The Power of Vision

You have heard Dennis and Wayne talk about leadership in their blogs many times. After over 20 years of working with construction executives and developing strategic plans, what kind of leadership observation would knock Dennis for a loop? Watch Digging Deeper this...

Gratitude As a Strategic Advantage

You’re not going to believe the documented statistics about gratitude! Demonstrating genuine gratitude is a real competitive advantage especially in construction where butt-kicking has traditionally been the norm. And it’s not just for senior leaders; there is no...

Learning from Failure

Every contractor fails sometimes. Maybe it’s failing to hit a goal, a project doesn’t meet your customer’s standards, or a trade partner relationship becomes rocky. No matter how great the company and its leaders, every contractor experiences failure at some level....

A Key Planning Component – The SWOT Analysis

Both Dennis and Wayne extoll the benefits of robust strategic planning all the time, but how do you actually do it? What are the components? One very important part is the SWOT Analysis. Please tune in this week as Wayne drills down into this planning tool and advises...

Building High Trust Teams in a Low Touch World

We all know trust is vital to building and sustaining effective teams, but it’s especially challenging in the new normal hybrid work environment. Watch Digging Deeper this week as Dennis shares actionable tips for improving trust and performance on your teams. We’d...

It’s a New Year! Now What Do I Do?

High achieving contractors tend to be very hard on themselves – their own harshest critics you might say. We tend to dwell on our failures or shortcomings of last year in efforts to learn and challenge ourselves to be better contractors. But is this the right way to...

Happy New Year!

Your friends at The Family Business Institute wish you all a very happy New Year. We hope that 2022 will be prosperous, happy, safe, and successful for...

It’s a Wonderful Life

“It’s a Wonderful Life” If you haven’t seen the classic Jimmy Stewart movie, please do! SPOILER ALERT: we give away the ending in this blog! What REALLY makes for a successful life? How do we get what George Bailey had in the movie; how do we achieve...

What Employees Want vs. What Employers Want

Wayne talked about The Great Resignation in a recent blog. With the dramatic increase in people quitting their jobs, contractors are finding it more difficult than ever to attract and retain top talent. This week in Digging Deeper, Dennis shares three simple ideas...

Trust: Your Most Valuable Asset

Did you know that 58% of employees say they would trust a complete stranger more than their own managers? Why is trust in the media, government, schools, sports, and other institutions so appallingly low? And what can you do about it in the context of your...