S1E13: Why Do I Need to Hire Someone When I Already Do Their Job? | Angelica Valdivia and José Villeda

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S1E13: Why Do I Need to Hire Someone When I Already Do Their Job? | Angelica Valdivia and José Villeda

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When he immigrated to the U.S. in 2005, José Villeda never imagined that he would one day start a construction company. 

He had no construction experience, no business experience, and no money, and he didn’t speak English. But in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, he saw a need for quality craftsmanship and materials in New Orleans. His exceptional leadership skills and drive to learn launched him into the entrepreneurial world.

Today, José is the CEO and Visionary of JLV Construction, and his partner, Angelica Valdivia, is the vice president, CFO, and Integrator™. The pair have built a professional relationship founded on trust, communication, and clear division of roles. In this episode, they share how EOS® has improved their work-life balance.

Key Takeaways: 

  • Implementing EOS reduces operational stress.
  • In order to grow rapidly, you need an operational system in place.
  • Have Same Page Meetings™ as often as you need them – don’t limit yourself to once a month.

Some Questions Asked: 

  • How did José start his business when five years prior he didn’t have any money, connections, or construction experience?
  • Why did José decide to run his business on EOS?
  • What challenges have José and Angelica faced when defining Visionary and Integrator roles?

Operate on EOS and Dream Big

Angelica and José share that embracing their Visionary and Integrator roles has inspired them to dream big and stress less. José points out that this holds special significance for him. While he is immensely grateful for the opportunities he has been given ever since he immigrated to the U.S., his journey has required nonstop hard work. 

In 2010, José moved to New Orleans to work construction. He was doing small jobs for people in low-income neighborhoods and noticed how badly the people were being treated by contractors in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. People deserved better, and José saw the impact a quality house can have on someone’s life.  

“We don’t believe that we are building homes. We are fulfilling people’s dreams.” – José [9:32]

When his company took off in 2014, José was the sole payroll employee. He knew he needed help, but it was tough to take the plunge and hire a full-time office manager.

“Sometimes I was scared about doing the next step and hiring people. With a few guys, [the business] wasn’t a commitment… With Angelica, it was a little different. It was a compromise.” – José [12:21]

The company grew rapidly. Within a few years, José and Angelica realized they wouldn’t be able to keep pace without an organizational system. They were introduced to EOS in 2016, but it wasn’t until a few years later that they started officially implementing it. One challenge they faced was defining and refining role responsibilities so that there was no overlap between the Visionary and Integrator.

However, with increased role clarity, José and Angelica have seen the ways in which their skills are complementary. Most of all, they attest that EOS has been like a torch lighting their way toward a more relaxed future. They’ve even been able to go dancing again.

“Now, because we feel that we have the tools and the confidence that the system that we are creating is going to help us achieve [our goals], we feel much better. And actually, there’s less stress.” – José [30:58]

If you’re interested in implementing EOS and making measurable progress toward your professional growth goals, don’t miss this episode of Rocket Fuel.

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About The Rocket Fuel Podcast

Every outstanding entrepreneurial business has a common element that launched it to success. 

It has a Visionary who sees the big picture, envisions the future, and lives for challenge and risk. It also has an Integrator™, who works behind the scenes executing the business plan and doing the backbreaking work of making the Visionary’s dreams a reality. 

On their own, these two types of leaders have potential, but together they form an essential relationship that propels their business to new heights – we call that Rocket Fuel™. 

Join real and raw conversations with the world’s top entrepreneurial duos as they talk about their journey to getting more of what they want from their business. Hosted by Mark C. Winters, Visionary and co-author of Rocket Fuel. 

About Mark C. Winters

Mark C. Winters is an Expert EOS Implementer™, co-author of Rocket Fuel alongside Gino Wickman, and the Visionary of Rocket Fuel University™. Since age 28, Mark has started, bought, shut down, or sold 14 companies. Today, he spends much of his time helping entrepreneurial leadership teams run on EOS® and has delivered over 700 full-day sessions with companies around the United States. Mark’s talent for introducing the right combination of perspective and process sparks leadership teams to start moving, move faster, or begin moving in the right direction — with clarity. 

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