A Trip to Augusta

A Trip to Augusta

This year, I was fortunate to attend The Masters, hosted at Augusta National Golf Club, as the guest of a friend who is the son of a former Masters champion. After my time of 4 days there, I got to thinking about the means and methods of being successful on course vs in business: Stay after it. When a [Read More]

Finding Balance in the Cash Flow Cycle

Finding Balance in the Cash Flow Cycle

As we emerge from the largest financial crisis we’ve seen in 8 decades, companies have a unique opportunity for expansion. But growth presents a new set of challenges, so it’s also a good idea to plan cautiously for the future. We all need a cushion, and the art is finding the sweet spot of just [Read More]

5 Tips for Getting It Right with Highly Specialized Subcontractors

5 Tips for Getting It Right with Highly Specialized Subcontractors

In commercial construction, we have found it’s easy to get in a rut. Sure, we build different types of structures, but we are often dealing with a similar set of trade contractors—structural steel, MEP, masons, paint, etc. After years of working in the industry, most of us have a list of folks we trust. We [Read More]

Worth your Salt: A Few Thoughts to Consider Beyond Financial Benefits

Worth your Salt: A Few Thoughts to Consider Beyond Financial Benefits

These days, salt gets a bad rap. The USDA tells us that sprinkling too much on food can result in high blood pressure. We’re encouraged to steer clear. But in ancient times, salt represented a lifeline. It’s main role was as a preservative. In the absence of refrigeration, that was exceptionally important. So important, that Roman [Read More]

An Evening with Apple’s Tim Cook

An Evening with Apple’s Tim Cook

Tim Cook leads one of the largest global corporations, with sales approaching $200 billion, but you’d never know it. I had the opportunity to visit with Steve Jobs’ Apple successor recently at the Auburn University Lifetime Achievement Awards, and found him to be engaging, insightful and most of all, humble.  Cook came from modest beginnings in rural [Read More]

Making a Difference, One Storefront at a Time

Making a Difference, One Storefront at a Time

Impressive things are happening in the “Black Belt” town of Greensboro, Alabama. The area was named for its rich topsoil when cotton was king, and is now facing a variety of challenges. For the last few years, a grassroots group of folks from around the nation have focused their efforts down South, inciting change in [Read More]

Frozen in Time: Structural Analysis in a Historical Renovation

Frozen in Time: Structural Analysis in a Historical Renovation

We recently started work on the renovation of a 100-year-old structure in the city as the Construction Manager for The Lyric Theatre, a project which has proved interesting for many reasons. One  is the history lesson we are getting about construction practices in 1913. The foundations, rebar and structural steel have proven particularly interesting. We [Read More]

For Success, Attitude is a Good Start

For Success, Attitude is a Good Start

Not too long ago, when I visited Interface‘s offices, I walked past a wall inscribed with these words: To be healthy, wealthy, happy and successful in any and all areas of your life you need to be aware that you need to think healthy, wealthy, happy and successful thoughts twenty four hours a day and [Read More]

It’s Still About the Basics

It’s Still About the Basics

Another college football signing day is on the books. For coaches, getting there is always a long process. Throughout the year, coaching staffs scrambled to reach good prospects to fill the rosters. Sure, text messaging and social media conversations are a part of the plan, but a recent Wall Street Journal article reported that more [Read More]

Becoming a Restorative Enterprise

Becoming a Restorative Enterprise

Recently, I spent an afternoon with the John Bradford, the chief innovation officer of Interface carpet. I can only say, “Wow,” to everything they’re doing and how they’re doing it. Interface was founded some 4 decades ago by Ray Anderson, a visionary in the carpet industry who, among other things, developed the concept of carpet tiles. [Read More]