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 [...]
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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 [...]
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 [...]