretty common for companies to be busy all summer long. When the summer ends and the Seattle rainclouds come back out, a lot of our clients use that shift to start thinking about the coming year, so we’re talking this week about Planning. Whether you bring your team together for […]


Episode 37 – Storytime with Arcade (Part 2)

This episode is the second and final part of Storytime with Arcade. In this episode, we talk about our lives and work after we moved back to the Pacific Northwest from Toronto. Also, more (and possibly a tiny bit too much) scotch. As with last week, if you’re looking for business development information, you’ll find […]


Episode 36 – Storytime with Arcade (Part 1)

This week’s episode is a little different than our usual episode. After 35 episodes of talking about business development and company culture, we thought it might make sense to make an episode about where we came from, and how we came to this line of work. If you’re looking for business development information, you’ll find […]


Episode 35 – The Art of War

This week, we’re talking about our upcoming training series, The Art of War with ABC. People often ask us why we named the series The Art of War. When we read Sun Tzu’s book of military advice of the same name, we couldn’t help but feel like it was relevant to the contracting world today. […]


Podcast Episode 34 – Managing Performance

All month, we’ve been talking about the ways you can tune up your organization with regards to taking care of your team. This week, we’re talking about the misunderstood black sheep in the HR toolbox – Performance Management. On the one hand, we hear all the time that it’s everyone’s least favorite time of year. […]


Podcast Episode 33 – Building Your Map

This month on The Critical Path, we’re focusing on all of the little tweaks you can make to run a tighter ship. We talked about tasking, about compensation, and now we’re getting into the brass tacks of Organizational Mapping – the art/science of informing your teams of what they’re expected to do and how their […]


Podcast Episode 32 – Navigating Compensation

We talk a lot about company culture and the fact that money isn’t the only factor in a good hire. That being said, compensation is still an important factor to navigate if you want to strengthen your teams with every new hire. This week, we’re talking about compensation – about how to sort out what […]


Podcast Episode 31 – Get Your House in Order!

If boosting your business up to the next level is a journey (and it is,) the necessary first step of the trip is Time Management. Having the mental energy and actual minutes and hours to spend thinking about what you need and where you want to go requires having a little time to spare! This […]


Podcast Episode 30 – Jetpack Leadership Cohort

We’ve been talking a lot about leadership lately, and this week, to celebrate our 30th podcast episode, we are talking about our newest offering, the Jetpack Leadership Cohort. (Also, another scotchisode, if you’re interested in that sort of thing…) We’re building a year-long cohort program to focus a serious spotlight on all of the elements […]


Podcast Episode 29 – How to Boost Your Leaders

This week, we’re continuing our discussion about Leadership (after a brief unexpected hiatus as we replaced the carpeting in our office and everything was turned upside down for a couple of weeks!) We’re talking about: Our Three Prong Approach to Leadership 1. Being a person other people will want to follow 2. The day to […]


Podcast Episode 28 – Leading Your Team

Last week, we talked about building a strong team. This week, we’re taking the next logical step and addressing how to actually lead your team day-to-day. So much of leadership is a product of how you handle things that go wrong, and how you support your team through mistakes. We talk about: Building a Team […]


Podcast Episode 27 – Building Your Team

This month, we’re talking about Leadership. An often overlooked truth is that leadership starts at building the right team for the job. Understanding the needs of the task at hand, and your own boundaries as a leader is key to putting the right people in your corner. We talk about: You can’t hire processes Understanding […]