Category Archives: Business Insights

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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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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Rebar Reflections

It felt like God had turned on a sky-sized hair dryer. There was no shade in sight, save for a hat brim. I was the greenhorn on the jobsite, just a hired hand to pick up trash and do menial tasks. I asked our superintendent what I could do to help. “Well, there are those […]

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The Dignity of Work

A recent Gallup poll found that over 70% of workers in the United States are disengaged from their work. They are checked out, burned out, and unfulfilled. The estimated cost of worker disengagement is in the hundreds of billions and something tells me that’s a conservative estimate. So what’s going on here? Do we have […]

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Find Your Why

“People don’t buy what you do; they buy why you do it.” – Simon Sinek I am an old millennial. And I’m not ashamed of it. Millennials get trashed a lot these days, and I find that even among my peers it’s popular to talk about how worthless millennials are. They aren’t motivated. They are […]

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