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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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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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The Bitterness of Poor Quality

Quality can mean different things to different people. It is more of a perception than a quantitative measure, a feeling that you are left with after you’ve completed a project or bought something you truly love. Quality to me means something that will last, something that will stand the test of time and the daily […]

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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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What Showed Up With Harvey

I grew up in Houston. As a kid I went to the ‘dome and, alongside Dad, enjoyed the careers of Biggio, Bagwell, and Caminiti. I’ve hunted and fished in the southeast Texas region my entire life. My roots are there, our company headquarters is there, and my family is there. I live in north Texas […]

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