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Staying Healthy; Personal and Corporate Mandates for Success

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 [...]

Staying Healthy; Personal and Corporate Mandates for Success2020-04-29T13:12:59+00:00

Surviving an Economic Storm

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 [...]

Surviving an Economic Storm2020-04-20T16:12:49+00:00

Dealing with Fear and Uncertainty in Turbulent Times

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 [...]

Dealing with Fear and Uncertainty in Turbulent Times2020-03-25T10:35:40+00:00

Inspiration: The First Stop on the Road to Success

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 [...]

Inspiration: The First Stop on the Road to Success2019-10-14T13:30:23+00:00

Becoming a Learning Organization; Becoming ‘Great’ vs ‘Good’

Author Jim Collins has elegantly noted that in business, “Good is the enemy of Great”[1].  In his fascinating study of “Great”[2] 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 [...]

Becoming a Learning Organization; Becoming ‘Great’ vs ‘Good’2019-10-07T14:10:08+00:00

The Road to Lasting Improvement

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 [...]

The Road to Lasting Improvement2019-04-01T09:51:43+00:00

Profit First: Commit, Plan, Pursue!

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 [...]

Profit First: Commit, Plan, Pursue!2019-01-11T16:24:27+00:00

Defend Your Profit, Not Your Prices

Today more than ever home buyers and remodeling customers are fixated on price.  Our nation’s consumer mindset is an intangible force behind most sales negotiations, including those involving major purchases of new homes or remodeling projects.  The impact on our industry is builders feeling beat up and exhausted trying to overcome this issue and ultimately [...]

Defend Your Profit, Not Your Prices2018-11-06T13:47:02+00:00

The Strategic Builder; What is Your Plan?

The building industry is loaded with opportunity unlike any we’ve seen since pre-2008. That translates into a terrific season to grow your building business and capture blazing profits. Taking away two nearly insurmountable obstacles of the past; lack of customers in the marketplace and lack of available financing, builders are left with an open door [...]

The Strategic Builder; What is Your Plan?2018-11-06T13:47:20+00:00

How Can I Find (and Keep) Enough Good Employees?

“Help! I can’t find enough good people.” That’s a common phrase among builders, remodelers and trades people around our country these days. It seems our labor force has taken some serious hits since the recession, and left us begging, borrowing and stealing to come up with enough good people to get the work done. This [...]

How Can I Find (and Keep) Enough Good Employees?2018-11-06T13:47:25+00:00