Why Do People Constantly Look in the Rear View Mirror?

In presentations, we often ask the audience, “How many of you got into construction because you wanted to manage people?” You can guess the answer, right? The fact remains, however, that as you move up the ladder in this industry, your success less and less depends on...

Build The Backlog

Backlog may be the best “leading indicator” for a contractor’s health. Backlog today, however, isn’t quite the same as it was in the old hard dollar bid days; jobs take longer to start and to execute. In other words, you need MORE backlog today to assure your future...

Soar to Your Strengths

Research shows that people who utilize their strengths – rather than focusing on improving their weaknesses – are more engaged, productive, and happy at work. Isn’t that what we’re all working towards: happy and engaged teams? Tune into our blog this week as FBI...

Combatting The Great Resignation

Not long ago, Wayne did a blog on the subject of The Great Resignation and presented you with a few action steps for keeping your team intact. Please watch Digging Deeper this week as Dennis takes up the subject and drills down into the three top reasons people leave...

The Best Teams Hold THEMSELVES Accountable

According to Jack McGuiness writing for the CEO Network, the worst teams have zero accountability, average teams have a boss who holds people accountable, and the best teams hold THEMSELVES accountable. What is accountability anyway, and why is it so elusive for...

Coach K’s Leadership Lessons

We know what you’re thinking: “Dennis, it’s easy for Coach K! He gets whatever recruits he wants and he has the best funding and the best assistants in the country. How can we relate to Coach K?!?” Think about this; he wasn’t always Coach K. He was just plain old Mike...

The Three Common Elements to Successful Onboarding

According to blogger Jim Baker, for most companies “onboarding is either inconsistent or nonexistent.” I agree; my son went to work for a very highly regarded company where the hiring process was world class. What followed after the hire was, however, a very different...

Developing Habits That Stick

You’ve heard the Chinese saying, “A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” Building the right sets of habits can be game-changing for leaders. But the real challenge lies in forming these habits and sticking to them. Big changes begin with very small...

The 2004 Boston Red Sox and the Importance of CHEMISTRY

Don’t let your blood pressure rise! We’re not flashing back to your college chemistry nightmare! We’re talking about chemistry in the sense of interactions with other people and rapport. The father of sabermetrics, Bill James, recently opined on the subject of...

Make the Most of Your Technology!

The construction industry is once again faced with a familiar challenge – how do you attract and retain a skilled workforce (a vexing issue we first addressed in articles and speeches over 20 years ago!)? With experienced and skilled workers retiring and not enough...