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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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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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