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 [...]
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Health! It is the one thing we all strive for, both personally and corporately; to be well – to live well and do well. Health is best defined by a person’s or organization’s ability to produce optimal results. We know instinctively when health is threatened or compromised because in spite of our best efforts, our [...]
It goes without saying; these are unique and unprecedented times like none of us has lived through before. The economic crisis of 2008-09 did massive damage for a large segment of the population, but the COVID-19 crisis exempts no one. We are all in it and all being impacted in some way. It has [...]
How do we, as a business community, respond to the current state of affairs concerning the pandemic COVID-19 health threat, while protecting our businesses from the potential fallout? It is a question that is very relevant and all-consuming for business owners across our nation and the world. With so much invested and so much [...]
Of the many responsibilities we are called to every day in the construction business, one stands out as underserved and neglected – inspiration. At its core, leadership is inspiration. It’s taking people somewhere on purpose; moving them to act of their own volition, to follow, support and devote themselves to the mission at [...]
Author Jim Collins has elegantly noted that in business, “Good is the enemy of Great”. In his fascinating study of “Great” companies compared to “Good” companies, those defined as “Good” found it too easy to settle for mediocrity and failed to produce consistent profit. “Great” companies however, stood out from good by virtue [...]
Times have changed. The labor market for the construction industry has taken significant hits since the great recession of 2008-09 - a dilemma felt by builders and trades across the country with few exceptions. And while finding and keeping good people has always been a challenge in our industry, now the stakes are [...]
What exactly is business growth? Most business owners say they want it, but most can’t define it. Not that more sales and income aren’t desirable outcomes, but there is a lot more to business growth than meets the eye. Outcomes rely on inputs. Business growth isn’t illusive or mysterious, but [...]
To improve is to overcome something that impedes our way forward; an obstacle or hurdle that blocks us from becoming better people and leaders. But improvement is an inside game. Getting better at anything requires a personal confrontation. Learning how to get out of our own way is what defines our lifelong journey to [...]
A new year offers new beginnings. Past challenges, disappointments and even failures are history, and in spite of the sting that sometimes remains, the prospect of a new beginning fosters hope. And hope is a driving force that keeps us looking forward to a brighter future. But hope is not a strategy. Diving into [...]