To Achieve Collaboration, Create “Teams of One”

To Achieve Collaboration, Create “Teams of One”

Over the last few days, unusually high winds and a lot of rain overtaxed the storm water controls of a recently completed building in Kansas. Water infiltrated the first level of the structure. We studied the problem a few days ago, making recommendations to our customer and the civil engineer. There was still more wind [Read More]

Teamwork: Moving Past the Cliche

Teamwork: Moving Past the Cliche

If I were to rank overused words in business today, “sustainability” would be at the top of my list. “Teamwork” is close behind, only because most do not walk the walk. In fact, I think sometimes “teamwork” has become so cliche that it has lost meaning. So what is teamwork? Ten years ago, I took [Read More]

A Simple Garden Grows More than Produce

A Simple Garden Grows More than Produce

Three years ago we decided to plant a few tomato plants beside our office. That small patch of land has become much more. Our plot has grown into a full garden featuring silver queen corn, rosemary, strawberries, blueberries, cantaloupes, watermelons, squash, turnip greens, cucumbers, peppers and of course—tomatoes. Beyond the beautiful produce, the beds have [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]

Admitting Mistakes: Good Keys to Success

Admitting Mistakes: Good Keys to Success

Making mistakes is common for everyone. We all make them. Admitting to mistakes is not always an immediate reaction. Instead, many try to redirect the blame to others or maybe provide incomplete answers back. I tell our folks at Stewart Perry that they will always make mistakes along the trail and it is a sign [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]

Run the Race with Endurance, Then Push for Excellence at the End

Run the Race with Endurance, Then Push for Excellence at the End

Lately, it seems like I’m surrounded by races. Earlier this week, I told you about my Indy Grand Prix of Alabama experience at Barber Motorsports Park. A NASCAR race happened just down the road last weekend at the Talladega Superspeedway. This Saturday, the Kentucky Derby will be run for the 136th time. To me, business [Read More]

Think Long Term: Build Strong Subcontractor Relationships

Over the years, I have seen building contractors take unfair advantage of subcontractors. I’ve seen subs abused, used and in some cases driven out of business. To me, this isn’t the way to approach construction or life, particularly in these tough economic times. It’s all about helping each other get through the downturn so we [Read More]

How to Innovate Your Organization Through Design

Recently, one of our long-term client relationships sponsored a forum in New York City on innovation of company culture through design. While I wasn’t able to attend, I did get my hands on some great notes from a friend. Design of function has evolved to be much more in the center of technology, business and [Read More]

How to Use Outdoor Challenges to Teach Teamwork by: Paul Broderick

How to Use Outdoor Challenges to Teach Teamwork by: Paul Broderick

In the construction industry, project managers and superintendents sometimes do not get to spend much casual time together, but we all know that jobs run more efficiently if each understands the importance of the other’s role and both strive to work as a team. When I started brainstorming ways to bring Stewart Perry together, my [Read More]