Author Archives: Brad Larson

How to Create a Horrible Construction Department

Corporate construction departments are crucial to the success of a growing company. Often behind the scenes doing thankless work, the construction department is tasked with getting facilities built and opened. Regardless of whether it’s a new restaurant, store, or a regional support office, the construction folks are mission-critical. From good to bad to worse, we’ve […]

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Do Not Confuse Activity With Achievement

Legendary coach John Wooden once said, “Do not confuse activity with achievement”. What he was getting at, and this has become truer and truer over the years, is that while we like to measure ourselves by our work hours what really matters is what gets done. In the commerical construction industry, there is certainly plenty […]

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9 Rules for Successful Construction Projects

Construction projects are managed chaos. If projects aren’t carefully planned and executed, they are like a slow-moving tornado of money and people and building materials. For one, contractors have earned their bad reputations. Too many contractors are nonresponsive, slow, and unprofessional. And then there’s rain. Oh yeah, and then there’s local municipalities. And bankers. And […]

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The Human Element

We used to build for a certain company which will remain nameless here, but you have heard of them. This company is large and has a well-defined corporate structure. Their construction department may well be bigger than our entire company. There are lots of humans involved in the construction process, but the human element is […]

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