Try As You Might.

Try As You Might.

You win some. You lose some. But when you get really close to winning and still have to walk away empty handed? That’s especially difficult. A few weeks ago, as I watched the final holes of the British Open, I could not help but feel for Matt Kuchar as he walked up the 18th fairway. He played great, and by all rights [Read More]

Wisdom and Experience Traveling Hand in Hand

Wisdom and Experience Traveling Hand in Hand

This week, a couple of us were reviewing an article about a building contractor that let things get out of control on a large high school project. The Board of Education had just announced the school would not open in the fall as planned, delaying until December. (Every surety’s nightmare.) We then started discussing large [Read More]

Not Yet.

Not Yet.

When I was younger, things seemed more black and white. Like many at that age, my answer was either “yes,” or “no,” and not much in between. Over the years, I have learned that there is also the right place to say “maybe, but not yet.” To me, learning to be direct and definitive is [Read More]

One Step at a Time

One Step at a Time

Fifteen years ago, I was officially broke and near bankruptcy. The good news was that only our CFO and I knew it. It was a perfect storm. My marriage was breaking up, my business partner wanted out, and the company had a negative net worth. The bank called me and told me they did not [Read More]

Conducting the Job Site Symphony

Conducting the Job Site Symphony

In our industry, it’s common for project superintendents to start as carpenters, earning their positions as managers through years of hard work. Many of our guys advanced this way, but we do have a handful of folks who took a different path into construction. For example, one of our superintendents was a music major in college, [Read More]

The Power of Shaking Hands

The Power of Shaking Hands

When I was visiting DC a few years ago, a friend, who was then Director of Personnel at the Supreme Court, asked if I would like a tour. Of course I would. During my tour, she shared several bits of trivia on the building. The 5th floor basketball gym might be referred to as “The [Read More]

Stand Inline or Right Next To It?

Stand Inline or Right Next To It?

Imagine yourself as new hire in a company. You’re full of different ideas that maybe counter to the culture of the company, as you see it. Do you pull yourself in line with your company’s culture, or maybe risk speaking up? Simply put–fit in or stand out? That’s a difficult position, and research indicates that [Read More]

Time, and a Canvas.

Time, and a Canvas.

A week ago last Thursday, we lost one of the most vibrant sports reporters a basketball court has ever known, when Craig Sager passed away at the age of 65. Here was a man who rose from a small-town Midwestern upbringing to become one of the most recognizable sports reporters on the basketball scene. He [Read More]

Take A Walk

Take A Walk

I’m a morning person, so I usually come to work all fired up. Then lunch time hits. As the afternoon progresses, I sometimes go from turbo to first gear. I have found a walk outside around our place, even if it’s only 15 minutes, can move the gear up a bit. Here’s my quick value [Read More]

The Right Way to Be Wrong

The Right Way to Be Wrong

We would all like to weigh our words carefully before we speak, and only say things we’ll be proud of 24-hours later. In reality, this doesn’t always happen. Earlier this week, toward the end of a tough, stressful day, I had a disagreement with a couple of our managers over something minor. I told them [Read More]