May 27, 2021

The contractor-foreman relationship: Framing foreman Marcus @broski_builds on Instagram

The contractor-foreman relationship: Framing foreman Marcus @broski_builds on Instagram

This episode is a candid conversation between a general contractor with a crew (Mike Knoche) and a foreman that runs a crew (Marcus Nagtegaal) but we have never met before recording. We talk about the contractor-foreman relationship, the pitfalls of ego in managing employees, the importance of recognizing employees individual skills and letting go of the reins because is just more productive. We also delve into social media and how it's brought he building community together. A must listen for anyone with a foreman that manages a crew, foreman, middle management in any industry, and anyone who wants to hear how we interact behind the scenes in a small construction company.

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The Contracting Handbook podcast discusses the behind the scenes running of a small contracting company. Your host, Mike Knoche, has been successfully running his small contracting company for 16 years. Here he shares what worked for him, mistakes he made along the way, and his “aha” moments. It’s everything from starting up, working with employees, subcontractors, and client. He’ll get into proposals, contracts, marketing and much more. It won’t just be Mike’s perspective as he will talk to contractors from all over the US and the world because through his travels in the off season he’s come to see that contractors everywhere have similar business needs, struggles, and ideas in common. Contact Mike at for questions, comments, or to be interviewed.

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Guest: Marc Nagtegaal

Insta:@broski builds


Host: Mike Knoche

Website: The Contracting Handbook

Instagram: @thecontractinghandbook

Venmo: Mike-Knoche-1