How Do You Deal With Failure?

How Do You Deal With Failure?

Recently, I came across this post about failures of leadership. To me, Leadership is much more than following a set of rules or what someone has written in a book. Ideally it is instinctual and second-nature for one in the leadership role to not only guide, but also to learn. Failure is certainly a very [Read More]

Paving Efficiency Pays Off In The Long Haul

Paving Efficiency Pays Off In The Long Haul

The clickety-clack noise a train makes when traveling down the tracks can be a soothing sound. But hearing that same noise while driving on the interstate is annoying. For me, it’s partly because it gets me to thinking about how the road was paved and how the breaks in the pavement are slowly, but steadily [Read More]

A Simple Flower Can Bring A Company Together

A Simple Flower Can Bring A Company Together

Every year, we have a Christmas gathering to bring all the Stewart Perry families together. The first year this reunion was held at our place, we spent one Saturday morning planting several hundred daffodils across the lake on the hillside. We chose that spot because it is visible from our conference room and is a [Read More]

My Use of Social Media

My Use of Social Media

Thanks to several social media tools, I have been able to stay connected with increased frequency than before web 2.0.  A couple of years ago we started using several  of these  and the effectiveness of helping with relationships has been very encouraging.  I can count on a brief exchange with someone due to my blog [Read More]

A Visit Unexpected…

A Visit Unexpected…

In my travels I get to experience some cool things and this recent experience reminded me of things that many us take for granted. This recently happened to me during my last visit to the Dakota’s this fall.  After arriving, we gathered in a small bar and were approached by a young man who had [Read More]

If Bank Credit is hard to get these days then Surety Credit is a real close second

If Bank Credit is hard to get these days then Surety Credit is a real close second

While I think our economy continues to heal from what we are seeing the next 12 to 18 months will see more failures of the weak in commercial real estate and the construction industry.  2012 will be a tough year on the sureties and surety credit will even be harder to obtain over the next [Read More]

In Construction, Should You Hire for Technical Skills or Communication Skills?

In Construction, Should You Hire for Technical Skills or Communication Skills?

I say both, but that’s the short answer. Here’s how I got there. For me, Saturdays in the fall often involve at least a little bit of college football. While I was watching last weekend, I thought about how important communication is on the field. A quarterback might be blessed with tremendous athletic ability and [Read More]

Networking Isn’t All About the (Inter)Net

Networking Isn’t All About the (Inter)Net

Thanks to computers, smart phones and the Web, we as a society have never been more connected. I can send detailed information to multiple clients within a matter of seconds, and stay constantly updated on everything that is happening with the company and in the industry. Yet, sometimes I think that we as individuals have [Read More]

Whether It’s Personal Health or Job Safety, Take the “Ounce of Prevention” Approach

Whether It’s Personal Health or Job Safety, Take the “Ounce of Prevention” Approach

A friend of mine was just diagnosed with a severe illness this week. Sadly, it was the kind a simple procedure could have detected much earlier, solving the problem without major surgery. I think we are all sometimes guilty of procrastinating matters related to our health. It seems parallel to the way we think of [Read More]

Scout’s Honor: Communication is the Key to Business

Scout’s Honor: Communication is the Key to Business

I have been involved with the Boy Scouts of America for about 35 years. It’s a wonderful organization—I would encourage you to find a troop for your sons or grandsons if they are not already active. BSA teaches many essential skills that help children as they grow. I’ve found the basic principles they learn as [Read More]