Growth in any business, regardless of the industry, is a function of variance. This is a fact. However, in my opinion, there is no other industry where such a variety of complex issues combine to produce variance. Therefore, to successfully scale a company’s growth, a leader's number one responsibility must be to protect his [...]
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In his follow up to the well-known Mastering the Rockefeller Habits, Verne Harnish hit another homerun with Scaling Up - How a Few Companies Make it …And Why the Rest Don’t. Scaling Up, he notes, “is organized around the 4 Decisions a leader must address: People, Strategy, Execution, and Cash” to scale an organization [...]
Ours is a noble industry, essential and central to a thriving economy in our country. The responsibility to live up to and defend that premise is up to you and whether or not you believe in “nobility” as a defining characteristic of the title “Builder”. If you do, the way you plan and execute [...]
Short-term thinking gets us to tomorrow. A well-executed strategy illuminates the future and builds the bridge to get there. Without a well-executed strategy, the future most of us want will always seem one step ahead and out of reach. But despite all of the complex stuff keeping you up at night and thwarting your [...]
“Excellence is a game with endless innings. At best we partially succeed – and that makes all the difference.” Pascal Dennis Connections impact everything! Everything we have and are today, is connected to what we thought and did yesterday in some tangible way. This is not so much about social connections that dominate much [...]
With few exceptions, business owners in our industry aren’t known for disciplined strategic planning when it comes to profit. Instead, we’re known for being busy. That’s not a critique; just a fact. But profit is much more than just a good idea or an afterthought. Now, busy in the sense of having a lot of projects [...]
Opportunities in Disguise: Change is a conundrum. We want it but we don’t. The daily grind confronts us with our own self-limiting shortcomings which are opportunities in disguise, all too often escaping our grasp in exchange for a default to comfort. We focus a lot of time and effort on “getting better”, while somehow managing [...]
Every business owner dreams of having a company that runs without them; to sit back and enjoy the fruit of their labor without the pressure and stress of the daily grind. In the crazy world of the construction industry especially, the emotional wear and tear can be unbearable. So why don’t we do that? Is [...]
People are everything! But, as author Jim Collins has said, "People are not our most important asset, the right ones are." With the right ones, we have potential. With the wrong ones, we have problems! The capacity to build ultra-successful organizations lands squarely on finding and keeping the right people. But getting there is [...]
Demand! The one thing we all want and need is to be in demand – to be needed, wanted and possess the assurance that our business is relevant in the marketplace. But the ever-changing world of the construction business has a way of creating its share of ongoing uncertainty and apprehension, especially as witnessed [...]