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]

Three Years and Counting

Three Years and Counting

Few people endure slumps and a downturn in performance as often as professional athletes. Even the greatest sports stars suffer through stretches where seemingly nothing goes right. During his heyday, Michael Jordan had a commercial in which he stated, “I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life.” Then, after a short pause, [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]

Saying Thanks To Build Better Relationships

Saying Thanks To Build Better Relationships

As the year comes to a close, I wonder what it would be like if more of us said thank you to each other.  Not just at the end of the year, but throughout the year… I can count on my two hands the amount of times that someone from downstream has thanked us for [Read More]

Right-Size For Profits

Right-Size For Profits

Right-sizing, why did I not have this in my vocabulary before ’07?  Makes sense. We are constructors of buildings and handle the civil management of projects, but the bottom line is that we are service providers. Just like architects, engineers, lawyers, bankers or accountants, all service providers of different sorts. We need to be adjusting( [Read More]

Geotechnical Testing now, Saves Money later

Geotechnical Testing now, Saves Money later

You can’t take anything for granted; even the ground under your feet. That’s why it is important to have Geotechnical testing done before construction begins on a project. But nothing is perfect, and even the best Geotech firms can’t always determine exactly what it is going on beneath the surface. A Sinking Feeling On one [Read More]

The Healing Process

The Healing Process

As our work takes me throughout the southeast, I continue to see optimistic signs that commercial markets are on the upswing. Increases for everyone Retail occupancy is improving, apartment rental rates are starting to increase and we are feeling more buzz around our office. More phone calls for opportunities.  While these steps might be small, [Read More]

From the Slopes to the Board Room, Success is All About Preparation

From the Slopes to the Board Room, Success is All About Preparation

In business, it’s easy to get caught up in the now. Which fires need putting out this instant? While a certain amount of urgency is to be expected, I’m convinced that making time to prepare for what’s coming next is the key to success. When it comes down to it, most business wins are about [Read More]

Now More Than Ever, Solid Strategic Partnerships Keep Us Afloat

Now More Than Ever, Solid Strategic Partnerships Keep Us Afloat

I cannot imagine these times without the partners who work alongside us. Our folks really need to be multiple places at the same time looking for opportunities. (Since there are fewer opportunities right now.) We cannot do it alone. These partners keep their radar up for us and we gladly reciprocate. To me, this is [Read More]

Raise Your Prices…And the Value You Provide

Our company likes a good bargain, and we are not alone. Entire organizations have been built using business models around the simple premise of selling products for less. With the economy continuing to lag, there remains considerable downward pressure on pricing. I sometimes struggle with the notion that “cheaper is better.” We all know that’s [Read More]